12 June 2008
SHAW, John (1776-1832). Engravings, Illustrative of a Work on the Nature and Treatment of the Distortions to which the Spine and the Bones of the Chest are Subject. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1824.
Broadsheets (558 x 389 mm). Half-title. 7 engraved plates and 6 engravings mounted in text, by Thomas Landseer (plates 1 and 2 with long tears repaired on verso, some staining). (H1 with repaired tear.) Original boards (rebacked, a bit soiled, repairs to endpapers). Provenance: Charing Cross Hospital Medical School Library (stamp on front free endpaper and title).
FIRST EDITION of this scarce atlas volume which illustrated Shaw's text volume of 1823. At the age of 15, Shaw was sent to London to be a pupil of Charles Bell, who became his brother-in-law. He acted as superintendent of the dissecting room at the Great Windmill Street School. The greater part of the experiments which lead to Bell's discoveries on the nervous system were perfomed by Shaw and he also took a large share in the work of forming Bell's anatomical museum. This work is "of considerable merit, and is quoted at the present day as an authority on orthopaedic surgery" (DNB). Not in Garrison-Morton, Osler, Waller, Wellcome.
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