WELLCOME LIBRARY. A Catalogue of Printed Books in the Wellcome Historical Library. With a Foreword by Sir Henry Hallett Dale O.M., G.B.E., F.R.S., M.D., F.R.C.P.
London, The Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1962.
Folio. 3 vols: xv, 407 p.; xi, 540 p.; xvi, 565. Hardback, dark blue buckram, gilt lettering to spines, two volumes with protective tissue wrappers and first volume also with protective paper band. A fine copy.
GEOGHEGAN, Edward. Commentaries on the Treatment of the Venereal Disease
Dublin, Cumming, 1814.
8vo, pp. 219, uncut leaves. With half-title and title-page. Coat of arms of physician Arthur William English (M.R.C.S. Eng., L.S.A.. 1812-1893) on front pastedown. A fine copy with the original paper bound boards and quarter cloth. Very rare. No copy in Morton and Wellcome, only a few copies could be located worldwide.
London, Printed for John Martyn, [Moses Pitt, Richard Chiswell], for the Royal Society, 1679-82.
FIRST EDITION. Compete set of 7 parts in one volume, 210 pp., 6 folding plates, one full-page engraving (no. 5, p. 161), one half-page engraving (no. 4, p. 92), Bound in modern half calf and buckram over boards by Sangorsky & Sutcliffe. A fine copy.
The polymath Robert Hooke (1635-1703) was authorised by the Council of the Royal Society to publish the Philosophical Collections after the official Transactions ceased publication on Henry Odenburg’s death in 1677. Ordinary publication of the Transactions was resumed in January 1682- 3. The purpose of the journal was to provide an up-to-date account of any sicientific topic, such as physical, anatomical, chemical, mechanical, astronomical, optical, natural-philosophical and natural-historical observations, and to advertise the publication of such books. Complete sets of these seven numbers are very uncommon. The present volume also includes anatomical and medical studies. Hooke here published important papers, especailly An optical discourse, which concerned a cure for short-sightedness. One finds in the present collection Leeuwenhoek’s discovery of spermatozoa through the study of animal semen; Lana’s “flying chariot”; Borelli’s De motu musculorum; Tyson’s Anatomy of a porpess (sic); and astronomical observations by Hevelius, Flamsteed, and Cassini on the eclipse of Jupiter by the moon in 1679 and 1681. Furthermore, major discoveries by Malpighi, Moxon, Thomas Burnett, Edmund Halley, Bernoulli, and Leibniz are published in this series for the first time. The plates show Bernier’s flying machine, Borelli’s underwater breathing apparatus, and a new lamp invented by Robert Boyle. William Brigg’s A new theory of vision, a discussion of the optic nerves, is accompanied by a plate illustrating a dissected eye; this detailed physiological study of vision motivated Newton to republish it in 1685 with his own introduction. The Royal Society, founded in 1660, is the oldest scientific society in Great Britain and one of the oldest in Europe. Founders and early members included the scientist Bishop John Wilkins, the philosopher Joseph Glanvill, the mathematician John Wallis and the architect Christopher Wren, who wrote the preamble of its charter.
Keynes, Hooke 24. Norman 1100 (listing only 3 folding plates). See PMM 148 for the ‘Philosophical Transactions’.
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).
MEIER, Adolphus Gustavus. The Practical Orthodontist
St. Louis, Kutterer-Jansen Printing Co., 1911.
8vo, 56 pp., with 136 figures. Original dark green cloth with gilt-stamped title on front cover, blind-ruled four-fillet frame along edges. Inscription of provenance on top of first page. A thin, tight volume in fine condition.
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. A Practical Treatise on Operative Dentistry . . . Second Edition, with Eighty-Six Illustrations.
Philadelphia, Lindsay and Blakiston, 1868.
8vo, xx, -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.