The Catechism of Health, Selected and Translated From the German of Dr. Faust, Illustrated by Copperplates; Now First Published by for the Use of the Inhabitants of Scotland, By the Recommendation of Dr. Gregory.

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Faust, Bernhard Christoph (1755-1842); J.H. Basse (Trans. & Preface)

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Faust, Bernhard Christoph (1755-1842); J.H. Basse (Trans. & Preface). The Catechism of Health, Selected and Translated From the German of Dr. Faust, Illustrated by Copperplates; Now First Published by for the Use of the Inhabitants of Scotland, By the Recommendation of Dr. Gregory. Edinburgh: Printed for William Creech; And Sold By Dunlop and Wilson, Brash and Reid, Glasgow, – Angus and Son, A. Brown, J. Burnet, Aberdeen, 1797. pp. [5], [viii-vi], 2-146. Small 8vo., measuring 6.75″ x 4.2″. Full leather over boards. Lacking frontispiece, one engraved plate titled ‘Plate II’, unmarked, and in excellent condition. We presume – based on our examination of other similar copies – that the missing frontispiece was considered to be ‘Plate I’. Leather extremities rubbed, scuffed. Boards have nominally cracked along the spine but remain attached to the body. Period ink name, and date to the corner of the half-title page, contents otherwise remain overwhelmingly clean, and unmarked. Overall, good+. Excellent candidate for a contemporary rebind. Rare in commerce. Leather Bound. A popular work of medicine published for the use of the public, ‘The Catechism’, is organized into a series of detailed questions, answers, and observations by Faust. The contents are divided into two “divisions”, and feature all manner of observations, and remedies for the many ailments. Sections include: “Of the Construction, or Structure of the Human body”, “On the attending and nursing of infants”, “Of the Treatment of Children with respect to their Bodies from the Third to the Ninth, or Twelfth Year”, “Of Clothes fit to be worn by Children from the beginning of the Third to the end of the Seventh or Eighth Year or till each of the two Jaws, the four weak Milk Teeth in Front are changed to four long strong lasting teeth”, “Of Air”, “Of Cleanliness – Washing and Bathing”, “Of Food”, “Of Drink”, “Of Wine”, “Of Brandy”, “Of Tobacco”, “Of Exercise and Rest”, “Of Sleep”, “Of Habitations of Man”, “Of Schools”, “Of Thunder and Lightning”, “Of over-heating ourselves and catching cold”, “Of the preservation of certain parts of the Human Body”, “Of the Beauty and Perfection of the Human Body”. The ‘Second Division’ features sections on: “Diseases, Physicians, and Medicines”, “Of the conduct to be observed by Patients afflicted with Fevers”, “Of Diseases which Universally Prevail; of Endemial, and of Particular Maladies”, “Of Contagious Diseases”, “Of the Small-Pox”, “Of the Measles”, “Of the Bloody-flux, or Dysentery”, “Of Treatment, after Diseases are removed.” The author makes clear his medical, and personal distaste of the use of and harm caused by tobacco, alcohol, and near prescient observations regarding inoculation against small-pox. A fascinating, and scarce work of popular medical history. Corresponds to ESTC Citation No. N15012; OCLC #614422211. (#1637) $795.00