London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821. First Edition. Original Wraps. Completely unsophisticated copy, as issued by the press. Subsequently included in the 1825, volume Physiological Lectures and other Lectures, [London] by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green [Book 1. Physiological Lectures; Book 2. Introductory Lectures...Mr. Hunter's Opinion...Life and Diseases delivered to RCS . 1823; Book 3. The Hunterian Oration for 1819; Book 4. Reflections on Gall and Spurzheim's System of Physiognomy and Phrenology].
John Abernethy (1764–1831) was an English surgeon...popularly remembered today for having given his name to the Abernethy biscuit, a coarse-meal baked good meant to aid digestion. Notably, he is also mentioned in Edgar Allan Poe's The Purloined Letter (1844) and
his debate with Sir William Lawrence is believed by Marilyn Butler to have influenced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
A very handsome copy in a format very seldom found. Very Good in Wraps. Light, even toning, a bit of soiling to outer wraps, few small chips (preliminaries), presentation inscription from author at verso of titel page, else tight and clean; housed in a flapped red cloth folio and housed in a half vound slipcase (red leather, raised band spine, cloth boards, gilt lettering). Original stab-bound wraps. 8vo. 75pp. completely unsophisticated copy. Item #10057