THE ELEMENTS OF MEDICINE; OR, A TRANSLATION OF THE ELEMENTA MEDICINAE BRUNONIS. WITH LARGE NOTES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND COMMENTS. BY THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL WORK. IN TWO VOLUMES.

Philadelphia: Printed by William Spotswood, 1791. xv, [1 blank], 295, [1 blank], [8] pp, folding chart frontis [expert repair on blank verso of a fold split]. Separate title page for volume II at page [133]. Bound in contemporary full sheep, gilt spine bands and leather title label. Rebacked, with original spine and spine label laid down, and preserving original endpapers. Engraved table frontis, "Incitabilitatis et incitationis series", by Samuel Lynch. Tanned, scattered foxing and spotting. Signature of 'Doctor Phinehas Parkhurst' on front flypaper. Good+.

Evans does not record this 1791 imprint, although Austin does. AAS evidently does not own it. The first American printing issued from Philadelphia in 1790; this one was followed by Philadelphia printings in 1793 and 1795, and a 1797 Vermont.
Phinehas Parkhurst [1760-1844] was born in Plainfield, Connecticut, and later moved to Lebanon where he was one of its earliest settlers. He practiced medicine in Connecticut, but demand for his services extended as far as Vermont and New Hampshire. His desire to study medicine came from his experience with a wound suffered at the hands of Indians in his childhood. In addition to medicine, Parkhurst raised and sold mules. [Metcalf, Henry Harrison: NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE MAGAZINE, VOLUME 12. Concord, NH: McClintock. 1889. pp.154-162.]
Shipton & Mooney 46130. Austin 282. Bristol B7660. NAIP w001834. A variant of Evans 23226 [whose imprint reads, 'Printed by William Spotswood, for Isaiah Thomas of Worcester, Massachusetts.']. Item #26401

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