Chicago: Vitalogy Association, 1915. Hardcover. Very large 8vo. Quarter morocco. Marbled endpapers. Profusely illustrated with many plates in full color. Includes several folding diagrams, all complete. 971 pp.
Front board and front endpaper detached. Lacking spine covering. Covers quite worn, with scuffed edges and chips to leather. Interior is excellent, with only some offsetting from the ephemera which was laid in. A fair copy due to binding.
This is a fascinating (and rather weighty) encyclopedia of health and home remedies. First published in 1904, Vitalogy was sold door-to-door and remained popular among homemakers until the 1920s. The book truly covers a breadth of topics, including traditional diseases, psychological disorders, phrenology, hygiene, morality, (thinly veiled advertisements for) patent medicines, and a bit of medical history. Includes a very thorough, illustrated guide to medicinal plants. Today, it is largely notable for its wealth of anatomical illustrations and as the inspiration for the 1994 Pearl Jam album of the same name, which borrowed the cover and much of the imagery from this book for its liner notes.
Our copy includes many pieces of paper ephemera, including hand-written recipes for medicinal tonics, clippings from medical newspapers, religious papers, and more. Fair. Item #2069