Philadelphia: E.A. Carey & A. Hart, 1838. First edition. Cloth. 12mo. Original publisher's brown cloth. A fair copy, lacking last 3 leaves of text (pp. 249-253). Else generally very good. Cloth rubbed, front hinge tender. Chip to one corner of early page. Mild foxing internally. Fair. Item #10584
The second book from one of the most popular American medical writers of his day ("Baths and Mineral Waters" [Philadelphia, 1831]; "Regimen and Longevity" ; "Baths and the Water Regimen" ; and "Mineral and Thermal Springs of the United States and Canada" ). Bell (1796-1872) was born in Ireland and became a prominent Philadelphia physician, Fellow at the College of Physicans in Philadelphia, and Member of the American Philosophical Society. Of "Health and Beauty" W. J. Holland in 1870 wrote: "Since the publication, now thirty-odd years ago, of the excellent little book of Dr John Bell, we do not know of any work in this country on Personal Beauty, written from the physician’s point of view. In Europe, on the other hand, the subject has occupied some of the best writers in the profession; and in view of the vast increase in cosmetic arts within the past few years, it must be regarded as one of great public and professional, as well as personal interest. "