Avignon: François Girard, 1748.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003571
4to (240 x 181 mm). , 448,  pp., engraved allegorical frontispiece, title with printer's device, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, 24 engraved plates (2 folding). Contemporary speckled sheepskin, spine with 5 raised bands, morocco lettering piece and gilt decoration in compartments, marbled edges and endpapers (spine ends scuffed, joints partially split at head and foot, extremities worn, corners scuffed). Text and plates with light even browning, brown spot at gutter from p.438 to the end; some light waterstaining (few pages stronger), leaf C4 and Ss1 with small hole affecting two letters, author's name added in manuscript on title. Provenance: Carmelite Order of Joseph Burdigala (ink stamp on title). Still very good copy. ----
Wellcome II, 199; NLM/Blake 57; Barbier IV, 17961; Hirsch-H. I, 620. RARE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of this early work on neurology by an otherwise obscure French surgeon from Avignon. Although evidently published in limited numbers, the illustrations in the book are first rate. The text constitutes one the era's most important surgical manuals on the structure and anatomy of the head. The work on the nervous system of the head and face comprises three parts: the brain and its cortex, the face and the anatomy of the sense organs, and the bony parts of the head as well as a description of the spine. - Visit our website to see more images!
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