Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 43

Price Realized: $ 540
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 350 - $ 500
THE SLAVE-OWNER'S "WHAT TO DO TILL THE DOCTOR COMES" (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) EWELL, JAMES. The Planter's and Mariner's Medical Companion: Treating According to the Most Successful Practice, I. The Diseases Common to Warm Climates and on Ship Board. II. Common Cases in Surgery III. The Complaints Peculiar to Children. 328 pages, 1 page advertisement at rear. Thick 8vo, contemporary full calf, quite worn, rear cover detached; text browned; early ownership signature on the title-page. Philadelphia: John Bioren, 1807

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first edition. Dedicated to thomas jefferson "it was widely sold in the south and west, and ran into ten editions. With its pleasant mingling of poetical quotations, anecdotes, sentiment and sound practical counsel, it was a valued possession on isolated plantations of the time" [DAB]. Ewell states "And I can not but breathe the most fervent wish that my numerous friends the Planters, for whose service chiefly this book is intended, would be persuaded to insist more rigorously on cleanliness in the persons of their slaves. . .The poorest slave however degraded his condition may be, has still left a portion of mind which can never be totally insensible to his outward appearance."