9 February 2000
BELL, John (1763-1820). The Principles of Surgery. Edinburgh: for T. Cadell & W. Davies; T.N. Longman & O. Rees, and others, 1801 (Vol. I); London: Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme; T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1806-1808 [Vols. II-III].
3 volumes in 4. 4o (302 x 245mm). Half-titles in Vols. II.1, II.2 and III, 87 engraved plates (including 2 folding and 12 hand-colored), numerous stipple-engraved text illustrations (offsetting to text from many plates, many plates and text pages quite foxed or browned, some marginal finger soiling, 3-inch tear repaired on 3P2 in vol. 2, touching a few letters). Modern quarter terracotta morocco, marbled boards; uncut. Provenance: Newcastle Infirmary Library (ink stamp on title-pages and last leaves of text); King's College Library, Newcastle (Vol. III, discard stamp on title-page).
FIRST EDITION. "From 1786-1799 John Bell (Charles Bell's elder brother) was Scotland's premier teacher of surgical anatomy, and his anatomical writings and illustrations were geared to the needs of the surgeon" (Norman). Garrison-Morton-Norman 5581; Norman 177; Wellcome II, 135. (4)
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