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WARDROP, James.


The Morbid Anatomy of the Human Eye. Illustrated by coloured plates. Second edition. London: John Churchill… 1834. 1834.

Price £ GBP 600.00

2 volumes, 8vo, 4 leaves, pp. (v)–xxxi, 175; (viii), 290, 1 leaf, and 18 fine stipple-engraved plates (16 hand-coloured). Half-titles. Original green cloth-backed boards, uncut edges. Some light foxing in vol. 2, corners slightly worn, otherwise a very good, clean set.

Second edition. The first book on the pathology of the eye, illustrated with some exquisite hand-coloured plates. This edition has three more plates than the first of 1808–18, but the text is unaltered, as there had been no additions to the knowledge of the subject in the intervening years. “ ‘Wardrop was the first to classify the various inflammations of the eye according to the structure attacked’ (Chance, p. 72). Inspired by the pathological anatomy of Bichat, Wardrop’s topographical description of ocular disease earned him the title ‘the first modern ophthalmologist’ from Duke-Elder…” (Becker). See G&M 5840; Becker catalogue 400; Gorin pp. 62 and 120; and Albert, Norton & Hurtes 2430.

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