London: Jonathan Cape Ltd, . 8vo. [ii], 276 pp. FIRST EDITION, SECOND IMPRESSION. Frontispiece and 7 plates. Original publisher’s cloth; endpapers browned, some very light scattered interior spotting. Ownership inscription to front fly-leaf. Item #11864
First edition, second impression. This is the author’s second book of essays on the health, diseases and phobias of many great historical figures, and how these affected the course of history. The first collection of essays, entitled Post mortem, proved so popular that he was beseiged by letters from readers wanting more. Includes essays on such figures as Samuel Johnson, Anne Boleyn and Spinoza. MacLaurin (b.1872) was a physician and psychologist specializing in obsessions, phobias and psychasthenia, as well as a scholar of history. BMC, XVI, 338.