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Armstrong, John.  The art of preserving health: A poem. London: Pr. for A. Millar, 1744. 4to (24.6 cm, 9.68"). [2], 134 pp.
$750.00

First edition of this popular poem on food, exercise, and general well-being, written by a practicing physician — and certainly => the most successful example ever of 18th-century medical didactic blank verse! This is the first issue, with the fleur-de-lis watermark and the price ("Four Shillings sewed") given beneath the date line on the title-page.
        Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Virginia doctor and book collector Joseph Lyon Miller (1875–1957); front fly-leaf with inked inscription of John Hampton Miller, M.D.; title-page with early inked initials "C.F." in upper margin. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

ESTC T187239; Foxon A296; NCBEL, II, 535; Wellcome, II, 57. Contemporary red calf with covers framed in two decorative gilt rolls, spine with gilt-stamped publication information; rebacked and hinges (inside) reinforced, slightly sprung with edges, extremities, and joints rubbed. Bookplate and inscriptions as above. Pages mildly age-toned; title-page with areas of staining. => A good solid copy of this medico-literary classic, and one that has graced at least two generations of doctors' libraries.  (40419)   Please RESHELVE This.


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