Tractatus de Podagra, in quo de ultimis vasis et liquidis, et succo nutritio, tractatur. Eboraci [York]: Excudebat J. White, impensis F. Hildyard… 1714. [Bound with:] A Treatise of Endemic Diseases wherein the different nature of airs, situations, soils, waters, diet, &c. are mechanically explain’d and accounted for. York: Printed by Grace White for Francis Hildyard,… 1718. [Bound with:] An essay on Contagious Diseases: more particularly on the small-pox, measles, putrid, malignant, and pestilential fevers.

York: Printed by Charles Bourne for Francis Hildyard,... .1721

3 works in 1 volume, 8vo. Pp. xii, 164; xi, 123, (1); 2 leaves (half-title and title), pp. iii–vi, 63, (1). All title-pages within double-ruled borders, a few woodcut diagrams in [1] and [3]. Contemporary mottled calf, unlettered, double gilt rules on sides. Binding a little rubbed and upper joint cracked, but fine copies. Contemporary signature of Edm. Dring, and a price of two shillings, on front pastedown.

SOLE EDITIONS. The first three published works of a prominent York physician, all locally printed. Wintringham (1689–1748) had a successful practice in York for more than thirty-five years. He should not be confused with his son, Sir Clifton Wintringham (1710–1794), also a physician, born at York, who became physician to George III and physician-general to the forces. These three works are all rare, in particular the Tractatus de Podagra (not in Wellcome; 3 copies in NUC), and the Essay on Contagious Diseases (1 copy). John White, who printed of the first work, was York’s chief printer from 1680 until his death in 1716. His widow, Grace White, took over the business and ran it until 1721. She printed the second of these works, which is one of only ten imprints by her recorded by the ESTC (1990), although she also founded and printed the York Mercury in 1718. She died in 1721, and was succeeded by Charles Bourne, her husband’s grandson. He died in August 1724, and his widow married Thomas Gent, perhaps the most famous of York’s early printers.


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