Lot 34 of 627:
Rare medical map of Cholera outbreak in Boston 1849  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$300
Estimate:
$500 - $800

Title:
Report of the Committee of Internal Health on the Asiatic Cholera, Together with a Report of the City Physician on the Cholera Hospital

Author:

Place:
Boston

Publisher:
J.H. Eastburn

Date:
1849

Description:

180, [2] pp. Several woodcut illustrations within, folding map at rear. (8vo) original printed wrappers. First Edition.

The map, with a dot marking the location of each case of cholera in Boston during the outbreak of 1849, is among the earliest of such maps, predating by five years Jon Snow's similar mapping of the Cholera outbreak in London. A landmark in medical topography. The report hints at the unsanitary conditions with sewage and water distribution that led to the outbreak but falls short of identifying the source. Front wrapper dated 1850, title page dated 1849. OCLC locates only 7 copies. Scarce. Sabin 6634.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Some wear and soiling to wrappers, with some chipping to edges and head and heel of spine, large piece lacking from bottom of rear wrapper; map detached and laid in with some chipping to edges; very good.


 
Item number:
277660
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