8vo, pp. [iv], 9,  blank, 374, ; engraved frontispiece portrait; small tear to one leaf, occasional fading to text, a few small marks; a good copy in contemporary calf, double gilt-fillet border, spine in compartments; worn, ink strains; donation note to T. B. Grierson to front endpaper, ownership inscriptions of Grierson and Robert Parke to front pastedown.
US $334 €283
First edition. Notwithstanding a moment of scientific clarity with the instruction to view the blood of ill people under a microscope in order to see ‘the vermine’ that lie within, this unique treatise anecdotally discusses the causes and effects of worms, the product of ‘putrid, vitious and gross, viscid, corrupt matter’. Ramesey is particularly vocal about the vermiferous properties of seafood. Instructions to treat infestation are recorded in Latin so as to be accessible only to educated physicians.
Wellcome IV p. 469; Wing R205.
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