DUMAREILLE DE VITRY, Adolpho

DUMAREILLE DE VITRY, AdolphoPropagaçâo da medicina dental : …

Lisbon, Nos Principaes Livreiros de Lisboa, 1847.

£1800

8vo. Half title, frontispiece portrait of author and title, viii, 224, (28) pp., il., 6 plates. Bound in an attractive quarter dark green morocco and light green gilt morocco over boards, richly gilt spine with title; initials of Viscount de Campanhà gilt-stamped on centre of front cover. Label of bookseller Livraria Academica of Porto, Portugal, glued to top outer corner of left pastedown. A clean and crisp volumes, only some rubbing to cover corners and edges. A fine copy, excessively rare.

A curious work meant to assist people with teeth problems in order to avoid  excessive pain during dental procedures. The book also includes precious advice for those who “incur in the disgrace of loosing teeth”. In the C19th, the panorama of dental surgery in Lisbon is dominated by the “Vitry dinasty.”

We could not find any copies of this title, expect for one later edition, dated 1848, in the Municipal Library of Sintra in Portugal. Not listed in any dental bibliographies.

Adolfo Dumareil de Vitry arrived in Lisbon in 1835, establishing his dental studio in Rua dos Retroseiros. He was equipped with valuable technical knowledge and achieved popularity for his professional merits. Vitry Júnior was active in Rua do Ouro, from 1841 onwards. Among his customers, the Duchess of Bragança, Dona Maria II Queen of Portugal, the Prince Consort Don Fernando and their children. The Vitry edited: in 1840, “Observations on Teeth”; in 1843, “Manual of the Dental Surgeon”; in 1847, “Propagation of the Dental Medicine, which is the present copy.