LIND (JAMES) A Treatise of the Scurvy, FIRST EDITION, Edinburgh, A. Kincaid & A. Donaldson, 1753
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LIND (JAMES)
A Treatise of the Scurvy, FIRST EDITION, Edinburgh, A. Kincaid & A. Donaldson, 1753
Sold for £21,250 (US$ 33,515) inc. premium

Lot Details
LIND (JAMES)
A Treatise of the Scurvy, FIRST EDITION, with p.157 misprinted 175, errata on verso of b4 with pasted over slip as in NLM and Friedman copies, light toning at margins of title, otherwise internally a good clean copy, contemporary calf, morocco spine label (chipped), rubbed with small tear at foot of spine [Blake, p.272; Garrison-Morton 3713; Heralds of Science 126; Norman 1354], 8vo, Edinburgh, A. Kincaid & A. Donaldson, 1753

Footnotes

  • FIRST EDITION OF LIND'S CLASSIC TREATISE OF SCURVY. Lind served as a Royal Naval Surgeon from 1738 until 1748, sailing on the four-year voyage of a small squadron under Anson between 1740 and 1744, during which "from a complement of 1400 men, very nearly 1000 died from scurvy. It was against the backgrounds both of Anson's disastrous voyage, and of his own first-hand observations of the disorder, made during his years at sea as a naval surgeon, that Lind wrote his Treatise of the Scurvy" (ODNB). "Lind showed that in preserved form citrus juices could be carried for long periods on board ship, and that, if administered properly, they would prevent disease. The application of this knowledge by naval surgeons who followed Lind led to its eventual elimination from the British Navy" (Garrison-Morton).
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