COOPER, Astley

COOPER, Astley. Observations on the Structure and Diseases of the Testis

London, John Churchill, 1841.


Large 4to. Two parts bound together, both with half-title leaves. Title-page, pp. xiii (i), 330, 24 plates (10 + 14). Many leaves unopened. Bound in contemporary blind-tooled brown buckram, skilfully rebacked. Very light soiling and browning to margins. An excellent copy.

Second edition. Sir Astley Cooper (1768-1841) was a pre-eminent London surgeon, professor of comparative anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons from 1813-1815, vice-president of the Royal Society, a member of the court of examiners of the college in 1822, and he served as president twice, in 1827 and 1836. In his published works, he paid particular attention to highquality illustrations, drawn by a succession of artists that he himself employed.

Garrison & Morton lists only the first edition, 1830 (No. 4166).

HARRIS, Chapin A.

HARRIS, Chapin A.. The Principles and Practice of Dentistry, including Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Therapeutics, Dental Surgery and Mechanism.

Philadelphia, Lindsay & Blakiston, 1871.


8vo, xxix, (3), 33-794 pp., plus 20 final leaves of “catalogue” of works on/relating to dentistry and other fields of medicine. “With four hundred and nine illustrations”, one coloured in red. Early ink autograph on left endpaper and other two owners’ stamps. Inscription in pen on right fly, mentioning bibliographical details. Bound in half black morocco and red buckram over boards. Red morocco label with gilt title to gilt spine. An excellent copy.

Tenth edition of this work by Harris, M. D., D.S.S., first published in 1839 in Baltimore as “The Dental Art, A Practical Treatise of Dental surgery”. This edition was revised and curated by Philip H. Austen, M. D. 

TAFT, Jonathan

TAFT, Jonathan. A Practical Treatise on Operative Dentistry . . . Second Edition, with Eighty-Six Illustrations.
Philadelphia, Lindsay and Blakiston, 1868.
8vo, xx, [25]-442, pp., with numerous illustrations throughout. Bound in original sheep, black leather label, gilt lettering, Rebacked. A good copy.

A comprehensive manual concerning the hygiene and health of the mouth, listing practical methodologies and techniques and  providing “the Principles of the Science, properly digested, the Experiments Detailed, the Manipulations Described, and the whole methodized”. It also deals with fillings, artificial teeth, dentures, etc., from Richardson, D.D.S. & M.D., who was a Midwestern professor of dentistry and metallurgy. “Art Association / of Jacksonville / by Dr. David Strawn”, stamped on left endpaper and blind-stamped logo on first leaves.


RICHARDSON, Joseph. A Practical Treatise on Mechanical Dentistry . . . Second Edition, Very Much Enlarged, with One Hundred and Fifty-Nine Illustrations.
Philadelphia, Lindsay and Blakiston, 1869.
8vo, xx, [25]-442, pp., with numerous illustrations throughout. Bound in original sheep, black leather label, gilt lettering, Rebacked. A good copy.

A comprehensive manual for the construction of fillings, artificial teeth, dentures, etc., from Richardson, D.D.S. & M.D., who was a Midwestern professor of dentistry and metallurgy. With substantial updates to this edition on the use of vulcanised rubbed and aluminum.Of the “Art Association / of Jacksonville / by Dr. David Strawn”, stamped on left endpaper and stamp with logo blind-tooled on first leaves.


DUMAREILLE DE VITRY, AdolphoPropagaçâo da medicina dental : …

Lisbon, Nos Principaes Livreiros de Lisboa, 1847.


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.

HOWARD, Thomas

HOWARD, Thomas. On the Loss of Teeth

London, Simpkin and Marshall (Printed by T. Brettell), 1855.


12mo, 70 pp., 1 f. (dentist’s ads), plus frontispiece printed in blue of a female head profile and with slip overlay depicting a corrected jaw (the slip “represents the face of a Lady deprived of her Teeth, their loss occasioning that close approximation of the nose and chin so Characteristic of Old Age”, while the frontispiece underneath “represents the same Face restored to his original & Youthful appearance by the Aid of Artificial Teeth as supplied by Mr Thomas Howard”). Bookplate of Robert Washington Oates with motto “esse quam videri” on left pastedown. Publisher’s blind stamped cloth, gilt title on left cover. In perfect condition, almost mint.

A scarce treatise on dentistry dedicated to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Fifteenth edition (as stated on title page). The author, who was personal surgeon dentist to the Primate of England, discusses various aspects of managing teeth and gum health such as how to cure and prevent toothaches, dental surgery procedures, preservation of teeth, use of artificial teeth, and foods and their effects on teeth. Howard uphold that “It is the duty of all, and the wish of the benevolent, to preserve their health and personal appearance for the satisfaction of those who love them”, p. 33.

