8vo, pp. , iii, [1 blank], xl, 6, 2, 214, [2 errata]; with 2 folding coloured engraved plates; a few light marks; a very good copy in contemporary half calf over marbled paper boards, spine gilt in compartments; some splitting to joints and wear to extremities; small ink stamp in Russian to title verso.
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Preuves de l’efficacité de la vaccine, suivies d’une réponse aux objections formées contre la vaccination, contenant l’histoire de cette découverte, etc. Par le docteur John Thornton ... Traduction littérale de l’anglais, par M. Duffour ...
First French translation of Thornton’s Facts decisive in favour of the cow-pock, which first appeared in 1802 and swiftly ran through numerous editions. Thornton (1768-1837) attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of St Andrews, before lecturing on medical botany at Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospitals. Famous for The Temple of Flora, which almost ruined him, Thornton also wrote Vaccinae Vindiciae, or a Vindication of the Cow Pock (1806).
The translator, Joseph Duffour (1761-1821), who served as physician to Paul Barras, Joséphine de Beauharnais, and Louis XVIII, here provides a lengthy preface, and the edition ends with a supplementary ‘Éloge d’Édouard Jenner par le docteur Lettsom’.
Wellcome V, p. 267.
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