First Book on Tropical Medicine
Discourse of the State of Health in the Island of Jamaica. With a Provision therefore Calculated from the Air. the Place, and the Water: The Customs and Manners of Living, &c.
London: Printed for R. Boulter, 1679.
TRAPHAM, Thomas. A Discourse of the State of Health in the Island of Jamaica. With a Provision therefore Calculated from the Air. the Place, and the Water: The Customs and Manners of Living, &c. London: Printed for R. Boulter, 1679.
First edition. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 4 1/8 inches; 164 x 105 mm). , 149, [3, publisher's ads] pp.
Contempory calf rebacked preserving backstrip. Spine stamped in gilt. Small red leather bookplate, lettered in gilt. Boards ruled in blind. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown and matching small armorial blindstamp on title and first three pages of preliminaries. Some minor worming to lower inner margin of first three signatures, not affecting text. Overall a very good, crisp copy.
"Thomas Trapham, MD, was the son of Thomas Trapham, surgeon-in-chief to Oliver Cromwell. Dr Trapham was educated at Magdalen college, Oxford. He had been demy of that college from 1654 to 1661, but in the last named year retired to Magdalen hall, and as a member of that house proceeded master of arts 14th May, 1661. He entered on the physic line at Leyden, 15th February, 1663, and obtained his degree of doctor of medicine at the university of Caen 17th October, 1664. He was admitted an Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians in December of the same year. He married on the 21st January, 1667, at Stoke Newington, to Mrs Susannah Coxe. Subsequently to this he went to Jamaica, and is supposed to have been swallowed up by an earthquake in that island in 1692. He was the author of "A Discourse of the state of Health in the Island of Jamaica; with a provision therefor, calculated from the air, the place, and the water, the customs and manner of living, &c." Lond, 8vo, 1679." (Royal College of Physicians)