London: Printed for Dan. Brown without Temple Bar; Abel Roper at the Black-Boy, and Tho. Leigh at the Peacock in Fleet Street. 1698. 1st Edition [Wing C5007]. , 116, [2, blank] pp. ^2 A^4 B - H^8 I^2 [K1, a blank (inserted by binder?)]. 8vo. Signed in 8s. Modern brown full calf binding, executed in a period style. Gilt stamped title lettering in the second compartment. Modern eps. Binding - Fine. Textblock - Good, with paper aged & browned, and a bit of professional restoration to title leaf, in lower corner area. A4 with small piece missing from lower margin [no text affected]. Period prior owner annotations to final blank, providing excerpts from Colbatch's Treatise of the Gout . Prior owner signature of Benjamin Waite Case . Item #43609
Colbatch, eventually a respected & well-do physician, began his medical career as an apothecary apprentice, who developed his own ‘cure’, “his proprietary Vulnerary Powder and Tincture of the Sulphur of Venus, which he claimed to have found empirically through his own studies, chemical experiments, and other experiments on dogs and other animals.” His colleagues were skeptical, but Colbatch perserved, building a bit of a following, such that in 1696, he was able to sell off his secrets to his publisher, Daniel Brown, who made and marketed the medicines.
During the summer he began the process of gaining the licence of the Royal College of Physicians, and on 14 and 23 August, and 11 September 1696, he underwent the formal examinations in physiology, pathology, and therapeutics. He was admitted as a licentiate on 22 December 1696.
In the end Colbatch gained a social reputation as a good physician”, and died an affluent man.