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EPPS, John (1805–1869)

Ovarian and Womb Disease. Their Causes, Diagnosis and Cure. (Illustrated by Woodcuts and Photographs.)
London, James Epps & Co., [1869].

First edition illustrated by two tipped-in original photographs illustrating two cases of indented nipple, by Philip Crelin, Junior, 87 Regent Street. The book was published posthumously a few months after the author’s death in 1869. The final leaf contains advertisements for the late Dr Epp’s previous books: ”Constipation”, ”Consumption” and ”Domestic Homoepathy”, available from Mrs Epps, 89 Great Russell Street. Dr Epps was an ardent advocate of phrenology and homoepathy and gained a large practice, although from 1844 he became increasingly deaf. He also lectured on botany, chemistry and materia medica and became about 1830 medical doctor of the Royal Jennerian and London Vaccine Institution. His philantrophic efforts and personal acts of kindness were numberless and he was regarded by many of the working classes as a prophet in medicine.

Collation: Pp xiv, 132, (16). Woodcut frontispiece and illustrations in the text showing the womb, the pelvis and the ovary. At the end are 2 plates with figures of the breast during pregnancy. With 2 plates with mounted photographs.

Binding: Publisher’s blind-stamped blue cloth, gilt spine lettering..

Provenance: Old library cancellation stamp on front fly-leaf: Kungl. Gymnastiska Centralinstitutet.

References: DNB volume VI, pp 800-801; not in Gernsheim, Incunabula of British Photographic Literature 1839-1875.

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