PSYCHIATRIST

[John Conolly, physician to Middlesex Asylum, Hanwell.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Conolly.') to 'Dr. Spurgin' [i.e. John Spurgin], reporting on the ill state of his health.

Author: 
John Conolly (1794-1866), psychiatrist and author, resident physician to the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell [John Spurgin (1797-1866), physician and medical author]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Lawn House, Hanwell, Middlesex, W.; 4 October 1859.
£300.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small tape stain on reverse. Folded twice. The letter begins: 'My dear Dr. Spurgin, | Believing you to be left all alone, I was hoping to write and entreat you to come & see us: but a sudden return of Neuraliga faciei, now, I hope, leaving me, is not so much departed as to permit my speaking, or eating, or drinking, except at long intervals, & then very sparingly.' Conolly fears that he would neither be able to dine nor talk with Spurgin.

[John Conolly, physician to Middlesex Asylum, Hanwell.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'J. Conolly') to W. F. Cleveland, regarding his consultation arrangements, the death of a relative, and obtaining the services of 'the attendant, Mrs. Hazell'

Author: 
John Conolly (1794-1866), psychiatrist and author, resident physician to the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell [William Frederick Cleveland, physician]
Publication details: 
ONE: On letterhead of Hanwell, London, W.; 15 January 1861. TWO: Hanwell, W.; 31 January 1861.
£450.00

For information on the recipient the physician William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. ONE: 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. He begins by stating that he 'constantly' sees 'patients in London for the ordinary Consultation Fee of 2 Gs.' Because of the 'lamented death of a relative at a distance', Conolly is 'unable to name an earlier time for having the pleasure to meet you than Monday next, the 21st., at 3 o'Clock'. TWO: 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper, with mourning border.

[Sir Thomas Clouston, Scottish asylum physician and psychiatrist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. S Clouston') regarding a donation to an unfortunate woman, and his family holiday on Orkney

Author: 
Sir Thomas Clouston [Sir Thomas Smith Clouston] (1840-1915), Scottish asylum physician and psychiatrist
Publication details: 
ONE: On letterhead of 26 Heriot Row, Edinburgh; 6 June 1910. TWO: On letterhead of Holodyke, Dounby, Orkney; 29 September 1910.
£200.00

Both in good condition, lightly aged, and each with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf. Both addressed to 'My dear Pierce'. (Pierce had worked under Clouston at the Royal Edinburgh Asylum, before taking up his post at the York Retreat asylum in 1892.) Clouston's hand is markedly disordered hand, and difficult of decipherment. ONE: 2pp, 12mo. He is enclosing a cheque for three guineas 'for [Maher's?] Fund'.

[John Conolly, physician to Middlesex Asylum, Hanwell, pioneer of humane treatment of insane.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Connolly') regarding his Croonian Lectures, and his gratitude to 'The Lancet' for their 'steady and manful support'.

Author: 
John Conolly (1794-1866), psychiatrist and author, resident physician to the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell [Royal College of Physicians, London; The Lancet]
Publication details: 
Hanwell; 22 February 1849.
£220.00

The subject of the letter is the Croonian Lectures, 'On some of the Forms of Insanity', which Conolly delivered before the Royal College of Physicians in 1849. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf. The recipient is not identified.

[John Conolly, physician to Middlesex Asylum, Hanwell, pioneer of humane treatment of insane.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Conolly') to 'John Wilkes Esqe', asking for postponement as he is to give evidence before a Commission de Lunatico Inquirendo'

Author: 
John Conolly (1794-1866), psychiatrist and author, resident physician to the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell, pioneer of principle of non-restraint in treatment of the insane
Publication details: 
Hanwell; 6 May 1850.
£200.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The letter reads: 'My dear Sir, | I am required to give evidence before a Commission de Lunatico Inquirendo on Thursday morning at ten, in London. I trust, therefore, to being permitted to postpone my attendance on the Committee until two on that day.'

