1794 · Porto
The first and only Portuguese appearance of Observations on the Cure of the Gonorrhoea. The author (1750–1813) was a fellow of both the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries and served as physician to St. Luke's Hospital, where his accomplishments in treating mental illness led to his becoming physician extraordinary to King George III in 1804. His present treatise, first printed in English in 1780, quickly spread throughout Europe, appearing in several languages (French in 1783, Spanish in 1784, and Italian in 1785); the Portuguese translator (ca. 1760?–1800) was himself a physician and professor of medicine, having received his training at the University of Coimbra, and added his own notes to the text.
This => sole Portuguese edition is now scarce: WorldCat finds only two institutions reporting copies (Wellcome and the National Library of Medicine). It comes from the press of the Widow Mallen
Provenance: Spine with printed paper label: "Biblioteca do Prof. C. Sacadura, medicina" — possibly Dr. Sebastiâo Cabral da Costa-Sacadura (1872–1966), a celebrated Portuguese physician, author, medical historian, and professor at the Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa. Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 419. Not in Garrison & Morton. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-ruled compartments containing small gilt-stamped floral decorations; binding rubbed with portions of leather acid-damaged, spine label now absent, foot of spine with paper shelving label as above. Back pastedown lifted, sewing loosening, small area of pinhole worming in upper inner corner of first few leaves not touching text. A very few small spots, pages otherwise clean. (Inventory #: 40093)