SOLD BY ORDER OF THE MARY ROXBURGHE TRUST
8vo, FIRST EDITION, half-title, five folding plans or diagrams, red half calf, spine titled in gilt, upper board with Lord Houghton's stamp in gilt, powder blue endpapers, a few leaves uncut, minor spotting, browning, 'Diagram of the Causes of Mortality' with small chipping at edge, slight soiling to lower board, rubbed and bumped
These works formed the foundation for all nursing, administrative, and sanitary reforms in the British Army during the Crimean War. Although completed in August 1857, Notes on Matters Affecting the Health, Efficiency, and Hospital Administration of the British Army, was not commercially published. It was considered unsuitable for the report to be available before the ‘Royal Commission on the Sanitary State of the Army’, a commission which Nightingale convinced Lord Panmure (Secretary of State) to instigate in October 1856. To this end, Sir Edward T. Cook, Nightingale's biographer, acknowledged Notes as ‘probably the least known, but most remarkable of Miss Nightingale's works...' The report was never presented to the public but only privately printed for circulation amongst friends and influential peers.
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