April 9, 2012

CCLaP Rare: "First Aid Textbook for Juniors" (first edition), by the American Red Cross (UPDATE: SOLD)

First Aid Textbook for Juniors (1949 first edition), by the American Red Cross

First Aid Textbook for Juniors (1949 first edition), by the American Red Cross

First Aid Textbook for Juniors (1949 first edition), by the American Red Cross

First Aid Textbook for Juniors (1949 first edition), by the American Red Cross

First Aid Textbook for Juniors (1949 first edition), by the American Red Cross

First Aid Textbook for Juniors (1949 first edition), by the American Red Cross

First Aid Textbook for Juniors (1949 first edition), by the American Red Cross

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First Aid Textbook for Juniors
1949, American Red Cross
First Edition, Second Printing

DESCRIPTION: Founded in Europe in 1863, it was only a year later that delegates met in Geneva, Switzerland to first establish the international version of the Red Cross, and to hammer home the agreements regarding the humane treatment of war prisoners famously known as the "Geneva Convention;" but it wasn't until 1881 that the American chapter was founded by Clara Barton, and only then that the scope was expanded into disaster relief and humanitarian aid, a way for Barton to sell the idea to a US Congress still weary from the Civil War. Although the term "first aid" itself was first coined by ambulance drivers in 1878 (and with some principles that go all the way back to the "Knights Hospitaller" of the Middle Ages), it was in 1909 that the American Red Cross first officially established a set of comprehensive instructions for the civilian handling of dire medical emergencies; they published their first book on the subject in 1917, in the middle of World War One, but it was the popular 1938 edition on the eve of World War Two that made the subject break into mainstream awareness.

Although it was the second edition of this guide for teens in 1953 that became a huge national bestseller (aided no doubt by the sudden explosive popularity of the Boy Scouts, a group which doubled its membership in these same years), it was in 1949 that the first version of this still incredibly useful 132-page book came out, supposedly written by National Director of First Aid Carl J. Potthoff (according to the introduction) but in reality probably put together by an entire committee of people at the national headquarters. This second printing of the first edition (from August 1949, four months after the first printing) features 86 fantastic red and black Mid-Century Modernist illustrations by Mary Allen Hood, Ruth K. Macrae and William Brown McNett, and covers what we still think of as the core elements of first-aid training, although most of us perhaps now need less instruction than we did in the '40s as to how to treat a child who has dislocated his shoulder firing an adult rifle. Not to be confused with the 1953 version, of which there are still hundreds of copies being sold online, this rare first edition is a fantastic gift for anyone in the medical industry, and especially those still involved with the modern rendition of the Red Cross.

CONDITION: Very Good (VG). Corners and spine edges slightly frayed, previous owner information on inside front cover in ink, but otherwise in great shape.

PROVENANCE: Donated by the Stark Family of Chicago's Hyde Park, affiliated with the neighborhood Unitarian Church through its popular choir, to an arts organization called the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), October 15th, 2011. Purchased on that same day by Jason Pettus.

PRICE: US$35 (UPDATE: Sold on April 9, 2012. This listing has been left online for archival and research purposes.)

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:16 AM, April 9, 2012. Filed under: CCLaP Rare | Literature | Literature:Nonfiction | Profiles |