Paris, London, Brussels: J. B. Baillière, 1828.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #002710
Two volumes: text vol. 8vo (197 x 125 mm), atlas vol. 4to (342 x 265 mm). xv, 653  pp;  6-8 pp. Including half-title and errata in text volume; title, dedication and 10 plates in atlas volume, of which two in aquatint printed in white on black glazed paper with additional relief finishing in white, and 8 coloured-printed stipple-engravings with supplementary hand-colouring, all protected by tissue guards. Bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, spine of text volume with gilt decoration and with gilt-lettered label, atlas volume with original printed wrapper laid down on front board (extremities rubbed, boards little soiled and stained, upper joint of text voume cracked at foot, corners of atlas bumped and scuffed). Paper of text volume with scattered light foxing (few pages stronger), plate volume with minor occasional spotting and faint dampstain to inner gutter. Provenance: Chez Brassac, Cahors, Libraire-Relieur (small sticker to front pastedown). A handsome copy, collated complete. ----
Heirs of Hippocrates 1615, 1615a; Garrison-M. 6332; Wellcome II, p. 167; Goldschmid, p.132. - EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST EDITION of "The first significant work on the pathological anatomy of infants. Billard performed several hundred autopsies on infants and children and correlated the data obtained with clinical observations he had made. This pioneer work on the pathological anatomy of infants includes interesting observations on cerebral congestion, intestinal disturbances, the pulse, teething, etc. It includes the first classification of infantile diseases of any importance. This pioneer work on the pathological anatomy of infants includes interesting observations on cerebral congestion, intestinal disturbances, the pulse, teething, etc. It includes the first classification of infantile diseases of any importance." (Garrison-Morton).
"Billard was a prominent gynecologist at the time he wrote this pioneering work on pediatric pathology. Correlating his clinical observations with hundreds of autopsies on infants and children, he shed much needed light on an array of childhood illnesses, some of which had been thought to occur only in adults. Supplementing the text, which contains illustrative case histories, is a remarkable atlas containing ten colored plates showing various pathological conditions, including peptic ulcer, cerebral hernia, thrush, etc. (Heirs of Hippocrates 1615).
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