Le Fanu, n°36.
First edition in French of Jenner's seminal work on vaccinia.
Edward Jenner (1749-1823), a British physician and scientist, was the inventor of vaccination. His work was published in 1798 under the title An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae (cf. Dibner, n°127).
The translation is due to Count de Laroque.
The discovery of vaccinia as a means of treating patients infected with the smallpox virus (now eradicated) is the basis of scientific immunology and constituted "one of the greatest triumphs in the history of medicine" (Garrison-Morton).
Restored tear to last leaf.