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Carswell's Pathological Anatomy 1838  

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Pathological Anatomy. Illustrations of the Elementary Forms of Disease.

Carswell, Robert


Printed for the Author



Text unpaginated. 48 hand-colored lithograph plates by and after Carswell. (Folio) 35.5x26 cm (14x10¼") modern black half morocco and green cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt. First Edition in Book Form.

"One of the finest pathological atlases ever produced." (Heirs of Hippocrates). Carswell, professor of pathological anatomy and curator of the medical museum at the University of London (later UCL), was commissioned by the University to prepare a series of pathological drawings, which he did between 1828 and 1831, executing some 2,000 watercolors. From these were selected the illustrations for Pathological Anatomy: 'The beautiful hand-colored lithographed plates ... include good representations of post-mortem digestion of the stomach, cirrhosis of the liver, dry gangrene of the toes, endocarditis, and tuberculosis of the lungs and intestine' (Norman); these plates also include 'the first illustration (in color) "of the brain in general paralysis of the insane"' (R. Hunter and I. MacAlpine, Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry, 1535-1860, London: Oxford University Press, 1963, p. 784). The work was originally issued in 12 fascicules between January 1833 and January 1838, and it was then issued in book form, in an edition which probably did not exceed 300 copies. The work's importance was swiftly recognized, and it remained esteemed throughout the century, as J.F. Payne's opinion of 1886 demonstrates: 'These illustrations have, for artistic merit and for fidelity, never been surpassed, while the matter represents the highest point which the science of morbid anatomy had reached before the introduction of the microscope' (DNB). Garrison-Morton 2291; Heirs of Hippocrates 1501; Norman 408; Osler 2250

Lot Amendments

Some light browning and occasional spotting, some offsetting or smudging of color, light dampstaining, neat marginal repair to one text leaf and 2 plates, 'Carcinoma' plates I and II bound in reverse order; very good in a fine modern binding.

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