Observations on Aneurism, and some diseases of the arterial system.
Birmingham: Printed by Knott & Lloyd… 1807.1807
4to, pp. viii, 116, and 5 engraved plates (4 hand-coloured) by Eginton from drawings by Hodgson, 1 small woodcut on p. 112. Lacking the half-title. Old library stamp on each plate, tear in blank area of plate 3 neatly repaired, light foxing on the first three leaves, a few spots at the end. Good modern half calf antique.
SOLE EDITION. A very rare, important, and practically unknown work, with engraved plates from drawings by Freer’s apprentice at Birmingham, Joseph Hodgson, whose illustrations for his own work on the same subject published in 1815 (in which he described “Hodgson’s disease”) are described as the best illustrations of aneurysms published to date. Freer gives a valuable account of the diseases of the arteries, and describes in detail the case of J. M’Donald on whom Freer operated for a large aneurysm of the femoral artery. Freer had not seen Scarpa’s classic work on aneurysm (1804) when he claimed in this book that his ligation of the iliac artery in that case was “the first case on record, wherein this operation completely succeeded” (p. 79).