The Mother of modern nursing signs and sends a book relating to nursing to a previously shipwrecked nurse!
Historic pioneer of modern nursing FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE hand-signed Materia Medica book, inscribed and signed in graphite "Florence Nightingale". Almost non-existent, this is one of the only works related to nursing we have ever seen signed by Nightingale. Nightingale has additionally inscribed the book to a nurse who was formerly shipwrecked off the coast of Canada in 1878.
Nightingale dedicates the book to "Nurse Webb" adding "delivered from ship wreck by our almighty Father's care & entering on a new post of usefulness at [sic] Hospital". She then signs and dates "Nov. 1878".
CONTEXT: On August 16 1878, Florence Nightingale wrote to her local reverend recounting the ordeal:
"Dear Sir, Four of our trained Nurses have been wrecked on their way home from Canada, where they had been nursing for us at the Montreal General Hospital & were returning for further Nursing employment under us.
The steamer was wrecked upon a reef two days out from Canada, on July 2. All night she was beaten about & in danger of going to pieces. At day break the Captain lowered the passengers into a life boat, but she drifted out to sea & again they were with difficulty saved. For a whole week till the 28th they were on an island, whence an officer made his way to the nearest light house, swimming two rivers, (which the crew would not cross) or battened down in the hold of a small fish schooner, without food or air, in a terrific storm. On July 28 they were rescued by the Erl King, Capt. Ed. Scott, whose kindness we can never forget, bound for Glasgow where they landed safe on Aug 9.
Would you allow me to return thanks for them our four Nurses in your church next Sunday?
Their names are:
The book has been recently rebound in genuine period appropriate natural grain English calfskin. The book itself features gilt covers, raised ribs, a hand-tooled gold label, and acid free cloth front and end pages. The book rebinding itself cost hundreds of dollars. The dedication and signature inside of the book are light but still legible. Some staining to the pages of the book.
A handsome and impressive addition to the collection of the medical professional, history buff, or autograph collector. An exceptional investment opportunity, and a truly rare and remarkable find.
GUARANTEED GENUINE - simply one of the finest Nightingale documents available on the market!
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