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Chenot, Ádám.  Tractatus de peste. Vindobonae: Jo. Thom. Nob. de Trattnern, 1766. 8vo (20.3 cm, 8"). [24], 246, [2] pp.
$650.00

Uncommon first edition. The Belgian-born physician Chenot (1721–1789), who studied medicine at the University of Vienna before being sent by imperial command to Transylvania to assist in fighting outbreaks of the plague, was a prominent voice in the debate over how to conduct quarantines, hygiene and sanitary treatments, and other protective measures; he was a staunch opponent of the theory that air itself could carry the disease. Here, he offers his firsthand perspective on the plague — having contracted it himself and survived!
        WorldCat finds => only six U.S. institutions (Harvard, National Library of Medicine, New York Academy of Medicine, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin) reporting holding a hard copy. In the present example as in others reported, the last leaf of the preface appears at the back of the volume — where it was originally printed, being leaf Q4.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 86; Wellcome, II, 334. Not in Garrison & Morton. Early plain paper–covered boards, spine with hand-inked paper shelving label; binding much worn overall with joints cracked, loss of paper at corners and spine head. Pages waterstained. Early underlining and occasional marks of emphasis in red pencil to roughly first half of volume. => Another sort of survivor?  (40581)   Please RESHELVE This.


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