Very Good. Item #6008
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1860. First American Edition. Small octavo; 140pp +4pp ads. Green pebbled cloth with gilt lettering. Boards dirt-spotted down front and more lightly so on back, with bumping to corners and shallow chips / nudging to spine ends. 1861 A nun's ownership signature dated 1861 on front free endpaper. Light to moderate foxing throughout, with title page and a few others heavily so. A few pages dog-eared at top corner. One section head circled in pen, else pages unmarked. Binding is sound.
Nightingale was a women's rights activist, social reformer, and statistician, who became famous for training nurses during the Crimean War. The founder of modern nursing, Nightingale's practical guide to the practice of caring for the sick and wounded -- the first of its kind -- was intended to "give hints for thought to women who have personal charge of the health of others." First published in England a year prior. At the time of the book's American appearance, Nightingale established her Training School at St. Thomas' Hospital, now the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College, London.