REPORT ON THE ...CUNDURANGO, by W.S.W. Ruschenberger - 1873


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A FAIR very scarce 19th century volume, in worn three-quarter binding, issued by the Government Printing Office as part of a report presented to the Surgeon General of the Navy. Interior is age-toned with light foxing. This volume futures 22 original, full page photographs, all clean with gentle age-toning. The binding is secure though the front board is detached with additional wear to the rear shoulder. Spine features gilt lettering and five raised bands, each with the extensive wear to the finish. Spine ends are missing. ** BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! Please see description for more details. AS IS.

A Report on the Origin and Therapeutic Properties of Cundurango 

by W.S.W. Ruschenberger 

A very scarce copy issued by the Government Printing Office as part of a report presented to the Surgeon-General of the Navy. The attractiveness of the cundurango was a hoped for weapon against cancer cells through this was not found to be the case. It has also been attributed to calming the stomach, stimulating the appetite and its use as an astringent. The 22 full page plates depict the leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, bark and other sections of the plant. 28 pages plus plates. 10.25" by 12". 

The rear pastedown bears a dedication plate issued by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery with a signature that is believed to be that of J. Mills Browne, former acting Surgeon General of the United States Navy.   

Published by Government Printing Office. Washington D.C. 1873. 

Hardback is overall in FAIR condition.

  • Three-quarter bound in red cloth and leather with marbled endpapers and gilt lettering to the spine. 
  • The front board is detached. 
  • The cloth portion of the boards are darkened with prominent stains and scuffing to all areas while the leather shows more extensive wear. Please see photos. 
  • Corners are worn with exposed boards. 
  • Spine has gilt lettering and five raised bands, each worn with additional wear to the ends where portions of the leather are missing. Please see photos. 
  • The leather along the rear shoulder is raw. 
  • Binding is secure. 
  • Ffep is detached while remaining marble endpapers are slightly darkened and wrinkled. Please see photos. 
  • Title page bears small library stamp. Please see photos. 
  • Front pastedown bears worn paper remnants, possibly from a sticker or plate. 
  • The rear pastedown features a dedication plate, curiously oriented upside down, with a signature that is believed to be that of J. Mills Browne, Surgeon General of the United States Navy. Please see photos. 
  • Flyleaf is wrinkled and shows closed tears to the bottom edge and fore edge and bears writing in pencil with additional partially erased writing in pencil. 
  • Interior is age-toned and mildly warped with light foxing to both the reverse side of the  flyleaf and title page and continues on subsequent pages, becoming more prominent from pages 24-28 and Plate I. Please see photos. 
  • Rear endpapers are age-toned with foxing. 
  • Illustration plates, present and intact, are age-toned with foxing. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • JS20171021

    William Samuel Waithman Ruschenberger, M.D. (4 September 1807 in Cumberland County, New Jersey – 24 March 1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a surgeon for the United States Navy, a naturalist, and an author.
    After attending schools in Philadelphia and New York he entered the Navy as surgeon's mate, 10 August 1826. He graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1830,[1] and was commissioned surgeon, 4 April 1831. He wrote several works based on his service in the Pacific and along the coast of South America. He was a contributor to Samuel George Morton's work on the "science" of race.

    He also served as a member of the Board of Appointments whose purpose was to form rules and plans for the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Ruschenberger rose to the rank of commodore before he retired.

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Binding: Hardcover
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: Illustrated
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Subject: Science & Medicine
Topic: Historical
Publisher: Government Printing Office
Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
Year Printed: 1873
Author: W.S.W. Ruschenberger
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