[Samuel Tuke of the York Retreat, asylum reformer.] Autograph Letter in the third person to the medical publisher John Churchill, instructing him to send a copy of his book to German psychiatrist Maximilian Jacobi.

Author: 
Samuel Tuke (1784-1857), Quaker minister, asylum reformer at the York Retreat [John Churchill (1801-1875), London medical publisher; Carl Wigand Maximilian Jacobi, German psychiatrist]
Publication details: 
York; 14 September 1841.
£400.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. Begins: 'Samuel Tuke having been disappointed of an opportunity of sending by a private hand a parcel to his friend Dr Max. Jacobi will be much obliged to J. Churchill to send to him four copies of the translation of his work'.

[Professor William Bevan Lewis, psychiatrist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. Bevan-Lewis') to Bedford Pierce of the Retreat asylum in York, discussing a course of lectures they are to give together.

Author: 
William Bevan-Lewis (1847-1929), Professor of Mental Diseases, Leeds; and Medical Superintendent, West Riding Asylum, Wakefield [Bedford Pierce (1861-1932), Consulting Physician, The Retreat, York]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of W. R. Asylum [West Riding Asylum], Wakefield [Yorkshire]; 22 March 1908.
£450.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded once. Forty-three lines of text. He begins by expressing pleasure at the prospect of being associated with Pierce 'in the Course of Lectures on Mental Diseases', and at the news that Pierce has 'decided to take up the Systematic Part'. He leaves the choice of day to Pierce, and offers to put him up for the night.

[Charles Arthur Mercier, forensic psychiatrist.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to psychiatrist Bedford Pierce, regarding: the 'spook business', Sir Victor Horsley and 'forcible feeding', punctuation, the 'hopeless' case of 'Jackson'.

Author: 
Charles Arthur Mercier (1851-1919), pioneer in the field of forensic psychiatry and debunker of spiritualism, President of Medico-Psychological Association [Bedford Pierce (1861-1932), psychiatrist]
Publication details: 
Both on letterheads of The Flower House, Southend, Catford, S.E. [London]. 23 July 1906 and 28 December 1909.
£500.00

Both letters are signed 'Chas. Mercier'. ONE 23 July 1906. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper adhering to the blank second leaf. The letter, which is written in a playful tone, begins: 'My dear Bedford Pearce [sic] | Blamed if I do? I am not so ignorant of the Canonical Books as to confuse Prov: 26. 4 with 26. 5. Your offence, which cries aloud to heaven, is the omission of a comma! A quotation should follow the original verbatim et literatim [sic] et punctuatim, and a stop is an integral part of the text.

[Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist who coined the terms 'schizophrenia', 'schizoid', 'autism' and 'ambivalence'.] Typed Letter Signed ('Bleuler'), in German, requesting information on the manifestation of 'eine psyche-artige Funktion' in plants.

Author: 
Eugen Bleuler [Paul Eugen Bleuler] (1857-1939), Swiss psychiatrist and eugenicist, who coined such psychiatric terms as 'schizophrenia', 'schizoid', 'autism' and 'ambivalence'
Publication details: 
On his letterhead, Zurich, Switzerland; 5 March 1939.
£1,000.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Written a few months before Bleuler's death to an unnamed recipient ('Liebster Freund!'), regarding the possibility of consciousness within the plant kingdom. As a nonbotanist ('als Nichtbotaniker') Bleuler has no knowledge of 'die Falle, wo Pflanzen Gedichtnis oder sonst eine psyche-artige Funktion zeigen', with the exception of 'der Mimosen', and it strikes him ' dass ich eigentlich die Pflicht hatte, das Material so weit als moglich zu kennen, bevor ich etwas drucken lasse'.

[Alois Alzheimer, German neuropathologist who discovered Alzheimer's disease.] Typed Letter Signed ('Alzheimer.'), in German, to neurologist Otto Maas.

