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    [Captain James Cook]. [Sammelband]. Sir John Pringle. A Discourse Upon Some Late Improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners. London: Printed for the Royal Society, 1776. First edition of a very important treatise. [iv], 44 pages (including half-title); 39-44 is the first printing of Captain Cook's paper, "The Method taken for preserving the Health of the Crew of His Majesty's Ship the Resolution, during her late Voyage round the World." [Together with:] Sir John Pringle. A Discourse on the Different Kinds of Air. London: Printed for the Royal Society, 1774. First edition. [ii], 31, [1, blank with mounted Errata] pages. [and:] John Coakley Lettsom. The Natural History of the Tea-Tree... London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1772. First edition. viii, 64 pages; folding hand-colored plate inserted at front. [and:] Thomas Short. A Dissertation Upon Tea... London: Dan Brown, 1753. The Second Edition. [iv], 119, [1] pages. [and:] John Ellis. An Historical Account of Coffee... London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1774. First edition. iv, 71, [1, blank] pages; folding hand-colored plate inserted at front. [and:] Nathaniel Hulme. A Safe and Easy Remedy Proposed for the Relief of The Stone and Gravel, the Scurvy, gout, &c. London: James Phillips, et al., 1778. First edition. [viii], 38, [1, ads], [1, blank] pages.

    Single quarto volume (9.25 x 7.25 inches). All treatises complete. Contemporary half brown calf over marbled paper-covered boards, spine ruled in gilt, gilt-lettered burgundy morocco label, later manuscript paper label ("Tea / Coffee"). Binding quite worn and chipped, boards nearly detached, text somewhat toned with some light intermittent foxing, Tea-Tree plate has some marginal tears. Generally a very good collection, with one of the most important marine medical treatises of the eighteenth century.

    Pringle's Discourse Upon Some Late Improvements... is one of the most important of all the works related to Cook's voyages. It contains not only Pringle's important discourse, but Cook's landmark paper on the successful steps he took to preserve the health of the crew of the Resolution (during his second voyage), making this paper one of the most vital papers in the early history of English exploration. "Following the scurvy-preventing suggestions of James Lind, Cook lost only one man to disease on his second voyage from 1768-1771." (Garrison-Morton). Another significant treatise is Ellis' Historical Account of Coffee, one of the most important early treatises on coffee. Ellis (1710-1776) spent most of his life as a merchant in the West Indies, and he attempted to promote coffee through Europe. He introduced the tea tree to England around 1768. Wellcome III 504. Blake p.268. Maclean p.90. Nissen 1584, 1182. Sabin 22317. Garrison-Morton 2156 and 3714; Norman 508.




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