Mental Maladies: A Treatise on Insanity, Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol
Translated from the French, with Additions, by E.K. Hunt, M.D.
First edition in English of the first modern textbook of psychiatry
"Esquirol's book, compiled from papers and articles published over the past two decades, summarized the experience gained over a lifetime of observation and treatment of mental illness, in which he closely followed the humanitarian principles of his teacher, Philippe Pinel. Esquirol was one of the first to apply statistical methods to clinical studies of insanity. He recognized the uselessness of the traditional terminology for mental illnesses, and created new descriptions and classifications based upon his own observations. He was the first to distinguish between hallucinations and illusions, and between dementia and idiocy; he also provided the classic description of paresis, coined the term "monomania" and distinguished certain depressive states ("lypemanias") from other psychoses. Along with Pinel, Esquirol is regarded as the founder of the French school of psychiatry; his Maladies mentales was a basic psychiatric text for over half a century." (Norman, 727)
Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1845. First Edition. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-xviii  20-496 [28:adverts paginated 3-32]. Publisher's original sheep showing wear, scuffing, and a few spots of loss, with an indent to rear board. First leaf missing. Hinges cracked but still sound. Several ownership signatures, penciled writing to rear pastedown and last leaf. Foxing throughout, dampstain to bottom corner of the first quarter of pages and at the last leaf. Some creased pages, with a bump to top edge of text block towards the back, resulting in a crimped and bent corner. Rare.