[1806–1809 Sammelband of Medical Pamphlets; Philadelphia Imprints, Some Presentation Copies].
Nine Philadelphia medical imprints, including doctoral dissertations by James Rush and William P.C. Barton
Sammelband of nine American medical pamphlets 1806–1809, mostly medical degree dissertations, kept by Henry Marim of Delaware. At this time, Marim was a degree candidate in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his degree in 1808.
Two pamphlets within the sammelband, numbers 8 and 9 below, both from 1808, bear presentation inscriptions from Marim’s medical school classmates Samuel Jackson and William P.C. Barton, respectively.¹
Notable here is Barton’s A Dissertation on the Chymical Properties and Exhilarating Effects of Nitrous Oxide Gas and James Rush’s An Inquiry into the Use of the Omentum. William P.C. Barton (1786–1856), nephew of medical botanist and president of the American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Smith Barton (1766–1815), became a medical botanist himself as well as a noted botanical illustrator and author of Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States (1817) and A Flora of North America (1821). James Rush was the son of Benjamin Rush (1746–1813), the “Father of American psychiatry.” Also seen is a rare pamphlet on medical quarantines (number 5).
List of titles within the sammelband, in order of appearance:
1. Rush, James. An Inquiry into the Use of the Omentum. Philadelphia: From the Press of T. & G. Palmer, 1809. 36pp. Author is son of Benjamin Rush (1746–1813), “Father of American psychiatry.” Austin 1692. OCLC returns three physical copies under two accession numbers: two in Denmark at one at AAS. LCP reports an additional four copies.
2. Green, Enoch A., A.M. An Inaugural Dissertation, entitled, Observations on the Structure and Habits of the Lumbricus Terrestris; and A Chemico-Physiological Enquiry on its Respiration. Submitted…for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine… Philadelphia: Printed for the Author (1806). 31, [1(blank)]pp. On the respiration of earthworms. Austin 837.
3. Tucker, Samuel. Observations on the Effects of Bodily Labour, in Chronic Diseases, and in Debility. Philadelphia: Printed by P.K. Wagner, 1806. 14pp [i.e. 18pp] Austin 1931.
4. D’Oyley, Daniel. A Physiological Essay on the Glands termed Vesiculae Seminales. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, By John H. Oswald, 1806. 25, [1(blank)]pp. Dissertation on seminal vesicles. Austin 695. OCLC returns six physical copies under two accession numbers. LCP reports an additional two copies.
5. Caldwell, Charles. An Anniversary Oration on the Subject of Quarantines, Delivered to the Philadelphia Medical Society, on the 21st of January, 1807. Philadelphia: Fry and Kammerer, Printers, 1807. 30, [2(blank)]pp. OCLC returns two physical copies under two accession numbers, both at the British Library. LCP reports an additional two copies; not at AAS.
6. Creager, Lewis. An Inaugural Essay, on the Dysentery, Submitted…the Trustees & Medical Professors of the University of Pennsylvania…for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine. Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas T. Stiles, 1806. [ i]–viii, 9–28pp Austin 564. OCLC returns two physical copies: AAS and Countway.
7. Wacker, Jacob David. An Inaugural Essay on Hydrocephalus Internus Submitted to the…Trustees and Medical Professors of the University of Pennsylvania…for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, By John H. Oswald, 1806. 19, [1(blank)]pp. Austin 1983.
8. Jackson, Samuel. An Essay on Suspended Animation. Philadelphia: Printed by Smith & Maxwell, 1808. [i ]–x, –80pp. Presentation inscription, trimmed, on page [viii]: “[T]o Mr. Marim with the [c]ompliments of…the Author”. Austin 1041. OCLC returns one physical copy, at AAS.
9. Barton, William P.C., A.B. A Dissertation on the Chymical Properties and Exhilarating Effects of Nitrous Oxide Gas; and its Application to Pneumatick Medicine… Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, at the Lorenzo Press, 1808. [ i]–xviii, , –95, [1(blank)]pp. Presentation inscription, trimmed, on page [vi]: “Mr. Marim with the compli[m]ents of…The Author”. Austin 144.
Description: [1806–1809 Sammelband of Medical Pamphlets; Philadelphia Imprints, Some Presentation Copies].
Philadelphia, 1806–1809. Bibliographical details below. Sammelband of 9 separate imprints. 8vos. Full calf; gilt rules on spine; red spine label stamped “Pamphlets”. Rubbing to boards; chip to one spine panel; front board separated; rear joint starting. Within, all very good with scattered foxing, lacking front endpaper. Provenance: Five pamphlets with contemporary ownership stamp of “Henry Marim”; in addition, two bearing a presentation inscription to “Mr. Marim.” 1837 Manuscript presentation on front endpaper partly covered by partly printed 19th century bookplate of a college literary society, small ex-libris college stamp.
Note. 1. Barton, The Philadelphia Medical and Physical Journal. Part I, Vol. III. 1808 (Philadelphia, 1808), p177ff.