Frontis. port. & several text illus. [iii]-vii, 326 pp. 4to, black half-calf & marbled boards (extremities rubbed), spine gilt. London: J. Mawman, 1825. First edition of one of the earliest accounts of curare, the poisonous effects of which Charles Waterton (1782-1865), describes in the present work. Upon his return to England, he conducted extensive experiments on the plant. Much of this research concerned its anesthetic properties. On pages 81-82, Waterton details a female donkey on the verge of death due to curare poisoning which he was able to revive using a bellows to perform a tracheostomy. Nice copy. Frontispiece heavily foxed with image offset onto title (as is usual with copies of this work). Half-title lacking. Bookplate of "Llanarth." ❧ Garrison-Morton 2074. ODNB. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5393)
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