Notes on Nursing: What it Is, and What it Is Not.

  • Nightingale, Florence
  • London: Harrison, Bookseller to The Queen 1860
  • Bishop & Goldie 4.


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FIRST EDITION, early issue, 8vo, pp. 79, [1]. Original dark brown limp pebbled cloth boards, boards bordered with triple blind rules, front board lettered direct in gilt. Spine rather nibbled, front joint correspondingly weakened, boards somewhat mottled.


An early printing of Nightingale's enormously influential nursing book, first published in 1860 and reprinted frequently over the following decades. This copy has '[the right of translation is reserved]' on the title-page, ads to the endpapers dated 1860, and 5 of the 6 issue points identified by Bishop & Goldie as denoting an earlier printing. The sixth issue point, the corrected heading on p.73, is noted as potentially later, being found in both states in copies with all other corrections made. But in this copy, that 'later' correction is accompanied by the other five in the earlier, uncorrected state - perhaps disproving the assumed priority.

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