A Treatise on the Management of Female Complaints, and of Children in Early Infancy.
Peter Hill, Edinburgh & T Cadell and W. Davies, London, 1804. Original half leather with marbled boards. lacks end paper. A fascinating snapshot into how the health of women was viewed at the turn of the Eighteenth & nineteenth centuries. Hamilton was the professor of Midwifery at Edinburgh university. He previously wrote books intended for midwifes, but finding that these were used by ordinary families, he decided to write this work for the education of ordinary people. It is full of the prejudices of the age, with sections on sexual weakness and hysterical affections, as well as what would now be considered gynaecology. There is an appendix with examples of medicines and how to make them up to the rear. xii, 1-360 pp.
Condition: good condition for age. The boards are somewhat darkened and rubbed, with a little nicking to the head and tail of the spine. The label has now gone. Owner's signature to the inside board. The front end paper is missing, so the work begins with the title page. This is missing an area from the corner (about an inch of paper) not affecting text. The rest of the book is clean and tidy, with just a little darkening to it. There is a small worm hole growing through the last 60 pages - but half an inch at its longest, and only affecting the margin (no text).