In this letter, Osler told Jacobs of the great excitement over the Huth book sale, and his purchase of Astruc's study
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1911-11-29 (November 29, 1911)
[Jacobs, Henry Barton]
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. William Osler Collection
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Sir William: Regius Professor at Oxford, 1905-1919
From the Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford.
13 Norham Gardens
November 29th. 1911
So glad to hear of you all from Lady Osler and to have such good accounts. Was it not fortunate that she had not left before
Mrs. Revere's sudden attack and death? Such an ending at 85 is a great mercy.
I hope Mrs. Jacobs is quite herself again. We have had great excitement here over the Huth sale, the prices were shocking
and all previous records broken, as the average for a thousand volumes, excluding Shakespeare which were sold separately,
was 50 pounds. I got the only book I wanted for a song, Astruc's study of Genesis, from which dates all modern Biblical
criticism. He was the famous Montpellier and Paris physician of the first half of the eighteenth century, and a great figure
in his day. Nobody apparently knew of the extraordinary rarity of this book which was published anonymously. I got it for
17/5-. Welch will know about it as he is an old friend of Astruc's. I got one or two other less important things; and
am waiting now for the second part of the Hoe Catalogue, there may be something in that.
I wish the Trustees would do something for Miss Bonner, who deserves a good pension. She has done splendid work for the Hospital,
particularly in the early days, when she was a bond of peace. I am writing to Smith about it.