London: T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1802.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003704
4to (276 x 221 mm). vii , 87  pp., 12 stipple-engraved plates (11 printed in colours and finished by hand) by T. Medland, John Stewart, W. Archibald and others after Bell, protected by tissue paper. Later three-quarter maroon calf and cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers (a little rubbed and stained, joints repaired, spine ends worn), preserved in modern cloth slip-case. Text and plates a little browned, some light marginal dust soiling, finger-soiling and staining to plates. Provenance: L. S. Rees (inscibed in ink at head of title). Very good copy. ----
Norman 168; Heirs of Hippocrates 1297; Waller 890; Wellcome II, p 315; Notable medical books from the Lilly Library, p.165. - FIRST EDITION of this important work by Bell, with among the most detailed illustrations of their type to date. Bell studied the brain and the nervous system throughout his life and discovered the two distinct types of nerves, sensory and motor. "In this work Bell displays both his descriptive and artistic capabilities. The twelve aquatint plates (eleven of them hand-colored) were engraved by Thomas Medland after Bell's own drawings and constitute what is probably Bell's most beautiful work on neuroanatomy and one of the most beautifully illustrated in the entire literature" (Heirs of Hippocrates 1297). "The anatomical work of Bell was the most important in the British Isles during the early part of the 19th century" (Garrison-Morton). - Visit our website to see more images!
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