TOYNBEE, Joseph.

A Descriptive Catalogue of preparations illustrative of the Diseases of the Ear, in the museum of…

London: John Churchill…1857

8vo, pp. xvi, 127, (1), ‘Postscript’ slip at end. Half-title. Two lightly inked library stamps at top of title and 5 other pages. Original brown cloth (rebacked preserving the original backstrip except for the top), endpapers replaced. Inscribed “From the Author” on the half-title. Bookplate of Richard J. Bennett.

FIRST EDITION. “This catalogue was the first systematic compilation and analysis of clinical symptoms and signs of ear disease. The contents of this ‘museum’ became the basis for rational care of ear disease. Many students, including Adam Politzer, went to London to study and learn from this unique — for its time — and invaluable resource” (Ruben). Toynbee collaborated in its compilation with James Hinton, his assistant and successor. On Toynbee's death the collection was given to the Hunterian Museum, but it was destroyed in the Second World War. Robert J. Ruben, Hear! Hear! Six centuries of otology (2002), 67.


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