A Sett of Anatomical Tables With Explanations, and an Abridgement, of the Practice of Midwifery, With a View to Illustrate a Treatise on That Subject, and Collection of Cases.

Smellie, William.

Published by W. B. Saunders Company [No date, circa 1968], 1968
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18" x 12". Three quarter calf with gilt spine lettering, marbled boards, top edge gilt. Fine condition, in the publisher's slipcase. A facsimile of this a classic work of anatomy. With many full page illustrations of the fetus in utero, many showing obstetrical instruments reproduced from engravings. A landmark obstetrical atlas, originally published in 1754. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: A Sett of Anatomical Tables With ...
Publisher: W. B. Saunders Company [No date, circa 1968]
Publication Date: 1968
Binding: Hardback

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SMELLIE, William
Published by D. Wilson, London (1754)
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Book Description D. Wilson, London, 1754. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Large Folio. Large folio (552 x 375 mm). [2] leaves (title and preface) and 39 engraved plates, each with a letterpress explanation, by Grignion after Jan van Rymsdyk, Pieter Camper, and the author. Errata on final leaf. Contemporary sheep backed boards, metal clasp (spine repaired, boards heavily rubbed, extremities worn). Text and plates with light browning and little spotting throughout, light marginal dampstaining to 6 plates, closed tear in one plate, endpapers creased. Provenance: P. Manning (pencil incription to title-page). Still a very good, wide-margined copy. ---- Norman 1955; Grolier Medicine 43B; Heirs of Hippocrates 826, NLM/Blake, p.420; Russell 753 (recording more than 14 editions); Waller 9012; Garrison-Morton 6154.1. - RARE FIRST EDITION, 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). "Not until Smellie (1754) and William Hunter (1774) published their monumental volumes do we actually find illustrations of the foetus in utero which were really observed and faultlessly reproduced from an anatomic point of view" (Choulant-Frank, pp. 75, 284). The life-size pastel drawings Rymsdyk made for Smellie were far superior in accuracy to any that had appeared previously. William Hunter bought them at the posthumous sale of Smellie's collection in 1770, and they are now part of the Hunterian Collection at the University of Glasgow. Bookseller Inventory # 002547

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