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Pingenot Auction, Lot 313

MEDICAL HISTORY—FRONTIER FORTS & FORTS

313. UNITED STATES. WAR DEPARTMENT. (Surgeon General’s Office). A Report on the Hygiene of the United States Army, with Descriptions of Military Posts. Circular No. 8. Washington: Surgeon-General’s Office, 1875. [60] 567 pp., folding map: Map of the Western Military Departments, of the United States, Showing Military Posts and Principal Routes (New York: The Graphic Co., 1874), 28.6 x 34.1 cm; 11-5/8 x 13-3/8 inches), 12 plans. 4to, original three-quarter leather over marbled boards. Worn covers reattached and original spine preserved. Internally very good to fine.
         Second edition, revised and enlarged (an edition came out in 1870, and the present edition contains revisions, adding new forts). Graff 4443. Howes B450. Pingenot: Originally published in 1870 as "A Report on Barracks and Hospitals, with a Description of Military Posts," and with the designation "Circular #4," Circular No. 8 not only has a different title, but contains most of the information in Circular 4 plus descriptions of 95 additional posts. It also contains a report on the hygiene of the U.S. Army, a subject not covered in Circular 4. Although both books are listed in Howes as B450, Circular No. 8 published in 1875 is not simply a reprint of Circular 4 from 1870. A rare work containing a vast amount of information on frontier posts.
($150-250)