A very rare original. Name of owner written in ink inside front cover, dated 1883. Very clean copy with numerous black and white anatomical illustrations. Embossed front cover with title, author and decoration. Cover dark green.This is part of the series entitled the 'Chambers Educational Course'. Extensive research has revealed no other such copies available for purchase at present. The publication of facsimiles between 2009 and 2013 demonstrates the cultural importance of this text in the twenty-first century. Originals are to be found in a limited number of academic libraries at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Ohio and the National Library of Scotland. The following is taken from an obituary of the author dated 1912, the year of his death:
'Death of a famous lecturer, Strenuous Health Crusader. The death took place in North Berwick recently of Dr. Andrew Wilson, F.R.S.E., the well-known and highly popular lecturer and writer...Dr. Wilson was born in Edinburgh in 1853, and was educated in the Dollar Institution, Edinburgh, Royal High School, and Edinburgh University and Medical School. He was Lecturer on Zoology and Comparative Anatomy in the Edinburgh Medical School in 1876, and for 10 years he was an examiner in zoology and botany in the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Glasgow. For a time he was editor of "Health." Early in his career Dr. Wilson was appointed Lecturer on Physiology and Health to the George Combe Trust, and shortly after this appointment he received a commission to lecture for the Gilchrist Education Trust. These two appointments he held up to the time of his death. He was a doctor of philosophy and a bachelor of medicine. Probably few lecturers were so much in demand as was Dr. Wilson. In addition to the Combe and Gilchrist Trust Lectures, which he delivered all over Great Britain and Ireland, he had a vast number of lectures on popular scientific subjects, and these he gave in all parts of the United Kingdom. He also lectured in many places on the Continent. Dr. Wilson was a prolific writer. He wrote a great number of books on scientific. topics, and in addition he was an extensive contributor to daily and weekly journals and many of the popular magazines... During his long career as a lecturer, Dr. Wilson had many amusing experiences, and, having a fine sense of humour, he enjoyed a good story even when it was told against himself'. 'The Cairns Post', Queensland, Australia, Monday 14th October, 1912.