London: John Murray, 1833. 8vo (8.5" 21.6cm). xv, , 244pp, lacks blank.
First edition: A highly published chief physician and teacher, Abercrombie was highly observant and particularly interested in the mind. His treatise was highly regarded with ten English editions produced in a decade and in use as a textbook as of 1860. Abercrombie, described as a man of great energy and social conscience, was associated with the public dispensary; he assigned medical students under his supervision to different sectors of the poor in Edinburgh. He closely observed the moral and physical conditions of the poor, and based his knowledge on well-tested facts as opposed to theories.
BMC p.14. DNB, I, p.37-38. Contemporary full calf; sides with decoratively blind-stamped and gilt-ruled border; spine with decorated raised bands, blind bordered compartments and gilt-stamped title; top of spine with loss. All edges marbled with marbled endpapers. Blank leaf at front lacking. Clean pages. Very good. Item #870