A Catalogue of the H. Winnett Orr Historical Collection and Other Rare Books in the Library of the American College of Surgeons

Bound in red cloth with gilt device to front board and gilt lettering to spine. With b/w frontis and b/w plates. Occasional foxing, especially to the prelims. Scratch marks to front and back boards. Overall a VG copy.

Price – $18.00 (ZAR-200.00)

A Discourse on the Plague

Full calf binding with gilt ruled edges. Front board split at the hinge butr still attached. Tissue repair to the gutter at the title page.

Price – $200.00 (ZAR-2500.00)

Bibliotheca Osleriana

A Catalogue of Books Illustrating the History of Medicine and Science.

Price – $30.00 (ZAR-250.00)

Cassell’s Physical Educator. 2 Volumes

To date but published circa 1900. Volume 2 have 3 charts for exercise in a pocket at the rear.

Price – $60.00 (ZAR-600.00)

Counsels and Ideals from the writings of William Osler.

Gilt decorated faux leather boards. Untrimmed page edges with some scattered foxing throughout. Previous owner’s name to the prelim.

Price – $25.00 (ZAR-290.00)

Curiosities of Medical Experience. 2 vols.

Cloth spines over paper covered boards. Paper labels to the spines chipped and faded. Two previous owner’s names to the fep of vol.1. Fep of vol.2 missing. Page edges untrimmed.

Price – $120.00 (ZAR-1500.00)

Die Nervöse Seele

Volume of ‘the nervous soul’, a psychological type, by Paul Cohn, a commentator on Nietzsche and correspondent of Elizabeth Foster Nietzsche. Red and black boards with titles to front board and spine. Foxing to edges otherwise a very good copy.

Price – $18.00 (ZAR-180.00)

First Aid in Mining

First aid manual for metalliferous mines, prepared at the request of the Red Cross Society. Numerous illustrations.

Price – $50.00 (ZAR-550.00)

Galen on Bloodletting. A study of the origins, development and validity of his opinions, with a translation of the three works.

Previous owner’s bookplate and review card to the ffep.

Price – $30.00 (ZAR-350.00)

Ganja in Jamaica. A Medical Anthropological Study of Chronic Marihuana Use.

Blue cloth boards. Slight discolouration to feps. Foxing to top edges of pages. Contents clean. Well bound copy.

Price – $48.00 (ZAR-480.00)

Henwood’s South African “Inquire Within”

Worn paper wraps. Numerous printed advertisements. With sections on cookery, bee-keeping, dressmaking, toilet hints, gardening, photography and more. Published c. 1910

Price – $32.00 (ZAR-360.00)

In Qua Potus Coffeae, Leviter Adumbratur, quem consens. nobil. Nec non Exper. Ord. Med. In illustriad salam lyceo, Sub Praesidio

An original Linnean dissertation, complete with one plate.A medico-botanical study of coffee as a beverage, of the coffee plant (Coffea arabica L.), and of the harvesting and preparation of coffee beans. An historical review of the use of the beverage is given, noting that Europe’s first “Coffee House” was opened in Marseilles in 1671. The preparation of different kinds of coffee, utilising many other ground seeds as flavourants, is described. The account treats it to be more important for medicinal usage than as a beverage , noting it to be an anti-aphrodisiac, noxious to mental illness, and responsible for excessive flatulence and indigestion (allegedly sometimes fatal) when ingested to excess. Linnaeus reported that headaches are frequently relieved by drinking coffee. Signature in ink and old catalogue number in pencil to the front page. Fraying to page edges.


Price – $340.00 (ZAR-3400.00)

John Clark’s Werk über die Schiffsmedizin “Observations on the Diseases in Long Voyages to Hot Countries and particularly on those which prevail in the East Indies”. 1773

Dissertation on obtaining the degree of Doctor of Medicine, The Medical Faculty of the University of Dusseldorf submitted by Fritz Zimmermann. Text: German with English.

Price – $28.00 (ZAR-220.00)

Kossoh Town Boy

Autobiographical account of the author, the first African to be admitted to The Royal College of Surgeons. B/w illustrations. Bound in green cloth covered boards with gilt titles and crossed out, white cataloguing information to spine. Library bookplate to front paste down, biographical information slip pasted to f.f.e.p. Ex library copy, with library blind and rubber stamps throughout and library slip w/mount to rear paste down. Overall a VG copy despite some bubbling of cloth over front board.

Price – $15.00 (ZAR-170.00)

LSD My Problem Child. Signed by author and translator.

