PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ANITA PEEK GILGER, M.D.
Dr. Anita Peek Gilger (1920-2002) was an avid book collector who took great pride in her educational and professional achievements. She was a graduate of Vassar College (1940) and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1944) where she was the valedictorian of her class. Her professional life was spent in Cleveland, Ohio. She served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University as a Professor of Opthomology and practiced medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland as an Opthomologist. A pioneer in medical research on premature infants, Dr. Gilger, along with her research partner, discovered that exposing premature infants to excessive amounts of oxygen results in blindness.
Dr. Gilger began collecting botanical books in the 1950s as a natural extension of her intellectual pursuits and her appreciation of the natural world. She was a meticulous and thorough collector.
-- Melissa A.W. Stickney
Where known, Christie's has provided Dr. Gilger's purchase information in the provenance.