48 pp. 8vo, orig. blind-stamped red cloth (tail of spine a little chipped), upper cover stamped in gilt. Boston: J. Wilson, 1853. First edition, inscribed to Dr. Franklin Bache by the author. Bache (1792-1864), the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, was professor of chemistry at the Jefferson Medical College and president of the American Philosophical Society. The text contains a speech that was never delivered due to the "indisposition of the author." Warren (1778-1856), then the president of the Society, traces the study of natural history in Boston, focusing on the origins of the Society and advises possible improvements. It also includes a full list of officers and administrators for the society. Warren (1778-1856), "is remembered especially for his connection with the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia. On Oct. 16, 1846, Warren operated on a patient under ether anesthesia given by W.T. G. Morton. To Warren, the outstanding surgeon of his day, belongs the credit for allowing his name and position to be used as a sponsor for this courageous and revolutionary experiment."-D.A.B., X, pp. 481-82. Fine copy. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5464)
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