Melbourne, Wilson and Mackinnon, 1861.
Octavo, [ii], 213 pages.
Contemporary half calf and cloth; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities, with minor wear to the corner tips and the foot of the spine; endpapers offset; a few 1950s Commonwealth Department of Health stamps and related call numbers on a few pages; an excellent copy.
Twelve monthly issues bound together with a title leaf and a cumulative index at the rear. There are numerous articles of interest in the volume, ranging from adulteration of food, to hydatids and snake-bites. The Hon. William Bland MLC contributed 'Bites of the Venomous Snakes of Australia' (6 pages), in which he recounts a personal encounter involving the explorer Captain William Hovell in 1819. (Bland later edited Hume and Hovell's 'Journey of Discovery to Port Phillip').