8vo, pp. 24; with one illustration in the text; some light browning and spotting, but largely fresh; a very good copy, stitched in the original printed wrappers.
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Istruzioni e regolamenti di privata sanitaria quarantina da osservarsi in caso di contagio per tenere lontano dalle proprie abitazioni il cholera-morbus e qualunque altra malattia contagiosa.
First edition of an uncommon guide, printed in Milan at the height of the 1831-2 cholera pandemic, on preventive measures to be taken against contagion, and in particular on the maintenance of quarantine as a means of limiting the spread both of cholera and of other diseases.
The guide aims to offer a ‘simple and succinct description of the objects that can be introduced into one’s own house without fear of carrying contagion’, as well as advice on proper nutrition, the best means of airing and perfuming one’s house, the correct approach to going out on the streets, and how to interact with others while maintaining appropriate distance. The anonymous author (who signs himself ‘G.N.’) tells us that his advice is based on his ten years’ experience of living in Egypt, especially in Alexandria and Cairo, where epidemics were frequent.
OCLC records copies at Illinois, Harvard (Countway), and the NLM.
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