6 December 2004
SMELLIE, William. A Sett of Anatomical Tables, with Explanations, and an Abridgement, of the Practice of Midwifery. London: D. Wilson, 1754.
Broadsheets (548 x 362 mm). 39 engraved plates by Grignion after Jan van Rymsdyk and Pieter Camper (some offsetting between plates and text, some occasional spotting and light soiling.) (Title with some marginal staining.) Modern half calf preserving original boards (repairs to endpapers). Provenance: William Bond (gift inscription on front free endpaper: "Wm Bond the Gift of Mr. Hales 1817)."
FIRST EDITION, rare, presumably issued in only 100 copies. "Smellie was the leading forceps practitioner in London, and several of the plates illustrate the use of this instrument in various presentations of the fetus. These engravings are the first accurate anatomical illustrations of the fetus in utero" (Norman). Garrison-Morton 6154.1; Grolier Medicine 43B; Heirs of Hippocrates 826; NLM/Blake, p.420; Norman 1955; Russell 753; Waller 9012.
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