London: Printed for the Author by W. Richardson, 1783. First edition. 8vo. , 70 pp. Modern red half morocco, marbled boards. Provenance: W. Paine (early signature on title), possibly William Paine (1750-1833), surgeon and politician from New Brunswick, founding member of the American Antiquarian Society, and honorary member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Lacks half-title, otherwise fine / From the Collection of Allan B. Kirsner, M.D. Item #401895
A scarce life of William Hunter (1718-1783) by physician Samuel Foart Simmons, Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He was at the time of this writing President of the London Medical Society, and would later be appointed one of the physicians to George III. Simmons read this paper at the General Meeting of the Society of Physicians of London on 6 August 1783. William Hunter, the outstanding obstetrician of the day and elder brother of the celebrated John Hunter, had died the previous April.