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An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe.

HOWARD John (1789)

£1200.00  [First Edition]

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With various papers relative to the plague: Together with Further Observations on Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals and Additional Remarks on the Present State of Those in Great Britain and Ireland.First Edition. 4to (288 x 229mm. ) [6], 259, [13]pp., half-title, last leaf with instructions to binder, 22 folding engraved plates and one engraved table, contemporary calf, spine gilt, green morocco label, marbled edges and ends.Warrington: W. Eyres and sold by T. Cadell, J. Johnson, C. Dilly, and J. Taylor, London,

In 1785, Howard "began the final phase of his life's work, journeying for fifteen months throughout western and southern Europe inspecting Lazarettos for the treatment of plague victims" (ODNB). The findings of Howard's tour was this work, titled 'An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe, with Various Papers Relative to the Plague'. The work was published in 1789, shortly after which Howard "died of fever on 20 January 1790 at Kherson in southern Russia, where he was buried" (ODNB). This publication, alongside The State of the Prisons (1777) have served to contribute to Howard's lasting legacy "as a father to social science" (ODNB). Sir Samuel Romilly would later comment on Howard's influence: "It is not a book of great literary merit: but it has a merit infinitely superior; it is one of those works which have been rare in all ages of the world-being written with a view only to the good of mankind" (Memoirs of Romilly, 1.169-70). A very handsome large clean copy of this important (and very interesting) book.

Provenance: Cullen House, indicated by light penciled notes "1st - Cullen House Copy - Earl of Seafield".

Stock Code: 61677