“Here at last is the inside story of the birth of the Psychedelic Age. Albert Hofmann, famed research chemist, recounts the intriguing history of his problem child, LSD. We follow Dr. Hofmann on a tortuous journey of discovery: the systematic research, the incredible accidents, the frightening personal experiment that was, nearly forty years ago, the first LSD trip. As the story of Hofmann’s career unfolds, we meet Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Gordon Wasson, Ernst Junger, and other fascinating personalities who come to life in these pages. The reader begins to discover the complexity of the moral dilemma posed by a substance that offers such promise yet carries within it such danger. This book’s historical value is matched by its philosophical impact. Here is a world famous chemist, an expert in the most materialistic of the sciences, advancing a mystical world view, with his assertion that LSD, psilocybin, and the other hallucinogens can be seen as cracks in the edifice of materialistic rationality. His provocative exploration of mysticism and materialism illuminates the controversy centring of brain-mind relationships” (from the jacket flap). This is the first English edition. Originally published in German as LSD Mein Sorgenkind in 1979. Signed by Albert Hofmann and the translator Jonathan Ott on the title page.


Price – $700.00 (ZAR-9800.00)

Mimik und Physiognomik

German text on physiognomy, with b/w illustrations. Paper boards, cloth spine. Boards are scuffed and soiled, some insect damage to leaves, ink inscription to half title. Some leaves partially loosed. A fair reading copy.

Price – $22.00 (ZAR-250.00)

Physiognomik

German text on physiognomy, illustrated with b/w plates to the rear. Card wraps with titles to front board and spine, which is worn along the edges. Leaf edges rough cut, some leaves unopened. Endpapers browned and leaves generally age toned. With D/W, good +, some fraying and minor chips to the edges.

Price – $10.00 (ZAR-140.00)

Remarks on the Disease lately described by Dr. Hendy under the appellation of the Glandular Disease of the Barbadoes. Together with: A Letter to Dr. Martin Wall by Richard Kentish; Directions for an Extension of the Practice of Recovering Persons Apparently Dead; and Relief from Accidental Death or, Summary Directions in Verse by Alexander Johnson. Four titles in one.

Four exceedingly rare medical texts bound into one. The first, “Remarks on the Disease…”was published in 1785 and is 144 pp. This followed by an 8 page letter by Dr. Kentish to Dr. Wall, in which he describes a curious case afflicting an Italian musician in Oxford. Published 1786. Then “Directions for an Extension of the Practice of Recovering Persons Apparently Dead…”is an 8 page discourse on early CPR, followed by the rendering of the previous instructions into a verse over 16 pages, published in 1789.

Price – $1500 (ZAR-16000)

Single Lens: The Story of the Simple Microscope

A concise history of the microscope, its origin and development and the role it played in life and science as we know it.



Price – $23.00 (ZAR-170.00)

Skeletons in the Cupboard

Essay on South African museums and the trade in human remains 1907-1917. Laminated pictorial card wraps. Bookseller’s label to back wrap. A very good copy overall.

Price – $58.00 (ZAR-600.00)

South Africa – It’s Medical History 1652 – 1898. A Medical and Social Study.

De Lux edition (limited to 100 copies) signed by the author. Some foxing and browning of page edges to prelims. 2 small marks on front paste-down and fep. Browning to some of the pages on the fore-edge.

Price – $90.00 (ZAR-850.00)

Specimen medico-physiologicum inaugurale,Dentium Formatione Atque Natura

Original marbled paper wraps. About half the rear wrap is missing. Text in Latin. Formation of the teeth.

Price – $170.00 (ZAR-1800.00)

The General Dispensatory

“Containing a translation of the pharmacoeias of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh together with that of the Royal Hospital of Edinburgh from the last edition to which are added the doses, vitues, and uses of the simples as well as compounds and which cases they are attended with danger”



Price – $550.00 (ZAR-3800.00)

Thomas Sydenham, M.D. Opera universa : in quibus non solummodò morborum acutorum historiae & curationes novâ & exquisitâ methodo diligentissimè traduntur, verùm etiam morborum ferè omnium chronicorum curatio brevissima, pariter ac fidelissima in publici commodum exhibetur.

Text in Latin. Important collection of the works of the Father of English Medicine. Description of diseases, conditions and treatments. Engraving of Thomas Sydenham on frontispiece. Bookplate of the controversial Dr William Sargant on front paste-down. ‘Library of Ruth and Walter Riddelmann’ embossed on front fep. Tinting to page edges. Light stains and foxing to prelims. Scattered foxing to contents.

Price – $290.00 (ZAR-3600.00)