8vo., pp. 29, [3, ads]; slightly brittle, with short marginal tears repaired (one touching three lines on the last leaf), disbound.
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Rare Dublin edition of a puff for Norton’s patent antiscorbutic drops, comprising letters by satisfied customers. Norton exported his drops to America (an advertisement appeared in the Virginia Gazette for 16 September 1775) and Ireland, with James Williams his main agent. An additional letter here addressed to Williams from ‘a most inveterate’ sufferer of ‘Scurvy and Rheumatism’ attests to the drops’ equal efficacy across the Irish Sea. At the end similar letters are requested to be sent to Norton or Williams, and there is a warning about cheap imitations (the ‘afflicted … are requested, for their Health’s Sake, to be extremely cautious to buy them in Dublin, only from James Williams’, or from other listed proprietors in Cork, Belfast, Wexford etc.).
ESTC shows four copies: Dublin City Libraries, Dublin Honourable Society of King’s Inn; Huntington, and Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.
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