A Treatise on the Venereal Disease. Second edition. [Bound with:] Observations on Certain Parts of the Animal Oeconomy.

  • Hunter, John
  • London: Sold at No. 13, Castle-Street 1786
  • ESTC T53870 & T54043.


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FIRST EDITION of the ‘Observations’, 4to, pp. [xii], 398, [26] + 7 plates; [vi], 43, [3], 45-225, [1] + 18 plates. Nineteenth-century half red roan, marbled boards, spine divided by gilt rules and lettered in gilt direct, slightly amateurishly. Foxed and soiled, one text leaf in first work frayed at edges and sometime reinforced. Binding rubbed, extremities worn, joints cracked but hinges reinforced with cloth tape. Stamps of the Richmond Physical Society and Richmond Hospital, Dublin, to initial leaves (dispersed by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland).


One of several major works by the distinguished and important surgeon John Hunter (1728-1793), his Observations on Certain Parts of the Animal Oeconomy contains fourteen separate monographs on various subjects in animal and human anatomy, with important results and descriptions concerning the olfactory nerves, the structure of the placenta, sex characteristics in birds, and more. This copy is bound with the second edition of another significant work, first published 1786, recording Hunter's studies into venereal disease - for which he was reported, probably falsely, to have infected himself with gonorrhoea and syphilis.

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