9 February 2000
VELPEAU, Alfred Armand Louis Marie (1795-1867). Nouveaux lments de mdecine opratoire. Paris: Baillire, 1832.
4 volumes: 2 text volumes in 3, 8o (202 x 127 mm); 4o atlas volume (293 x 220 mm). 20 engraved plates (one folding), mostly engraved by Ambroise Tardieu (1788-1841) after drawings by Antoine Chazal (1793-1854). (Some pale spotting to plates, mostly marginal.) Contemporary French red quarter morocco gilt (text vols.) and contemporary French calf gilt (atlas).
Provenance: Philibert-Joseph Roux (1780-1854), famous colleague and pioneer in cleft palate repair (presentation inscription from the author on half-title in vol. 1, and presumably the recipient's occasional pencil notations in the margins).
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY TO PHILIBERT-JOSEPH ROUX, inscribed on the half-title: "A monsieur Roux Professeur de la Facult hommage de la'auteur." The most comprehensive and best illustrated French surgical treatise of the mid-nineteenth century. Velpeau included important sections on plastic operations, including important historical information and an original classification of the main plastic surgical procedures. The atlas contains fine copper-plates of surgical instruments and numerous surgical operations, including Velpeau's method of staphylorraphy. Velpeau is remembered eponymically for his description of Velpeau's hernia, a femoral hernia external to the great vessels, and for Velpeau's bandage, designed to support the arm in luxation or fracture of the clavicle. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY. Cushing V54 (English translation only); Garrison-Morton-Norman 5592; Heirs of Hippocrates 1525 (atlas to 2nd ed. only); Waller 9850 (2nd. ed. only). (4)
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