GERAUDLY, [Claude Jaquier de].
L’Art de Conserver les Dents. Ouvrage utile & nécessaire, non seulement aux jeunes gens qui se destinent à la profession de chirurgien-dentiste, mais encore à toutes les personnes qui veulent avoir les dents belles & nettes.
A Paris: Chez P.G. Le Mercier,... .1737
Small 8vo, pp. xi, (i), 161, (7). Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked preserving the original backstrip, spine gilt, new brown morocco label, original marbled endpapers, very good copy. Early inscription on the title, later bookplate on front pastedown.
FIRST EDITION, variant issue without the author in the imprint. Geraudly published this, the first important French book on dentistry after Fauchard, at a time when French dental books were “some of the most remarkable and finest dental literature that we posses” (Weinberger, p. 312). “Fr. A. Geraudly, a French dentist, wrote (1737) an excellent treatise on dental maladies and on the mode of preserving the teeth. His book...contributed to the diffusion of dental knowledge relative to dental prophylaxis and therapeutics, but apart from this brought no increment to the progress of practical dentistry. Some of the ideas of the author, however, merit consideration...” (Guerini, pp. 302–303). The Wellcome copy (III, p. 108) mentions the author in the imprint. See also Weinberger p. 313 and Hoffmann-Axthelm p. 207. Despite the simple make-up of the preliminaries, the title of this copy is clearly conjugate with the blank leaf before it (not included in the pagination given above).