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RUYSCH, Frederik. OPERA OMNIA ANATOMICO-MEDICO-CHIRURGICA. Huc usque edita. Quorum Elenchus pagina sequenti exhibetur. Cum figuris aeneis. Amstelodami, apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1721 [i.e. c. 1733]. 4 quarto volumes. Engraved title-page and portrait, 9 text illustrations, + 135 sheets of engraved illustrations. (The illustrations of jars and tableaux of skeletons in the Thesaurus anatomicus by Cornelius Huyberts are worthy of special note for their surreal combination of flowers, fishes, reptiles, seashells and delicate body parts.) This is a four-volume collection of separately published works by Ruysch or of works addressed to him by others; it also includes a life of Ruysch by J. F. Schreiber, a four-page table of contents (which lists only a portion of the works that comprise this set), and an index, dated 1725. The forty-four component works, in varying editions, were all printed by Jansson & Waesberge at Amsterdam from 1720-1733; each has a separate title-page and pagination. It represents a large portion of Ruysch's medical and scientific writings; and like almost every other copy of Opera Omnia, it varies in composition and completeness. A complete and detailed list of the contents of this set is available upon request. The condition of the text leaves and illustrations is very good overall, showing only occasional toning, soiling, or foxing. All four volumes will need to be rebound. All boards are detached and some of the bookblocks are split.
Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), a Dutch anatomist and botanist, was professor of anatomy at Leyden and Amsterdam. He is notable for his method of injecting vessels and for his mastery of anatomical preparations (- the preparation and preservation of specimens). Ruysch showed his preparations in a series of popular exhibitions in small rented houses in Amsterdam. His "cabinet" caught the eye of Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, who purchased it in 1717.
Ruysch made a great number of discoveries in anatomy over the course of his long career; among them, the first description of bronchial blood vessels and vascular plexus of the heart, and the first description of the valves of the lymphatics. (DSB 12, pp. 39-41; Garrison and Morton, nos. 389 & 1099; Heirs to Hippocrates, pp. 219-223; Wellcome IV, pp. 596-601). $12,500.00 #84621 click image for more details, pictures
HIPPOCRATES. HIPPOCRATIS MAGNI COACAE PRAENOTIONES. Opus admirabile, in tres libros tributum. Interprete & enarratore Ludovico Dureto, Segusiano ... Cum rerum commemorabilium indice amplissimo. Parisiis: Apud Jacobum Du-Puys, via Iacobae, 1588. Colophon: Parisiis: Excudebat Dionysius Duvallius, mense Iulio, 1588. First of this edition of Hippocrates' Prognostics edited and translated by Louis Duret and, completed posthumously, by his son Jean Duret. Text in Greek and Latin, with an index at the end. Folio. 33 cm. , 578,  pp. Large printer's mark on t.p.; woodcut initials and headpieces. Old panelled calf, rebacked, with corners somewhat worn. Still a handsome and very good copy overall. Ink ownerships of the British novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) on front pastedown and one of his ancestor's, T. Thackeray (probably Thomas Thackeray, 1736-1806, a surgeon at Cambridge), at head of title-page. (Adams H-611). $3,750.00 #79273
KOELER, Georg Ludwig. EXPERIMENTA CIRCA REGENERATIONEM OSSIUM. Gottingen: J.C. Dieterich, 1786. Octavo. [ii] 105  pp. + 3 finely engraved folding plates showing bone surfaces and sections. Title engraving features strange little bone-regeneration cherubim performing operations on fowl, an animal of indeterminate species, and a young boy. Koeler (1760-1807) studied with his uncle, August Gottlieb Richter, eminent professor of surgery and ophthalmology at Groningen, and eponym of "Richter's hernia." He dedicated this, his best-known work, to Richter. He received his degree in 1786, and became professor of botany and medicine in Mainz. Moderate foxing to text; none to plates. Attractive recent binding of quarter buckram and marbled paper. A rare book. $750.00 #80829
VIARDEL, Cosme. OBSERVATIONS SUR LA PRATIQUE DES ACCOUCHEMENTS, Naturels, contre nature, & Monstrueux. Paris, d'Houry Pere, 1748. Octavo. [iv]344pp. + ff. Contains 17 etched plates. Three, a folding portrait frontispiece and two folding obstetrical illustrations, were in the original edition of 1671. Viardel, Royal Surgeon to Queen Marie-Therese, was unusual in presenting methods which, he says, eliminate the need for instruments in childbirth, and adds a chapter on female ailments. This edition is updated with notes. Extremely rare. Folding plates have inconspicuous archival repairs; one later plate shows light stains; faint foxing to a few pages, but on the whole internally fine. Bound in an attractive contemporary mottled calf with spine label. Light wear to extremities and small nicks to spine ends. (Walleriana 9946, 1st edition.) $2,250.00 #83065
BILLINGS, John S. THE PLANS AND PURPOSES OF THE JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL. Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Co., 1889. From The Medical News, May 11, 1889. 20 pp. 12mo., green sewn printed wrappers. Offprint. "An Address delivered at the opening of the Hospital, May 7, 1889." Ex-library with stamp on front cover, inked out; no other markings. Good, tiny chip to bottom corner of front cover, small closed tear at top of spine and several interior pages (not affecting text). Billings, the celebrated Civil War surgeon, and later Surgeon General, was the chief planning force behind the hospital. Rare. $750.00 #79956 order or enquire
HEAD, Henry. APHASIA: AN HISTORICAL REVIEW (THE HUGHLINGS JACKSON LECTURE FOR 1920). London: John Bale, Sons & Danielsson, Ltd., 1920. Reprinted from "Brain," Vol. 43, 1920, pp. 390-450. 4to., printed blue wrappers. Spine starting. Minor toning, light edgewear and faint soil to cover. Precedes Head's "Aphasia and kindred disorders of speech," 2 vols., 1926, which is considered "the most important work on the subject in the English language" (GM 4633). Includes a discussion on Aphasia, the Proceedings of the Section of Neurology of the Royal Society of Medicine. With case studies and halftone photo illustrations. $750.00 #79950
MAGIE, William Francis, W. W. Keen & Edward P. Davis. THE CLINICAL APPLICATION OF RONTGEN RAYS. [n.p.] From the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, March, 1896. I. The apparatus and its Use (Magie); II. The Surgical Diagnosis (Keen); III. The Study of the Infant's Body and of the Pregnant Womb by the RÃƒÂ¶ntgen Rays (Davis). 20 pp. 8vo., stapled printed wrappers. Offprint. Spine has one inch closed tears at top and bottom. Minor soil to covers, interior clean. Top corner bumped, slightly creased. Eight monochrome plates. Probably only the second presentation on RÃ¶ntgen rays as medical diagnostic tools (via skiagraphs) in the United States; certainly one of the earliest papers on the subject. $350.00 #79931
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