PRINGLE (JOHN) A Discourse Upon Some Late Improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners, FIRST EDITION, 1776
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PRINGLE (JOHN) A Discourse Upon Some Late Improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners, FIRST EDITION, 1776
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PRINGLE (JOHN, editor)
A Discourse Upon Some Late Improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners. Delivered at the Anniversary Meeting of the Royal Society, November 30, 1776, first edition, half-title, woodcut title device and headpiece, leaf C4 a cancel, modern half calf, spine tooled in gilt [Beddie 1290; Blake p. 363; Garrison-Morton 2156, 3714], small 4to, Printed for the Royal Society, 1776

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  • FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST SIGNFICANT WORKS RELATING TO COOK'S VOYAGES. Pringle includes, for the first time in print, Captain Cook's important paper entitled "The Method taken for preserving the Health of the Crew of His Majesty's Ship the Resolution during her late Voyage round the World". Cook provides a description of the supplies carried on the voyage, and details of the successful methods used to maintain the cleanliness of the ships, and health of his crew. "Following the scurvy-preventing suggestions of James Lind, Cook lost only one man to disease on his second voyage from 1768-1771" (Garrison-Morton 3714). In March 1776 Cook was elected a fellow of the Royal Society and at the same time awarded the society's Copley medal for his work on the prevention of scurvy, shortly before he set sail for his third voyage.

    Provenance: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, with small circular stamp on title; The Wellcome Library, with small "withdrawal" stamp on verso of title.
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