Oct 12, 2023 - Sale 2648

Sale 2648 - Lot 250

Price Realized: $ 7,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Jorden, Edward (1569-1632)
A Briefe Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother.

London: Printed by John Windet, 1603.

First edition, quarto, woodcut printer's device to title page; bound in later half green morocco and marbled paper boards, rubbed, lacking final blank H2; 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.

Jorden's is the first work published in the English language on the subject of hysteria. "Jorden introduced into English medicine the ancient concept of hysteria as a disease entity with specific etiology, a sex-linked nervous disorder, the potential imitator of all ills. Its subsequent career forms an important chapter in the history of psychiatry." (Hunter & MacAlpine, pages 69-73.)

STC 14790; ESTC S119360 locating five copies in U.S. libraries; uncommon at auction.

From Dr. Michael Stone's Psychiatry Collection.