London: John Walker, 1781. 8vo. [viii], xx, [iv], 582, , 609-661,  pp. (complete), including the leaf of advertisements for books printed by John Walker. FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTED WORKS. With frontispiece portrait of Fothergill plus 2 folding engraved plates. Contemporary calf, rebacked with the original backstrip laid down; minor spotting, overall a very nice copy with the inscription of Wm. Boycott on title. Item #3789
First edition of Fothergill’s published papers contains twenty-five of his most valuable works, five of which are Garrison and Morton titles, plus a life of the Author. Included is his most famous “Account of the Putrid Sore Throat,” which was the first clear recognition of diphtheria in England and is a model of clinical description. Other works include the first descriptions of facial neuralgia, migraine, and scarlatinal angina. A Supplement includes two additional works, “Some account of the late Peter Collinson” and “An essay on the character of the late Alexander Russell, M.D., F.R.S.
Fothergill (1712-1780) was a physician and philanthropist who had an avid interest in botany. He also worked with Benjamin Franklin to draw up a scheme of reconciliation between England and the colonies. Franklin summed up his character by saying, “I can hardly conceive that a better man has ever existed.”
Garrison & Morton, 1774, 4516, 4517, 5049, 5077.