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Can anyone tell me about this old book?

24th December 2013, 06:42 AM |#1  
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I have a book published in 1793. Its a compact medical book.

I cannot find any info on the author. Publisher. Or even the book itself. I'm at a lost which is why I'm coming here.

Is it worth anything? Is it rare? What do I have here?

Can anyone put me on the trail at least?

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24th December 2013, 07:06 AM |#2  
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Wow. That is pretty old! I would check your local area/city and see if you can hunt down a historian. Try at universitys, If you can find a professor they may be able to tell you where to go next, or better yet reference you to someone who specializes in old books
24th December 2013, 07:07 AM |#3  
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How would i go about doing this?

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24th December 2013, 07:10 AM |#4  
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Try going to a uni or college and ask the receptionist if you can arrange a meeting with a history professor, or better yet, the college/uni may have a website where you can find contact details for the professors. Try using that to contact them directly, telling them about the book

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24th December 2013, 07:14 AM |#5  
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Thank you. I'm hoping its worth a fortune hah.
Its amazing to hold something so old in your hand.

1793. Damn. Its leather. It has stitching. It was well built.

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24th December 2013, 09:00 AM |#6  
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oh wow...

And I thought the books at my uni's library were old o.o
24th December 2013, 09:59 AM |#7  
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I know right lol?

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24th December 2013, 10:12 AM |#8  
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That is awesome man. How did you come by it?

Edit:

It's this one:

http://books.google.com/books?id=G5y...page&q&f=false

http://www.amazon.com/Medical-Pocket...rds=1173828281

Wikipedia on the author:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_El..._and_physician)

"John Elliot MD (1747 – 22 July 1787) was a physician and scientist in eighteenth-century London who was the first person to conjecture that different parts of the retina respond to particular colours of light. However, he was obsessed with Mary Boydell, daughter of the publisher John Boydell, and in 1787 was arrested for attempting to murder her. Although acquitted of attempted murder, he starved himself to death while awaiting trial for assault in Newgate Gaol."

Here's a book about John Elliot M.D:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-Narrative-...item2574b1222c

Don't expect it to be worth much. Even First Editions don't sell for much more than a few hundred pounds and i bet they are in great condition. See here for comparison:

http://www.davidwhitebooks.co.uk/index.asp
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24th December 2013, 10:57 AM |#9  
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An aunt presented it to me. I am an individual who is cultured. I appreciate anything of a time long past.

Thank you for your information.

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27th December 2013, 11:28 AM |#10  
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Impressive! Looks like his life story will make a good read
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