Author: 
Alois Alzheimer [Aloysius Alzheimer], German psychiatrist and neuropathologist, credited with discovering Alzheimer's disease [Otto Maas (1871-c.1942), German neurologist]
Publication details: 
München [Munich], 25 July 1911.
£2,000.00

The recipient is not named, but the item comes from the papers of Otto Maas, a German neurologist who obtained his medical degree from the University of Strasbourg in 1898. Between 1910 and 1932 Maas was Director of the clinic in Berlin-Buch. Together with his wife, Hilde, he also ran a private practice in Berlin-Westen. He was an assistant to Hermann Oppenheim, and collaborated with Hugo Liepmann, and Oskar and Cécile Vogt. From around 1934 he was based in London, where until at least 1938 he was associated with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

[Sir Thomas Clouston, Scottish asylum physician and psychiatrist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. S Clouston') regarding a donation to an unfortunate woman, and his family holiday on Orkney

Author: 
Sir Thomas Clouston [Sir Thomas Smith Clouston] (1840-1915), Scottish asylum physician and psychiatrist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Holodyke, Dounby, Orkney. 29 September 1910.
£150.00

2pp, 12mo. On first leaf of bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank second leaf. Folded once. Written in a markedly disordered hand, difficult of decipherment. The recipient is not named.

[George Cheyne, Scottish physician and psychiatric pioneer.] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Geo: Cheyne') to MP John Selwyn junior, giving diagnosis and medical and dietary advice regarding his affliction with 'frequent palpitations, & oppressions'.

Author: 
George Cheyne (c.1671-1743), celebrated Scottish physician and pioneer in the field of psychiatry
Publication details: 
Bath; 13 and 20 October 1735.
£1,200.00

Throughout the Georgian period Cheyne was one of the most influential figures in the field of psychiatric disorders. He has been described by Professor Roy Porter as 'one of the originators of the neurological school of psychiatry'.'By insisting that the key to the troubled spirit lay in sociopathology,' Porter states, 'Cheyne established the agenda for what would eventually become psychiatric epidemiology.' While dealing with physical ailment rather than mental disorder, the present two long letters cast a fascinating light on his process of diagnosis and treatment.

[Forbes Winslow, nineteenth-century physician and psychiatrist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F Winslow'), urging Sir John Philipart to 'make an effort to come among yr old friends & shake them again by the hands'.

Author: 
Forbes Winslow [Forbes Benignus Winslow] (1810-1874), nineteenth-century physician, psychiatrist, author and authority on lunacy [Sir John Philippart (1784?–1874), author and editor]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 23 Cavendish Square [London]. 28 November [no year].
£150.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge of reverse of second leaf, and two central folds, one vertical and one horizontal. He invites Philipart to 'do us the pleasure of meeting Dr & Mrs Bennett on Wednesday next at dinner at 6.40 for 7 o Cl'. He is 'most anxious', as they are 'both going down the hill [last four words underlined] to renew an old & much valued friendship & to re introduce you to some of my grown up children'.

[German Psychiatrist] Autograph Letter Signed "Stadelmann" to an unnamed correspondent. In German.

Author: 
Dr Heinrich Stadelmann, German psychiatrist
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Dr. Stadelmann's | Klinik fur Nervenkranke | Dresden - A., Hubnerstrasse 2, [Germany, 31 August 1907.
£120.00

Three pages 12mo, fold mark, good condition. He informs his correspondent that he has jsut beeen to London for "dem internatioalur Kongress fur Schulhygiene" but the rest escapes me. Image of letter may be obtained on request. Price assuming decent content. Note: "From 1920, Dr Heinrich Stadelmann, Dresden psychiatrist and hypnotist, fixes us with outsize spectral watery-green eyes, rims pinkly bloodshot. His face is ashen – Stadelmann never saw the sun, working only at night – and his ears are so large that they evoke another nocturnal creature, a bat.

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