Traité du scorbut divisé en trois parties. Avec un tableau chronologique & critique de tout ce qui a paru sur ce sujet. Auquel on a joint la Traduction du Traité du scorbut de Boerhaave, commenté par M. Van Swieten.
Chez Ganeau, ( 1756), Paris
Two vols. 17 cm. xlvi, 471; 507, (4) pp.
A beautiful set of the first French translation of Lind’s transformative work. Garrison Morton 3713 says, “Lind, founder of naval hygiene in England, wrote a classical treatise on scurvy, in which he described the important experiments he had made on the disease… it was due to Lind that scurvy was eventually eradicated from the British Navy.” Garrison-Morton 3713. Lind’s work first appeared in 1753, so this translation was right behind it. France was investing heavily in revitalizing its Navy after the Seven Years War in an effort to gain ground against Britain, and scurvy had a devastating impact on these efforts. Hence, this translation, the second appearance overall of Lind’s work, could be considered nearly as important to the French Navy as Lind’s original was to the Brits. Bound in full mottled calf with raised bands and gilt spine decorations and lettering. With half titles and errata, which are often lacking. Fine condition.