Brussels: A. Labroue et Compagnie, 1857.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #002878
Large folio (534 x 350 mm). , 83 ,viii p., including half-title, lithographed frontispiece portrait of the author, and 20 plates on chine collé on velin after photographic prints made by Florimond Van Loo and protected by tissue paper. Bound in fine 20th century calf, boards and spine ruled in black, spine with 6 raised bands and gilt lettering, marbled endpapers. Light waterstaining to top blank margin of first 20 and top corner of final 18 leaves, brown spot at blank fore-margin of several leaves, short tear in page 75/76, some scattered foxing mainly to tissue paper; some plates misbound. Provenance: Copy number "25" signed in pen by the author. ----
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of Burggraeve's monumental work on medical bandages and splints, printed on heavy paper and published in a small number under patronage of Leopold I, King of Belgium. The list of subscribers contains 87 names (4 of whom had already died at the time of publication). Besides Leopold I and two high-ranking noblemen, almost exclusively libraries of military hospitals and doctors are listed, only a handful of booktraders. Adolphe Burggraeve (1806-1902), the author of numerous medical works, was a specialist of orthopedic surgery and professor of anatomy and chief surgeon at Ghent Hospital. The plates of the present work were made after drafts of the author and show various arm, leg and pelvic splints, stretch bandages etc. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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