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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ONTARIO RAILWAY AND MUNICIPAL BOARD TO DECEMBER 31st 1906.
1 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ONTARIO RAILWAY AND MUNICIPAL BOARD TO DECEMBER 31st 1906.
Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Toronto, 1907. 
176 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), hard cover (blue textured cloth with blind stamped borders, gold lettering on spine and front board.) - no dust jacket. This book was probably originally issued in wraps, and rebound soon after in this hard cover format. Among the issues covered in this report: Accidents; Hamilton, Annexation of Burlington Beach to; Radial Railway strike; London, Street Railway, Repair of; Niagara Falls Electric Light Extension By-law; St. Thomas Street Railway, Examiner of Motormen; Toronto, vs. Toronto Railway Company (lavatories, etc.), etc. Interior - company stamp on free front endpaper and at top of title page, endpapers very light browned and soiled, pages very lightly browned at margins. Exterior - wear at corners of boards, light to moderate edge wear, wear and small piece missing at top/bottom of spine, small bump at top of rear cover, browning to edges of textblock, a few tiny scuffs, light waviness to parts of cloth on rear board . Good. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
2 THE CANADIAN MERCANTILE ALMANACK FOR 1847. INCLUDING "TEN REASONS FOR EMIGRATING TO CANADA" & ADDITIONAL 19TH CENTURY ADVERTISEMENTS.
Copp Clark Professional, (Toronto, 1996), facsimile reprint. 
8vo, soft cover. Reproductions of early advertising material. Contents: Advertisements; Introduction; The Canadian Mercantile Almanack for 1847; Almanac; Legislation; Appendix; Ten Reasons for Emigrating to Canada; Concluding Advertisements. "This fascinating glimpse of Upper Canada showcases the new colony: its officials, clergy, lodge members and business people. Here you find the new Acts establishing towns and school systems, militia and tariffs. You get 'Ten Reasons for Emigrating to Canada' and many pages of advertisements from 19th century 'Canadian Almanac' editions. Here is Canada 20 years before confederation. Here is the perfect gift that traces early families, business relationships and developing institutions. Here is the advertising that sold home remedies, organs and typewriters. Page after page of visual history." Interior - small gift inscription at top of half-title page, otherwise clean and tight. Exterior - very minor edgewear,small, soft crease to rear cover, spine flat and uncreased. VG+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
3 Black, M.H. Foreword by Geoffrey Cass. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1584-1984.
Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1984 0521264731 / 9780521264730 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
343 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "In 1984 the Press celebrates four hundred years of continuous printing and publishing, and this history gives a readable and not-too-formal introduction to that unique record. It is the story of the development of the printing and publishing arm of the University of Cambridge, from the medieval system of resident stationers who dealt in manuscripts to the present large printing and publishing house which produces computer software and audio cassette tapes as well as books (mostly now computer-set). The narrative is given its proper setting in the development of the University, which has inevitably determined the history of the Press itself; in the history of the book trade as a whole; and in the intellectual and political history of England which has at times affected the fortunes of the Press. There are anecdotes about powerful personalities, from Richard Bentley to Stanley Morison, which give colour and life to the sober black-and-white history of printing and publishing." Previous owner's name label tipped-in on half-title page, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, some light browning on spine, small ghost sticker mark on rear flap. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
RHODESIAN PERSPECTIVE., Bull, Theodore, editor.
4 Bull, Theodore, editor. RHODESIAN PERSPECTIVE.
Michael Joseph, London, 1967, first edition. 
