Melbourne, Wilson and Mackinnon, 1866.
Octavo, [ii], 386 pages with a few illustrations plus a hand-coloured lithograph.
Contemporary half calf and cloth; leather a little rubbed at the extremities and slightly worn; endpapers offset; a few 1950s Commonwealth Department of Health stamps and related call numbers on a few pages; text paper uniformly tanned, with a few sections moderately foxed; a very good 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, including lengthy accounts (totalling 36 pages) of the recently concluded Beaney murder trials (the surgeon James George Beaney was acquitted, after the second trial, of the murder of a barmaid, Mary Lewis, who had died following an abortion). The hand-coloured plate accompanies an article by Thomas Shearman Ralph on observations with the microscope on the effects of various chemicals on blood (11 pages).