London, South Kensington
15 October 2009
BARONIO, Giuseppe (1759-1811). Degli innesti animali. Milan: Stamperia e Fonderia del Genio, 1804. 8° (240 x 155mm). Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait by F. Bordiga, and 2 engraved plates, one folding. (Stains in a few inside margins from old tape repairs, frontispiece lightly browned, occasional light soiling.) Contemporary patterned paper boards (extremities rubbed, short tear at spine foot). Provenance: C.E. Rappaport of Rome (bookseller's ticket) -- sold by a charitable trust.
FIRST EDITION. Baronio's early skin grafts on sheep are among the first closely controlled medical experiments using animals, and constitute 'the first purely scientific research in the history of plastic surgery' (Garrison-Morton). Along with John Hunter's transplant investigations in the 1770s, Baronio's work formed the background for Dieffenbach's early investigations into transplantation and regeneration, and the first successful human skin graft in 1817. Garrison-Morton 5736; Waller 686; Wellcome II, p.103.
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