9 February 2000
[DIEFFENBACH, Johann Friedrich (1795-1847)]. BUSHNAN, John Stevenson. Surgical Observations on the Restoration of the Nose; and on the Removal of Polypi and other Tumours from the Nostrils; From the German of Dr Dieffenbach of Berlin. With the History and Physiology of Rhinoplastic Operations, Notes and Additional Cases. London: S. Highley, 1833.
8o (225 x 142 mm). 26 stipple-engraved plates, half-title (repair to horizontal tear the width of title, not affecting text). Original cloth-backed boards (rebacked, preserving fragments of original spine label, slightly soiled); uncut; quarter morocco case. Provenance: J.M. Armsby (ownership inscription on half-title).
FIRST EDITION in English of the section on rhinoplasty from Dieffenbach's Chirurgische Erfahrungen (Berlin, 1829-1834), with additional cases and a highly important, heavily documented 47pp history of rhinoplastic operations. THE RAREST BOOK ON PLASTIC SURGERY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE after Carpue's work of 1816, by one of the greatest geniuses in the history of plastic surgery. Garrison-Morton-Norman 5743 (note); Wellcome II 466.
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