George Washington owned both of these pamphlets, which describe medicinal treatments for various ailments. MAREDANT'S ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS contains testimonials of individuals who have been cured of scurvy and its related symptoms. EXPERIMENTS ON THE RED AND QUILL PERUVIAN BARK focuses on this popular eighteenth-century remedy for both epilepsy and malaria, and describes the pharmacological aspects and botanical and historical background of the tree. George Washington would have been familiar with the medicinal properties of Peruvian bark because, in 1771, it was used to treat his stepdaughter Martha "Patsy" Parke Custis, who suffered from epilepsy.
Book, two pamphlets bound together, octavo size. Tan-colored leather binding, spine appears to be old, front and back covers were replaced. The top edges of the pages are gilded. On spine, title embossed with gilt on three rectangles of red ground. First: MARE- / DANT'S / ANTI- / SCOR- / BUTIC / DROPS. Second: IRVING'S / EXPERI- / MENTS / ON / PERUVIAN / BARK. Third: GEORGE / WASH- / INGTON'S / COPY. Front and back covers have a gilded border along interior edges. Front cover, embossed gilding: MAREDANT'S / ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS / LONDON 1781 / ---- / IRVING'S EXPERIMENTS ON / PERUVIAN BARK / EDINBURGH 1785 / ---- / GEORGE WASHINGTON'S / COPY. Signed by George Washington on the title page to MAREDANT'S ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS. The title page to EXPERIMENTS ON THE RED AND QUILL PERUVIAN BARK is unsigned.
The full title of the first pamphlet is MAREDANT'S ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS: PREPARED BY MR. NORTON, SURGEON, GOLDEN-SQUARE, LONDON, ONLY PROPRIETOR AND INVENTOR OF THEM.
The full title of the second pamphlet is EXPERIMENTS ON THE RED AND QUILL PERUVIAN BARK: WITH OBSERVATIONS ON ITS HISTORY, MODE OF OPERATION, AND USES, AND SOME OTHER SUBJECTS CONNECTED WITH THE PHENOMENA AND DOCTRINES OF VEGETABLE ASTRINGENTS, BEING A DISSERTATION WHICH GAINED THE FIRST PRIZE GIVEN BY THE HARVEIAN SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH FOR THE YEAR 1784.
Pagination: MAREDANT'S ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS, 8 pages; EXPERIMENTS ON THE RED AND QUILL PERUVIAN BARK, 181 pages.
Size: 8 vo.
1781 and 1785
Leather, gilt, ink, laid paper
Overall: 8 3/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 3/4 in. (22.23 cm x 13.65 cm x 1.91 cm)
Gift of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., 2005
Conservation courtesy of the Roller-Bottimore Foundation
Title page to MAREDANT'S ANTISCORBUTIC DROPS, top right corner, in brown ink: Go: Washington
The title page to EXPERIMENTS ON THE RED AND QUILL PERUVIAN BARK is unsigned.
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