8vo, pp. , 11-57, [5 (advertisements and licence)]; collation matches that in ARCO copy; woodcut ornament to title; aside from very light marginal browning in places, clean and fresh throughout; in recent grey boards, upper board lettered in black.
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Della tabe dorsale ovvero della cura della consunzione negli uomini e nelle donne con la spiegazione de’ sintomi, della cautele e del metodo della cura. Con l’aggiunta d’un saggio medico sopra la natura e gli effetti di Venere relativi agli uomini, ec. Così quando i medici debbano farne conoscere il legittimo uso ed abuso, ed in quali circonstanze sia giovevole, o pernicioso alle persone secondo la differente età, temperamento e costituzione. D’un medico di Bristol. Tradotto dall’Inglese dal Dottor A.C. Trattato che va in seguito all’Onanismo del Sig. Tissot ed alla Ninfomania del Sig. Bienville.
First Italian translation, uncommon, of Tabes dorsalis: or, the cause of consumption in young men and women, by ‘a Physician of Bristol’.
The work, which in its English original went through a number of editions from the 1760s on, examines tabes dorsalis, a result of neurosyphilis resulting in both pain and ataxia. The Italian translator suggests that it might be a suitable accompaniment to Tissot’s L’onanisme and Bienville’s La nymphomanie, although neither of these is mentioned in the text, nor on the English title-page. The author describes the symptoms of syphilis, both physical and psychological (‘the company of the female sex he loves indeed, but the apprehensions that he may be cut off from nuptial felicity, interrupts the fruition of their pleasing converse. Thus deeply dejected, he excludes himself from society, wanders into retirement, and it is well if he seeks not to destroy himself at last’); he concludes by suggesting some possible treatments.
A list of books offered by Graziosi, at the end, includes works by Soave, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Franklin, as well as a study of Montgolfier’s ballooning experiments.
Outside Continental Europe, OCLC records copies at NLM, BL, Yale, McGill, and the Wellcome only.
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