On the owner: “Robert Washington Oates (1874-1958) was born in London and educated in Belgium and Germany. He served in the First World War as a private soldier, at the same time amassing a considerable fortune through his financial interest in a firm of industrial chemists. After the war he became an antique dealer, gaining an international reputation in the antiquarian book-trade. In 1954 Oates was instrumental in securing Gilbert White’s home, The Wakes, as a permanent memorial to the naturalist and author. There he established the Oates Memorial Museum and Library, which commemorated two members of his own family, his cousin, Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), a member of the Scott’s Antarctic Expedition and his uncle, Frank Oates (1840-1875) who was one of the first Europeans to see the Victoria Falls. At that time, the Library was reported to amount to 40,000 books. Two collections of books from the Oates Memorial Library were acquired by the University in 1970.” (from the website of Southampton Library:

TEMMINCK, Coenraad Jacob

TEMMINCK, Coenraad Jacob. Manuel D’Ornithologie, Ou Tableau Systematique Des Oiseaux Qui Se Trouvent En Europe

Amsterdam, chez J. C. Sepp & Fils, et a Paris,  chez G. Dufour, 1815.


FIRST EDITION. 8vo, title page laid down (some letters faded), pp. xxxviii (missing initial blank?), 618. Bound in contemporary half green vellum and marbled paper over boards, title on orange label to gilt spine. Edges sprinkled in green. Very good internal condition, except for some occasional light brownings. Left joint a little loose. A good copy.

Temminck (1778-1858) was the first director of the national museum of natural history in Leyden. His handbook of ornithology became the main reference book of the time on European books. He also wrote natural histories of pigeons and gallinaceous birds.  

SMITH, Thomas

SMITH, Thomas. Le cabinet du jeune naturaliste ou tableaux intéressans de l’histoire des animaux

Paris, F. Bellavoine (impr. d’E. Hadamard à Metz), 1830.


12mo. Only volume 1 (of 6). Plate with engraved frontispiece, one blank sheet, half title, table with engraved title-page, title page, and pp. 424, plus other 11 remarkable plates; all plates engraved by Parisian engraver François Maradan (1766-circa 1816). Fourth edition; revised, corrected and enlarged by A. Antoine (De Saint-Gervais). Bookplate on left marbled pastedown (crest  – a heron under three stars within a shield – with motto “Saint Julien me garde”). Some age yellowing to margins and occasional light foxing, without affecting the text, nor the illustrations. Bound in modern orange calf, brown labels to gilt spine with title and vol. no. A.e.g.

MORRIS, Francis Orpen

MORRIS, Francis Orpen. A History of British Birds

London, George Bell and Sons, 1870.


Large 8vo, second edition. 4 volumes out of 6 (Nos 1,2,3 and 6, complete with all the plates). The complete work in 6 vols contains 365 hand-coloured plates. Here there are about 250 in total. Text clean and fresh throughout, plates with vivid colours and remarkable brightness. Publishers binding, blind-tooled green/blue buckram over boards, richly gilt spine and gilt-stamped centrepiece on left covers. First and second volume with joints starting to split. Corners and cover edges a little rubbed. Pencil autograph of “C. H. Prior” on left endpapers. A famous work, but incomplete, nevertheless provided with a good number of beautiful illustrations.

Zimmer, p. 443; Mullens & Swann, p. 415-418; Strong II, p. 613.


DE SIEBOLD, Ph. Fr. [with] DE VRIESE, W. H., (Eds) Annales d’horticulture et de botanique, ou Flores des jardins du Royaume des Pays-Bas, et Historie des plantes cultuvées les plus intéressantes des possessions néerlandaises aux Indes Orientales, et Amérique et du Japon (II-IV)

 Leiden, A. W. Sijthoff, 1859-62.


Royal 8vo, 4 volumes in 2, missing vol. 1. 49 plates, most of them hand-coloured. Title-pages of second and fourth volume autographed. Vol. II: pp. 1-192, 4 hand-coloured double plates, 1 uncoloured double plate (browned), 8 hand-coloured single plates, 1 uncoloured single plate (foxed); Vol. III: pp. 1-195, 5 hand-coloured double plates, 7 hand-coloured single plates, 1 uncoloured plate; Vol. IV: pp. 1-192, 1 hand-coloured double plate, 10 hand-coloured single plates, 1 uncoloured plate; Vol. V: pp. 1-196, 10 hand-coloured single plates, 2 uncoloured plates (1 single, 1 folding). Preserving the original wrappers with titles, bound in later half blue cloth and marbled paper over boards, green morocco labels with gilt-tooled titles and decorative gilt rolls to head and foot of spines. Bookbinder’s label “Boekbinderij J.V. Welzen Jz, Leiden” on left pastedown.