184 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, fold-out map showing land apportionment in 1965. "The first and major portion of this book consists of a factual account of some of the more important political, social and economic developments in Britain's colony of Southern Rhodesia from the time of the first European occupation to the present day. It draws on historical records, official reports and government statements to explain what the Land Apportionment Act is, why it was introduced, and what its practical effects are; to examine local government, the educational systems, and economic development in urban and rural areas; to analyse the effect which some of the past and present legislation has on the living a n d working conditions of black and white Rhodesians; and, in the process, to illustrate the political attitudes of Europeans and Africans, and the separate development of the racial communities. (It) collates much of the kind of factual material w hi ch used to appear regularly in the Salisbury journal, the 'Central African Examiner', before it ceased publication. UDI and the censorship imposed under the Emergency regulations in November, 1965, resulted in the 'Examiner's' December issue bei ng heavily cut - about half the material submitted for censorship was banned. The journal's publishing company launched a court case to challenge the legality of censorship and so, by implication, of the Rhodesian regime, but this was unsuccessful and the December 1965 issue was therefore (its) last. The factual material in this book was prepared by former contributors to the 'Examiner' and edited by Theodore Bull, the sponsor and former editor of the journal. His own personal assessment o f Br itish policy on Rhodesia, before and since UDI, and the likely outcome of the present deadlock, forms the second part of the book. His conclusions are controversial, and readers of widely differing political views could be equally shocked by t hem, but they may stimulate a healthy reassessment of attitude towards the whole unhappy Rhodesian situation." Previous owner's place, date and signature on free front endpaper; slight bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrink ling, slight browning on spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 24.00 USD
 
 
RHODESIA: CRISIS OF COLOR.  (COLOUR)., Bull, Theodore.  Introduction by Gwendolen M. Carter.
5 Bull, Theodore. Introduction by Gwendolen M. Carter. RHODESIA: CRISIS OF COLOR. (COLOUR).
Chicago Quadrangle Books 1968 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
184 pp, 8 1/2" H. "Mr. Bull, editor of the 'Central African Examiner' (one of Salisbury's leading magazines before it ceased publication late in 1965 as a result of rigid censorship by the Rhodesian government), presents the first authoritative explanation of the Rhodesian situation. Most of his book is a factual account of the important political, social, and economic changes in Britain's colony from the first European settlement to the present day (1967), with particular attention to the separate develop-ment of the racial communities. The second part of the book is an assessment of British policy before and after Rhodesia's Universal Declaration, and the likely outcome of the present deadlock." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny faint water mark on top of text block; previous owner's signature, name and date on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light fading/browning on spine, very small tear at top of front panel - archivally taped, some light rubbing with color loss on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
A TREATISE ON THE COMMERCE AND POLICE OF THE RIVER THAMES., Colquhoun, Patrick.
6 Colquhoun, Patrick. A TREATISE ON THE COMMERCE AND POLICE OF THE RIVER THAMES.
Patterson Smith, Montclair, New Jersey, 1969, facsimilie reprint of 1800 edition. 
676 pp + index, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover (burgundy cloth with gold lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. Fold-out map at title page, tables (two fold-out). Title continues: "Containing an historical view of the trade of the Port of London ; and suggesting Means for preventing the Depredations thereon, by a Legislative System of River Police. With an account of the functions of the Various Magistrates and Corporations exercising jurisdiction on the river; and a general view o f T h e P e nal and Remedial Statutes connected with the subject." Previous owners small stamp on front pastedown, small very faint soiling mark at top of title page, small soft crease at top of pages 385-402, faint foxing marks on fore-edge o f t ex t bl oc k, mi no r soiling to top/bottom of textblock, one small corner bump - slight bump at other corners, light rubbing, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two tiny light marks on front board small area of very slight fading to spin e col or. VG 
Price: 200.00 USD
 
 
THE TORONTO GENERAL HOSPITAL, 1819-1965:  A CHRONICLE., Cosbie, W.G.
