# 39752

MILNE, John (1775-1841)

Some account of the diseases that prevailed in two voyages to the East Indies, in the Carnatic East-Indiaman, during the years 1793, 1794, 1795, 1796, 1797, & 1798;

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together with observations and medical remarks, in a series of letters to John Hunter, M.D. F.R.S, by John Milne, formerly surgeon of the Carnatic, now surgeon on the Bombay Establishment. London : Printed by E. Spragg, Bow-street, Covent-garden, 1803. Octavo (215 x 135 mm), contemporary calf (lower board heavily scuffed, corners worn), rebacked; front free-endpaper with unidentified pictorial ownership stamp (a knight on horseback holding a lance), title with near contemporary inscription ‘Presented by Lewis Heermann, Sen. Surg. U.S.A.’; pp. vii, [1 blank], 168; endpapers and preliminaries foxed, text leaves with frequent browning, else clean throughout.

The Carnatic, of 1169 tons, was the second of three East Indiamen of that name. Built specifically for the China trade, she made a total of six voyages to China between 1786 and 1802, each round trip taking about eighteen months. John Milne sailed on her third and fourth voyages, during the years 1793-1798. On the first of these voyages he was assistant surgeon, and on the second, surgeon. In this book, written for the benefit of his colleagues in John Company’s service, Milne outlines a range of diseases and other medical afflictions encountered in his work and gives his recommendations for their treatment or cure.

This copy bears an interesting inscription on the title page, which records that the volume was presented (to an entity that is not identified) by Lewis Heermann (1779-1833), who was a surgeon in the United States Navy between 1802 and his death in 1833. His distinguished naval career is eulogised in F. L. Pleadwell and W. M. Kerr’s article ‘Lewis Heermann, Surgeon in the United States Navy (1779-1833)’, published in Annals of Medical History, June 1923, 5(2): 113-145.

Very scarce. The last sale record on Rare Book Hub is for the Quartich copy offered in 1968 in their catalogue no. 886, which was one of the two copies that had been sold by Sotheby’s the previous year. RBH traces no copies prior to 1967.