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Duncan's Annals of Medicine for 1797 - rare  

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Annals of Medicine for the Year 1797. Exhibiting a Concise View of the Latest and Most Important Discoveries in Medicine and Medical Philosophy. Volume II.

Duncan, Andrew, Sen., MD & Andrew Duncan, Jun. MD


Printed for G. Mudie and Son



viii, 470 + 2 ad pp. (8vo) 21x12 cm (8¼x5"), period calf, gilt-ruled spine, maroon morocco spine labels lettered in gilt.

Extremely rare volume of Duncan's Annals of Medicine for the Year 1797. No previous auction records are found for the complete volume, and no holdings are listed at OCLC. This copy with the bookplate of The Waring Historical Library of the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Andrew Duncan, the elder was a Scottish physician and professor at Edinburgh University. He was joint founder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1773, he commenced the publication of Medical and Philosophical Commentaries, a quarterly journal of medicine, at first issued in the name of "a society in Edinburgh", Duncan being named as secretary. It was the first medical review journal published regularly in Great Britain. The seventh volume was entitled Medical Commentaries for the year 1780, collected and published by Andrew Duncan, and reached a third edition. The series extended ultimately to twenty volumes, the last issue being in 1795, after which the publication was entitled Annals of Medicine, of which eight volumes were issued.

Lot Amendments

Wear and scuffing to calf, some loss to head of spine, black cloth tape at heel of spine with the year of publication in gilt; early ownership signatures to title and contents pages, interior sound with light toning and occasional bit of faint foxing, a solid copy; very good.

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