7 Cosbie, W.G. THE TORONTO GENERAL HOSPITAL, 1819-1965: A CHRONICLE.
Toronto Macmillan of Canada 1975 0770511848 / 9780770511845 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
373 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "The story of the Toronto General Hospital is intimagely and inseparably associated with the development of the city of Toronto and the support of its citizens. Dr. Crosbie traces the history of the Hospital from its founding in York, through its humble facilities on King Street, to the ornate Victorian structure on Gerrard, and finally to the great institution which today dominates the corner of College Street and University Avenue. Its early services to the victims of the War of 1812 and of the cholera epidemics of the nineteenth century, the problems of financing, the challenges of two world wars, and its relationship with the University and its medical schools are just a few of the factors governing the direction taken by the institution. Throughout this chronicle, the achievements of a distinguished body of medical staff in the fields of medical practice, research, and teaching are described in a context of contribution to the University and the city of Toronto, a well as to the international medical scene." Very small soft crease at top corner of last 50 pages, bottom corner of boards are bumped, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, old tape on inside top/bottom edges. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
JOHN PRINCE:  A COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS., Douglas, R. Alan, edited and with introduction by.  Foreword by William G. Davis.
8 Douglas, R. Alan, edited and with introduction by. Foreword by William G. Davis. JOHN PRINCE: A COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS.
Toronto The Champlain Society 1980 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 
229 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H) - red cloth with gilt lettering/crest on spine. No. 844 of Twelve Hundred and Fifty Copies of this Volume prnted for the Champlain Society. B&w photographs, maps, reproductions. "John Prince was undoubtedly one of the most colourful individuals to reside in Upper Canada during the half century that preceded Confederation. (The mythology that had grown up around his memory in southwestern Ontario identified him as the product of an illegal marriage between George IV and Maria Anne Fitzherbert.) His eventful career as an attorney, politician, soldier, entrepreneur, and jurist caused him to become a legend in his own lifetime both in Essex County, where he resided at Sandwich from his arrival in 1833 until 1860, and in Sault Ste Marie where he spent the last ten years of his life as Judge of the Algoma District. In the legislature his independence and erratic individualism soon earned him the reputation of a political maverick. Business interests and entrepreneurial instincts attracted him to railway and banking ventures as early as the 1830s. Individualist and eccentric though he was, John Prince was still very much a man of his age." Minor wear at corners. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
9 Gosnell, R.E. THE YEAR BOOK OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND MANUAL OF PROVINCIAL INFORMATION. 1903.
Victoria, B.C. Province of British Columbia 1903 Hard Cover Very Good 
394 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, tables. Contents: Introduction; Physical Characteristics (Geology of British Columbia / Rivers and Lakes / Political Divisions / A Coast Trip / Climate); Agriculture ( Upper Mainland / Lower Mainland / Vancouver Island and Adjacent Islands / General Conditions / Fruit-growing in Okanagan / Poultry-raising in B.C. / Hog-raising / Sheep-raising / Cattle-raising / Dairying / Fruit-growing / General Farming / Dominion Census Returns / Land Returns / Prices, Current Market, Etc. / Laws Affecting Agriculture); Mining in British Columbia (Mining Statistics / Coal and Coke Production / Placer and Hydraulic Mining / Mining by Districts / Coal Mining / Iron Ores in B.C. / Coal and Coke Supply / Synopsis of Mining Laws / Gold Commissioners and Mining Recorders); The Fisheries ; Forest Wealth (Legislation Affecting Manufacture of Pulp / Timber Statistics / Timber on Dominion Lands); Educational; Provincial Health Laws; Taxation and Assessment; Municipal; Our Indians; Towns and Cities; Census of British Columbia; Railway Enterprise; Game of British Columbia; Labour and Wages; Political Information; Trade and Navigational Statistics. Slight bump to top corner of both boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light browning to edges of text block, very small shallow bump on rear board, very small area of surface paper loss at top of page 235, very minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
GOVERNMENT POLICY FOR THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT.  JUNE, 1973.  DEVELOPMENT PLANNING IN ONTARIO., Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs.
10 Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs. GOVERNMENT POLICY FOR THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT. JUNE, 1973. DEVELOPMENT PLANNING IN ONTARIO.
Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs 1973 Stapled in Wraps Very Good+ 
35 pp, 11" H. Two 5-fold maps (1. Niagara Escarpment Planning Area, 2. Niagara Escarpment Planning Area and Pit & Quarry Restrictive Area) at rear. Contents: Introduction; Background; Goal and Objectives for the Niagara Escarpment; To Achieve Our Purpose; The New Planning Framework; Plan Implementation: Development Control; Plan Implementation: Land Acquisition; Plan Implement-ation: Pits and Quarries; Plan Implementation: Limited Recreation Resources; Financial Implications; Conclusion: Maps. Interior - small light sticker residue mark at top of first page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LA LEGION ETRANGERE: RECUEIL DE DOCUMENTS CONCERNANT L'HISTORIQUE, L'ORGANISATION ET LA LEGISLATION SPECIALE DES REGIMENTS ETRANGERS., Morel, Lieutenant-Colonel. Ex-Capitaine au 1er Regiment Etranger.
11 Morel, Lieutenant-Colonel. Ex-Capitaine au 1er Regiment Etranger. LA LEGION ETRANGERE: RECUEIL DE DOCUMENTS CONCERNANT L'HISTORIQUE, L'ORGANISATION ET LA LEGISLATION SPECIALE DES REGIMENTS ETRANGERS.
Paris Libraire Chapelot 1912 Soft Cover Good+ 
146 pp, 9" H. B&w photograph. Table des Matieres - Premiere Partie: Apercu succinct sur la legislation speciale aux regiments etrangers; Deuxieme Partie: Renseignements sur le mode de recrutement du corps d'officiers de la Legion etrangere, sur la provenance et la situation militaire des officiers servant au titre etranger; Troisieme Partie: Organisation; Quatrieme Partie: Variation de l'uniforme de la Legion etrangere de 1831 a nos jours; Cinquieme Partie: Index bibliographique des publications concernant la Legion etrangere parues en France et a l'Etranger; Annexes: Les drapeaux des regiments de la Legion etrangere / Liste des colonels ayant commande les regiments de la Legion etrangere / Liste des officiers de la Legion etrangere tues a l'ennemi de 1831 a nos jours / Ode a la Legion etrangere, par le capitaine Vicomte de Borrelli / Legs de Pontecoulant et Renseige-ments divers. Interior - bump at bottom corner of text block, soft creases at top edge of last two pages, many page edges are untrimmed, light toning in margins of pages. Exterior - some light creases to edges of covers, light browning on spine and at cover edges, creasing on spine, several very small tears at bottom edge of rear cover - archivally taped, very small tear on rear hinge - repaired. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
REPORT OF COURT OF INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES ATTENDING THE LOSS OF THE S.S. NORONIC IN TORONTO HARBOUR, ONTARIO, ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1949., N/A
12 N/A REPORT OF COURT OF INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES ATTENDING THE LOSS OF THE S.S. NORONIC IN TORONTO HARBOUR, ONTARIO, ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1949.
Ministry of Transport, Ottawa, 1949. 
53 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). Section headings include: Legislation, Including Regulations; Crew On Duty At Time Of Fire; Origin Of The Fire On The Noronic; Rousing Of Passengers By The Crew; Questions Propounded; Recommendations. Interior - light browning to pages and moderate browning on inside of covers, soft bump at top of gutters, soft creases at bottom corner of text block, tiny tears and crease at top corner of first page, hinges are rusty. Exterior - moderate browning at edges and on spine, soft bump at top of spine, soft creases at bottom corner of covers, light soiling - mainly on rear cover, several small tears and creases at top edge of front cover. Good 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
FIRE WASTE IN CANADA., Smith, J. Grove.
13 Smith, J. Grove. FIRE WASTE IN CANADA.
Commission of Conservation Canada, Ottawa, 1918. 
