Oct 12, 2023 - Sale 2648

Sale 2648 - Lot 219

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Bond, John, M.D.
An Essay on the Incubus, or the Night-mare.

London: Wilson & Durham, 1753.

First and only edition, octavo, the text dedicated to Arthur Dobbs, the Governor of North Carolina; bound in modern half speckled calf, marbled paper boards, blind embossed library stamp to title page, 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.

"In the 18th century, John Bond's important medical tract On the Incubus, or Night-mare reflects the continuing medical notion that the nightmare was the result of complex imbalances of the body, a disease that resulted in temporary paralysis, and intense feelings of dread. Little is known about John Bond, other than that he was a physician who submitted a Latin version of his work on the incubus for his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. Bond was also himself a chronic sufferer of the nightmare. In his preface he confessed the reason for writing his work: 'Being much afflicted with the Night-mare, self-preservation made me particularly inquisitive about it. In consulting the ancient Physicians, I found little information concerning it, except dreadful prognostics; nor could a rational account of it be expected from them, as they were unacquainted with the circulation of blood.'" (Quoted from Dreams, Dreamers and Visions: The Early Modern Atlantic World, ed. Ann Marie Plane et al., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.)

ESTC T33375; Hunter & McAlpine page 393-394.

From Dr. Michael Stone's Psychiatry Collection.