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HUNTER, William (1718-1783). Anatomia uteri humani gravidi tabulis illustrata. The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus exhibited in Figures. Birmingham: John Baskerville, 1774.
Broadsheets (645 x 457 mm.) 34 engraved plates (some dampstaining, plate VIII with image slightly cropped along outer margin, a few others trimmed close). Modern half calf.
FIRST EDITION. "ONE OF THE FINEST ANATOMICAL ATLASES EVER TO BE PRODUCED" (Garrison-Morton). "This work ... contains life-sized figures which not only are anatomically accurate but are themselves works of art. Hunter spent more than twenty-five years preparing this atlas, employed artists to prepare the engravings at enormous expense to himself, and entrusted the printing of the work to John Baskerville, the greatest English printer of the 18th century. This monumental work is, indeed, one of the great publications of world medical literature as well as a classic of book production" (Heirs of Hippocrates). The Anatomia uteri humani was the largest book printed by John Baskerville. Choulant-Frank, pp. 296-297; Garrison-Morton 6157; Gaskell 53; Heirs of Hippocrates 942; Osler 3026; Waller 5004; Wellcome III, p. 319; Norman 1125.
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