Paris: Adrien Delahaye, 1870.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003734
1870-1875. 6 volumes. 4to (237 x 170 mm). Each volume with half-title, title, woodcut text illustration and diagrams, and a total of 214 (of 214) albumen prints of photographs, each meauring ca. 12 x 9 cm and mounted on a thick sheet of printed paper. Seven of the albumen prints colored in hand. The plate- and text sheets all mounted on stubs. Some plates misnumbered or misbound. Upper edges cut and gilt, otherwise uncut (a few leaves crudely opened). Bound in contemporary uniform half sheepskin and marbled paper over boards, spines lettered in gilt and with paneled ruling in gilt, marbled endpapers (spine ends and extremities rubbed, occasional edge chipping of paper, some corners bumped and scuffed). Text and plates generally clean and bright with just a little age-toning and some minor foxing in places, occasional minor dust- and finger soiling, few sheets with short splits mostly along stubs; light water staining to outer blank margins of half-title and title of vol. 4 and upper margin of vols. 5 and 6, single worntrack (not affecting print area) at lower corner of ca. 30 sheets to the end of vol. 6. Provenance: Charles R. Raugel (signature on half-titles in vol. 3 and 4). Content: Vol. 1: 2è année (1870), , 256 pp. 32 plates (1 colored). Vol. 2: 3è année (1871), , 319  pp., 38 plates (2 colored). Vol. 3; 4è année (1872), , 420 pp., 36 plates (1 colored). Vol. 4: 5è année (1873), 255  pp., 36 plates (2 colored). Vol. 5: 6è année (1874), , 254,  pp., 36 plates, (1 colored), plates 34 and 35 on a single sheet. Vol. 6: 7è année (1875), , 187  pp., 36 plates, plates 10 and 11 on a single sheet. Collated and complete. ----
RARE FIRST EDITION OF A CONSECUTIVE RUN OF 6 (OF THE 8) VOLUMES PUBLISHED OF THE EARLIEST MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNAL KNOWN, lacking only the first and final volume. "Its stated aim was to bring together the 'most interesting cases' found in the hospitals of Paris and illustrate them with photography, a medium 'whose veracity', wrote Bourneville, 'is superior to all other genres of iconography.' The volumes of the journal are filled with photographs of medical monsters: men, women, and children suffering from extreme cases of myriad diseases." (A. Hustvedt, Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris, Norton & Co., 2011, p.162). The journal appeared from 1869 to 1876. Since the albumen print process does not allow good color reproduction, Montméja colored some of the images by hand from nature. The journal also contains several articles of the most respected masters of science, work on specialties in the micrograph and accessories sciences. It was also meant as an extension of an existing initiative in dermatology, Clinique photographique de l'hôpital de Paris founded in 1868 by Montméja and Hardy. Further Literature: Pujade Sicard & Wallach, pp. 16 et 106 ; Canguilhem, Le merveilleux scientifique, p. 46. - Visit our website to see more images!
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