1751.001: Every Man His Own Doctor.

Published: 1751

Full Title: Every man his own doctor, or, The poor planter’s physician : prescribing plain and easy means for persons to cure themselves of all, or most of the distempers, incident to this climate, and with very little charge, the medicines being chiefly of the growth and production of this country. The fourth edition, with additions.

Author: Tennent, John.

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: William Hunter

Description: 48 pgs.; 18 cm. (12mo)


Previous three editions of Every Man His Own Doctor were issued in Williamsburg by William Parks in 1734 (1734.001 & 1734.002) and 1736 (1736.004). With this issue, Hunter published a new edition of the Williamsburg printing office's most popular pre-Revolutionary work. Copy at the American Antiquarian Society is bound with the 1742 edition of Eliza Smith's The Compleat Housewife (1742.001); copy at the Library of Virginia is bound with 1752 edition of that same work (1752.001); the binding-states suggest Hunter disposed of the unsold sheets of the lengthier Compleat Housewife that remained in Parks' estate (d. May 1750) by adding a new edition of Tennent to the mix; his success in marketing the pairing in 1751 evidently instigated publication of new edition of Smith's work in 1752 to continue the bound offering.

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