The Turkish Plague of 1778

[Constantinople - Plague]. Della peste di Costantinopoli del MDCCLXXVIII. Osservazioni sulla medesima e riflessioni dell’autore.

Yverdun, no publisher, 1779.

8vo. V, (1), 117, (1) pp. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards.


Very rare study of Constantinople's plague epidemic of the year 1778, by an anonymous eyewitness. Though not himself a medical man (as he confesses in the preface), he feels that most of Europe's learned physicians lack a practical understanding of the illness, for which reason he here sets out his own experiences in writing.

Only six copies in libraries worldwide, mostly in specialized medical research institutions (Wellcome, Institut Pasteur, New York Academy of Medicine, National Library of Medicine etc.).

Binding rubbed and chipped in places, but a very good copy.


Wellcome II, 446. Blake 114.

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