AMAND, Pierre.

Nouvelles Observations sur la Pratique des Accouchemens, avec la maniere de se servier d’une nouvelle machine, tres-commode & facile, pour tirer promptement & surement, la tête de l’enfant, separée de son corps, & restée seule dans la matrice, sans se servir d’aucuns instrumens trenchans, ou piquans, qui puissent exposer la mere à aucun danger. Seconde edition. Corrigée & augmentée de la figure du tire-tête…

A Paris: Chez Laurent D’Houry… 1715

8vo, pp. (xvi), 246, 247*–256*, 247–430, engraved frontispiece portrait dated 1713 and 2 folding engraved plates dated 1715 all by de Rochefort. Leaves Qi–Qiii are unsigned. Paper very lightly browned. Contemporary red morocco, spine with raised bands and richly gilt in compartments (beautifully and almost undetectably restored or rebacked), brown morocco label, sides with triple gilt fillet and gilt corner pieces, inner gilt dentelles, gilt edges over marbling, marbled endpapers. With the arms of Henri François d’Aguesseau (1668–1751), Chancellor of France, on sides.

Second edition, in the year after the first, of a rare obstetric work derived largely from actual cases. The text is probably a reprint of the text of the first edition but with the addition of the two folding plates and the starred leaves, which include two letters from Dr. Isouard and the approbation of Dr. Verney. Amand (d. 1720) invented a device, which is illustrated in the two plates, in response to one particularly dreaded complication, that of extracting a head that had been separated from the foetus.


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