319 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover (brown cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. B&w photographs, tables. Contents: Summary of Conclusions; Fire Waste in General; Statistical Survey of Fire Waste and Fire Protection in Canada; The Community Fire Hazard; Building Construction and Fire Prevention; Standardization and Testing of Structural Materials and Devices; Private Fire Protection; Municipal Fire Protection; Fire Insurance as Affecting Fire Waste; Appendices - Notable Conflagrations in Canada; Need of Provincial Legislation Governing Building Construction; Fire Conditions in New Ontario; Fire Prevention in Germany; Index. Interior - Some splitting to paper (re-glued) on inside hinges - holding firmly, light foxing to endpapers - mainly at rear, tiny tear/crease at top of free front endpaper, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light to moderate edge wear; light rubbing; slight corner bumps; wrinkling and tiny tear at top/bottom of spine; rear board has several very small rubs, dints at top/bottom edges, small scuff/wear on fore-edge, line indentation down middle. Good reference copy only. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE FACTS OF THE CASE:  A SUMMARY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVIDENCE AND ARGUMENTS PRESENTED IN THE REPORT OF THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC.  COMPILED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE DOMINION ALLIANCE FOR THE TOTAL SUPPRESSION OF THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC., Spence, F.S.
14 Spence, F.S. THE FACTS OF THE CASE: A SUMMARY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVIDENCE AND ARGUMENTS PRESENTED IN THE REPORT OF THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC. COMPILED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE DOMINION ALLIANCE FOR THE TOTAL SUPPRESSION OF THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC.
Toronto Coles 1973 Facsimile Reprint. Soft Cover Very Good+ 
336 pp, 8 3/8" H. A volume in the Coles Canadiana Collection, - originally printed by Newton & Treloar, Toronto, Canada, 1896. Section headings: The Effect of the Liquor Traffic upon all Interests Affected by it in Canada; The Measures which have been Adopted to Lessen, Regulate, or Prohibit the Traffic; The Results of the Measures which have been Adopted to Lessen, Regulate, or Prohibit the Traffic; The Effect that a Prohibitory Law would have upon Social Conditions, Agricultural, Business, Industrial, and Commercial Interests, and upon the Revenue Requirements of Municipalities, Provinces and the Dominion and also as to its Capability of Efficient Enforcement; All Other Information Bearing on Prohibition. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor wear at top/bottom edges of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
15 Stelling, Keith, ed. (Elsie Marshall, Shelly Hawley-Yan; Anthony Godfrey, Keith Stelling, Pat Crocker, Brenda Cooke, Pat Jones, Mark Stirling.) THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF HERBALISM. SUMMER ISSUE, 1996. VOL XVII NO 2.
Ontario Herbalists' Association, Stoney Creek, Ontario, 1996. 
36 pp + ads, 11" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w illustrations. Contents: Editorial; Temagami Threatened Again!: Industrialization planned for Ontario's raincoast forest; The herban lifestyle; Toronto's Urban Sanctuary; Summer Lights (recip es); Close Up On Plants (Elecampane, Elderflower, St. John's Wort, Paeony); Four Traditional Herbal Recipes; Research; Book reviews; The Terrain Theory of Disease; Calendar; Legislation (Precedent set in new Alberta health legislation, Hami l t o n - W e n t worth makes peventative medicine history); People. Interior - faint liquid mark on inside bottom half of front cover and small mark at inside fore-edge of rear cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exter io r - fa in t li qu id mark on bottom half of front cover and watermark at top corner of front cover, small faint liquid mark at fore-edge of rear cover, minor soiling, Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
16 Stelling, Keith, ed. (Keith Stelling, Chanchal Cabrera, Shelley Hawley-Yan, David Hoffmann, Holly Armstrong, Walter Kacera.) THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF HERBALISM. SUMMER ISSUE. JULY 1993. VOLUME XIV NO 111.
Ontario Herbalists' Association, Toronto, 1993. 
