1873. Item #78211
TARDIEU, Ambroise. ETUDE MEDICO-LEGALE SUR LA PENDAISON, LA STRANGULATION, ET LA SUFFOCATION. Paris: J.-B. Bailliere et Fils, 1870. This work is divided into three parts: 1.) Of hanging (an entirely new work, first edition), 2.) Of strangulation (first appeared in 1855, but here enlarged), 3.) Of suffocation (first appeared in 1860, here with additions). 13 full-page line illustrations in text show suicides by hanging of prisoners, and 1 color plate showing the lung and heart of a new-born child killed by suffocation. Octavo. xii,352 pp. (Waller 9481). Bound with: TARDIEU, Ambroise. ETUDE MEDICO-LEGALE SUR LES ATTENTANTS AUX MOEURS. Paris: J.-B. Bailliere et Fils, 1873. Sixth edition. 4 plates. Octavo. viii,303, pp. (Waller 9482, the 7th ed.). Two titles in one contemporary binding of quarter black calf and marbled boards, with a gilt-stamped title to spine. Binding shows superficial rubbing and some wear to top fore-corners. A few leaves have dog-eared corners; a few others have scant, light foxing just at the fore-edge. A clean, sound and very good plus copy. Ambroise Tardieu (1818-1879), the foremost French medico-legal expert of his time, was professor of legal medicine at the University of Paris. He wrote with clarity and precision on the legal aspects of a wide range of topics including infanticide, abortion, insanity, as well as hanging.