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BURTON, John (1697-1771). An Essay towards a Complete new System of Midwifery... London: James Hodges, 1751.
8o (196 x 120 mm). 18 engraved plates (17 folding) by George Stubbs (light browning.) Contemporary calf (light rubbing to spine and edges, upper cover almost detached). Provenance: Ex bibliotheca Acad. Georgiae Augustae (library stamp on verso of title); Niederschsische Staats- und Universitts-Bibliothek, Gttingen (release stamp on verso of title page).
FIRST EDITION. Burton was the first to suggest that puerperal fever is contagious and one of the first to give a detailed discussion of caesarean section. Sterne satirized him as "Dr. Slop" in Tristram Shandy. THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE THE FIRST PUBLISHED PRINTS BY THE ANIMAL PAINTER GEORGE STUBBS (see lot 812). Garrison-Morton 6268; Waller 1667; Wellcome II, p. 277; Norman 380.
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