40 pp + ads, 10 9/16" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w illustrations. Contents: Comfrey & Coltsfoot: How safe are they?; Premenstrual Syndrome: Herbal treatment; Native Botanical Profile: Crataegus spp. (Hawthorn); Cool Cuisine for Summer; H erbs for Men; Research: Lawn sprays - cancer research, etc.; Book reviews; Legislation: Expert Advisory Committee; Summer foraging; Phytotherapy in Tunis; Herbal Carte Postale from Tunisia; OHA President's Letter; Calendar. Interior - fain t l i q u i d mark on inside bottom of rear cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - faint liquid mark at bottom of rear cover and two at bottom of front cover, small ink smudge on front cover, minor soiling. Ve ry Go od - 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE IRISH JOURNALS OF ELIZABETH SMITH, 1840-1850, Thomson, David, editor.  With Moyra McGusty.  (Elizabeth Smith.)
17 Thomson, David, editor. With Moyra McGusty. (Elizabeth Smith.) THE IRISH JOURNALS OF ELIZABETH SMITH, 1840-1850
Oxford Clarendon Press / Oxford University Press 1980 0198224710 / 9780198224716 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
326 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). 2 maps. "This is a selection from the journals of Elizabeth Smith of Baltiboys, County Wicklow, Ireland, who married Colonel H. Smith, a small landowner, and settled on his family estate in 1830. In 1840 she began these journals which she continued to write, with only occasional gaps, until the year of her death, 1885. This selection is taken from the years 1840-1850, and it provides a graphic account of the effects of the Great Famine on the people of County Wicklow. From her vivid day-to-day record can be derived insights into the Irish economy, into the lives of the peasants and of the gentry, and into the effects of government legislation - notably that relating to the poor law and upon the fortunes of rich and poor alike. A very human document, it is at the same time a major primary source for a critical period in the history of nineteenth-century Ireland." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small soft bump to top corner of some pages, tiny soft bump to corners of boards, small bump at top of front cover. Dust jacket has sun fading to spine color, is price-clipped, has edge wrinkling, small area of laminate loss on rear panel. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
18 Wertenbaker, Thomas J. THE GOVERNMENT OF VIRGINIA IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.
Virginia 350th Anniversary Celebration Corporation, Williamsburg, 1957. 
61 pp, 8" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w photographs. Interior - staples are rusty, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - slight rusting to staples, minor browning and soiling. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
POX:  AN AMERICAN HISTORY., Willrich, Michael.
19 Willrich, Michael. POX: AN AMERICAN HISTORY.
New York Penguin Press 2011 1594202869 / 9781594202865 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
422 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "At the turn of the last century, a powerful smallpox epidemic swept the United States from coast to coast. The age-old disease spread swiftly through an increasingly interconnected American landscape: from southern tobacco plantations to the dense immigrant neighborhoods of northern cities to far-flung villages on the edges of the nascent American empire. (This book) offers a gripping chronicle of how the nation's continent-wide fight against smallpox launched one of the most important civil liberties struggles of the twentieth-century. At the dawn of the activist progressive era, and during a moment of great optimism about modern medicine, the government responded to the deadly epidemic by calling for universal compulsory vaccination. To enforce the law, public health authorities relied on quarantines, pesthouses, and 'virus squads' - corps of doctors and club-wielding police. Though these measures eventually contained the disease, they also sparked a wave of popular resistance among Americans who perceived them as a threat to their health and to their rights. At the time, antivaccinationists were often dismissed as misguided cranks, but Willrich argues that they belonged to a wider legacy of American dissent that attended the rise of an increasingly powerful movement. While a well-organized antivaccination movement sprang up during these years, many American resisted in subtler ways - by concealing sick family members or forging immunization certificates. 'Pox' introduces us to memorable characters on both sides of the debate, from Henning Jacobson, a Swedish Lutheran minister whose battle against vaccination went all the way to the Supreme Court, to C.P. Wertenbaker, a federal surgeon who saw himself as a medical missionary combating a deadly - and preventable - disease. As Willrich suggests, many of the questions first raised by the turn-of-the-century antivaccination movement are still with us: How far should the government go to protect us from peril? What happens when the interest of public health collide with religious beliefs and personal conscience?" Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some light edge creasing - mainly at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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