The Proceedings of the Charaka Club (Complete in 12 Vols.)
1985·New York and Baltimore
New York and Baltimore: William Wood and Company (Vols. I-IV); Paul B. Hoeber (Vols. V-VII); Columbia University Press (Vol. VIII); Richard R. Smith (Vol. IX); The Williams & Wilkins Company (Vol. X); Richard R. Smith (Vol. XI); and Hastings House (Vol. XII), 1985. Hardcover. Very Good. A very solid copy of the complete 12 volume set of the Proceedings of the Charaka Club, which "was organized in November, 1898, by a number of medical men of this city who were interested in the literary, artistic and historical aspects of medicine, and who hoped to find some recreation if not profit in dealing with this, the less serious, side of their art" (from the Introduction). Published between 1902 and 1985, all 12 uniform octavos are tight and well-preserved in their cloth-backed gray boards. A bit of very light wear at a number of the spine ends and tips but the set easily merits a VG to VG+ and remains very handsome. The first 8 volumes also include clean, brght examples of the publisher's printed paper cover labels and gilt top-edges. And Vol. XII includes the publisher's unprinted dustjacket, which is crisp and Near Fine. The first 4 volumes were limited to under 400 copies each, volumes V-VII were limited to 500 copies each and volumes VIII-XII consisted of an unspecified limitation. This set very likely belonged to G. Canby Robinson (the first Dean of Vanderbilt Medical School and the subsequent Director of Cornell Medical School) and includes 3 of his TLSs (from 1929 and 1930) laid-into Vol. I. Furthermore, Vol. II is inscribed by Merrill Moore (Harvard Medical School psychiatrist) to G. Canby Robinson and Vol. X is inscribed and initialled by Edwin A. Locke, pre-eminent American psychologist and pioneer in goal-setting theory. "The name of the Club was chosen in honor of the Hindoo Sage whose history is given in the first article by Dr. Sachs. The design for the title page and book-plate was made by Mr. George W. Maynard" (also from the Introduction).
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