CARPUE, Joseph Constantine (1764-1846). An Account of Two Successful Operations for Restoring a Lost Nose. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1816.
4o (263 x 205 mm). 5 stipple-engraved plates, mostly color printed, by Charles Turner (1774-1846). (Lacks half-title.) Modern half calf antique, preserving contemporary marbled boards; morocco folding case.
EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE GREATEST CLASSIC IN THE HISTORY OF PLASTIC SURGERY AFTER TAGLIACOZZI. Carpue's important work, which revived the Hindu method of rhinoplasty, describes two successful cases and is the first book on artificial nose-making after Tagliacozzi. "Carpue's An Account of Two Successful Operations for Restoring a Lost Nose... represents more than any other book the beginning of modern plastic surgery. Tagliacozzi's treatise on making a nose from an arm flap, De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem (Venice, 1597), was an outstanding work, but the world was not ready for it. The condemnation of Tagliacozzi's operation by religious authorities resulted in almost complete cessation of its practice. Reconstructive surgery subsided into two more centuries of deep sleep" (McDowell, p. ix, foreword to An Account ...).
Garrison-Morton-Norman 5737; Gnudi-Webster, pp. 315-16 and 308-20; McDowell, Source Book of Plastic Surgery (1977), pp. 89-101; McDowell, contributor, An Account ... (Birmingham: Classics of Medicine Library, 1981); Waller 1781; Wellcome II, 304; Zeis-Patterson 509.