Mather, Increase and Mather, Cotton. Several Reasons Proving that Inoculating or Transplanting the Small Pox, is a Lawful Practice, and that it has been Blessed by God for the saving of many a Life [and] Sentiments on the Small Pox Inoculated. Reprinted from the original folio single sheet printed at Boston in 1721. With an Introduction by George Lyman Kettredge. Mount Vernon, NY: William Edwin Rudge, 1921. Designed by Bruce Rogers. Limited to 95 copies, of which this is #78. Blue paper-covered boards with tan cloth spine and printed paper label. Inscribed by W.T. Councilman [Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, 1892-1921] to Dr. S.B. Wolbach [appointed Head of Pathology at Harvard Medical School in 1922] on front flyleaf. Measures approx. 5.25" x 8". Some browning to spine and light soiling to boards.
A list of subscribers/recipients is included in the rear of the volume, indicating the recipient of every numbered copy of this title. (As such, we know that #78 was Councilman's only copy.) Among others, recipients include Henry Huntington (#40), William Gwinn Mather (#1), George Parker Winship (#30), and Bruce Rogers (#34). A variety of book clubs and libraries round out the remainder of the 95 copies, likely making this one of the scarcest titles BR produced while at Rudge.