London: J. Johnson, 1771.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003449
1771-1778. Two parts in one volume. 4to (268 x 208 mm). , 128 pp., including half-title, 16 engraved plates after drawings by Jan Riemsdijk and 8 unnumbered leaves of plate explanatory text; , iv, 128,  pp., including half-title and 4 leaves of general index bound at end. Contemporary half calf and card boards, spine with some gilt decoration and red morocco label lettered in gilt, red-dyed edges, original endpapers (wear to extremities, corners scuffed and bumped, boards soiled, small wormholes at joints and foot of spine Text somewhat browned throughout, minor scattered spotting, ink smudges on p. 23 of part I, half-title and title of part I with pale dampstaining at lower corner. Excellent, broad-margined copy in untouched binding. ----
FIRST EDITION OF BOTH WORKS. Hunter was the first to study the teeth in a scientific manner, and the first to recommend complete removal of the pulp in filling them. "This classical work revolutionized the practice of dentistry, and provided a basis for later dental research. Hunter introduced the classes cuspids, bicuspids, molars and incisors; he also devised appliances for the correction of malocclusion. In part 2 of the above work he included instructions with regard to the operation of tooth transplantation." (Garrison-Morton). The first edition of the Natural History is rare, especially when bound with the Practical Treatise as here and with the half-titles present.
References: Norman 1116; Heirs of Hippocrates 968; NLM/Blake p.226; Waller 10650; Wellcome III, p. 317; Garrison-Morton 3675-3676; Notable Medical Books from the Lilly Library p. 131; Hoffmann-Axthelm, History of Dentistry, pp 219-22. - Visit our website to see more images!
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