An Eulogium in Commemoration of Doctor Caspar Wistar, Late President of the American Philosophical Society held at Philadelphia for Promoting Useful Knowledge. Delivered before the Society…
Memorial address for American physician and anatomist, Caspar Wistar (1761–1818) of Philadelphia, by William Tilghman (1756–1827), then Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, both men members of the American Philosophical Society (APS) to which group the eulogy was delivered. Wistar served as president of the APS, succeeding Thomas Jefferson in that office in 1815.
This copy is inscribed and initialed by Chief Justice Tilghman to his Pennsylvania Supreme Court colleague, Justice John Bannister Gibson (1780–1853), who succeeded Tilghman as Chief Justice in 1827. Tilghman was elected to the APS in 1805 and Gibson in 1821.
Two additional marks of ownership appear within: those of J.M.McP. Berrien and D.M. McP. Berrien. The former is possibly New Jersey native John Macpherson Berrien (1781–1856), the “American Cicero” and then a judge in Georgia; he later served as U.S. Attorney General under Andrew Jackson and also as U.S. Senator.
Description: An Eulogium in Commemoration of Doctor Caspar Wistar, Late President of the American Philosophical Society held at Philadelphia for Promoting Useful Knowledge. Delivered before the Society…
Philadelphia: Published by E. Earle…J. Maxwell, printer, 1818. , 8–47, [1 (blank)]pp. Approx. 8¼ x 5¼ inches. Removed; without wrappers. Presentation inscription by author on half title, initialed by him “W.T.” Two additional ownership inscriptions on title and on page 43. Faint foxing to some leaves; small closed tear to title leaf; Very Good.