WILLIS, Robert.

Illustrations of Cutaneous Disease. A series of delineations of the affections of the skin in their more interesting and frequent forms…

London: Hippolytus Bailliere…1841

Folio, 4 preliminary leaves, 73 leaves of explanation variously paginated, and 94 lithographed plates, all but one hand-coloured from drawings after nature by Henning. List of plates bound after the first leaf of text. Spotting on first (uncoloured) plate and margins slightly browned (as usual), minor foxing on one or two plates, endpapers dust-soiled and a bit marked. Contemporary half calf, nicely rebacked and corners repaired. Sir George Murray Humphry’s copy, with a presentation label on the front pastedown from him [to Cambridge University], and small stamp of the Department of Pathology.

ONLY EDITION of this atlas, one of the largest and finest in the English literature of dermatology. G&M 7478. It was published in fascicules over a period of two years, and is now rare. It is not noticed by Pusey, Crissey & Parrish, or Goldschmid. Willis also published English translation of Rayer’s atlas of dermatology, which inspired him to produce the present book, as well as editions of William Harvey’s works and Gilbert’s De magnete. The earlier owner of this copy, Sir George Humphry (1820–1896), was a surgeon anatomist who wrote the important Treatise on the Human Skeleton (1858). “He was, primarily, a scientist and a collector, particularly of items for the museum of anatomy and surgical pathology [at Cambridge]” (ODNB).


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