Printed by William Eyres, Warrington, and sold by T. Cadell, J. Johnson, C. Dilly, and J. Taylor. London. 1789.
FIRST EDITION. 4to. (11.8 x 9.7 inches). Illustrated with 22 engraved plates, 19 of them folding, plus large fold-out table. , 259, pp. Lacking the directions to the binder leaf, presumably removed by the binder when the book was bound. Generally a clean and tidy copy but with a few gatherings, and engravings, affected by foxing. Early half brown calf binding which has been re-backed in cloth and with the calf spine re-laid with some loss, mainly to the top and bottom. Hinges cracked but holding. An interesting copy with the bookplates of three previous owners; 1. Arthur Atherley (1772 – 1844) English Member of Parliament for the Southampton constituency three times, as Whig, Liberal and Reformer. -- 2. John Farquhar Fulton (1899 - 1960) one of the three founders of the Medical Historical Library at Yale. Fulton also participated in the first clinical trials of penicillin in the United States. -- 3. Leona Baumgartner (1902 - 1991) New York City's Commissioner of Health from 1954 to 1962 when President John F. Kennedy appointed her to head the Office of Technical Cooperation and Research at A.I.D., making her the highest-ranking woman in the United States Government at the time. More importantly regarding this volume, she was also the author of JOHN HOWARD (1726-1790), Hospital & Prison Reformer: A Bibliography. 1939. Tipped in to the front free endpaper is a hand written note, dated 1934, from Fulton presenting this volume to her. There is also a typed letter, signed, by the New York Rare book dealer Herbert Reichner, dated 1944, suggesting a variant edition of Howard's Account of the Principal Lazarettos that she had not included in her book and a catalogue description of said volume plus a couple of other descriptions of copies of the book, one hand written and one printed. Not the most attracive copy but certainly one with an interesting history.