London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
MONRO, Alexander, secundus (1733-1817). A Description of all the Bursae Mucosae of the Human Body, Edinburgh: C. Elliot, T. Kat & Co and London: Charles Elliot, 1788. 2° (479 x 293mm). 10 engraved plates, of which 4 plates are cut in half, the second halves bound in at the end. (Spotted, mainly at beginning and end, long but clean tear to second half of plate V.) Contemporary sprinkled calf (quite rubbed and scuffed, tail of spine chipped, front joints cracked but firmly holding). Provenance: Christ Church, Oxford (bookplate) -- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
FIRST EDITION. "The first serious study of this subject and the most original anatomical work by the greatest of the Monro dynasty" (Garrison & Morton). Blake p. 309; Dawson 4786: "believed to be the first full anatomical description of the bursae"; Garrison & Morton 399.2; Wellcome IV, p. 156.
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