Medical Essays and Observations being an abridgment of the useful medical papers, contained in the History and Memoirs of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris, from their re-establishment in 1699, to the year 1750, inclusive. Disposed under the following general heads… London: Printed by J. Knox… 1764. 1764.

Price £ GBP 1500.00

4 volumes, 8vo, 1 leaf, pp. xi, (i), 392; 1 leaf, pp. 400, (2); 4 leaves, pp. 395; 1 leaf, pp. 403, and 12 engraved plates (4 folding). Contemporary calf, red morocco labels on spines, slight wear to top of one spine but a lovely set. Armorial bookplates of the Earl of Lonsdale; small personal library stamp on verso of titles and on one or two other pages.

FIRST EDITION. A fine set of the rare abridged English translation of the medical papers in the Histoire et Mémoires of the Académie Royale des Sciences from 1699 to 1750. The Académie did not begin regular publication of its transactions until after its re-establishment in 1699 (the pre-1699 papers were not published until 1733 and were never translated). Among the important papers included in these translations are three by Alexis Littre (G&M 1215, 3418 and 3575) remembered eponymously by “Littre’s hernia”, etc, two by Pourfoir du Petit (G&M 764 and 1313, his discovery of the vasomotor nerves), and one by Poupart (G&M 977, “Poupart’s ligament”).

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