Oct 13, 2022 - Sale 2617

Sale 2617 - Lot 21

Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
Hall, John (1575-1635)
Select Observations on English Bodies.

London: Printed for John Sherley, 1657.

First edition, 12mo, lacking the preliminary leaf with longitudinal title and final two leaves; contents washed and pressed, bound in full crushed navy morocco tooled in gilt by Riviere; 5 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.

Hall was a physician and married Shakespeare's oldest daughter Susanna in 1607. On page 24, Observation XIX, Hall describes a cure he administered to his wife while she was "miserably tormented with the collick." The treatment eventually helped. First, he reports, she passed "two stooles," but the pain continued. Next Hall says he "appointed to inject a pint of sack made hot, this presently brought forth a great deale of wind, and freed her from all pain."

Wing H-356; ESTC R17385; Jaggard 127.