viii, 584 pp. Large 4to, fine antique mottled calf (first three leaves a little foxed), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Cailleau, 1785.
First edition of the earliest bibliography on mineral waters and still the most important bibliography on the subject. The book contains upwards of 1000 extensively annotated descriptions of books of all periods and in various languages on balneology, geology, chemistry, etc.
Carrère (1740-1802), a member of a distinguished family of physicians at Perpignan, took his medical degree at Montpellier and became professor of anatomy at his native city. He was also director of the newly established natural history museum at Perpignan.
Small hole in blank margin of title, otherwise a fine and crisp copy.
❧ Besterman 3954. Duveen, p. 643–“Very rare. A critical catalogue of books of all periods, and in various languages, on mineral waters, of great bibliographical importance for the student of the history of balneology.”.
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