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Johnston, George Milligen
A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH- CAROLINA, WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE AIR, WEATHER, AND DISEASES, AT CHARLES-TOWN. WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1763
London, 1770. 96pp. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Internally clean. Very good. An important account of South Carolina in the mid-18th century. Johnston, a doctor, was the chief medical officer of the British Army in South Carolina. He writes extensively on the diseases of the area in addition to the climate, weather, and local foods. He specifically discusses several kinds of fevers, as well as cholera, dysentery, and pleurisy, noting a particularly virulent form of pleurisy which often attacks the slave population. He also includes a chapter on the local Indian tribes including the Catawbas, Cherokees, Creeks, and Chickasaws, and the role they played in the late French and Indian War. Scarce on the market. No copies have appeared at auction since the Streeter Sale in 1967. Many sources, including Howes, give Milligen as the author's surname, which it was, but he later assumed the last name of a relative named Johnston. HOWES M621, "aa." STREETER SALE 1131. SABIN 49086. ESTC T99069. REESE & OSBORN, STRUGGLE FOR NORTH AMERICA 84 (note).
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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