1768 Rare Medical Poetry Book - The Dispensary - A Poem in Six Cantos by Sir Samuel Garth, illustrated.
Author: Sir Samuel Garth.
Title: The Dispensary, A Poem. In Six Canto's. The Eleventh Edition. Illustrated with Copper Plates.
Language: Text in English.
Publisher: London, Printed for R. Baldwin, T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1768.
Size: 7 " X 4 ".
Pages: 72 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original full calf leather binding (hinges tight, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a removable protective mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean - as shown).
Illustrated: Complete with the frontispîece and the 6 beautiful full-page copper plate by Louis Du Guernier.
Estimate: (USD 200 - USD 300)
The book: Very nice 18th-century illustrated edition of this “medical poetry” book beautifully bound and illustrated.
The author: Sir Samuel Garth FRS (1661 – 18 January 1719) was an English physician and poet. In 1697 he delivered the Harveian Oration, in which he advocated a scheme dating from some ten years back for providing dispensaries for the relief of the sick poor, as a protection against the greed of the apothecaries. In 1699 he published a mock-heroic poem, The Dispensary, in six cantos, which had an instant success, passing through three editions within a year. In this, he ridiculed the apothecaries and their allies among the physicians.
Garth’s work is a satirical take on the traditional epic poem, and is perhaps one of the better examples of the “medical poetry” genre.
The illustrator: Louis Du Guernier (1677–1716) was an engraver.
Born in Paris in 1677, Louis was probably a descendant of the well-known French artists of the same name. He was a pupil of Louis de Chatillon, and came to England in 1708. He was a member of the academy in Great Queen Street and gained considerable skill as a designer, etcher, and engraver there. He was eventually chosen one of the directors, and remained so until he died. He was specially employed on small historical subjects, as illustrations to books and plays.
Share this Product
1768 Rare Medical Poetry Book - The Dispensary - A Poem in Six Cantos by Sir Samuel Garth, illustrated. Price List