System of operative surgery. 2 vols. Charles Bell.

System of operative surgery. 2 vols.

Publisher Information: London: Longman, 1807-1809. 1st. Surgery Based on Anatomy Book Id: 14961

Bell, Charles (1774-1842). A system of operative surgery, founded on the basis of anatomy. 8vo. xxxii, 448; xxiv, 385, [1], [6]pp. (adverts.). 21 full-page plates engraved after Bell's drawings by J. Stewart; 93 engraved text figures after Bell. London: Longman. . . , 1807-09. 2 vols. 230 x 140 mm. Tree calf, gilt spines, c. 1809, rubbed. Foxing & browning. Good set. Signature of Rob[er]t Crowe c. 1809 on titles.

First Edition. Garrison-Morton 5583. The first English handbook of operative surgery founded on anatomy, and exceptionally rare in the original edition. Trained under his brother John, the founder of surgical anatomy, and already the author of a dissection manual (A System of Dissections, 1799-1801, G-M 402), Charles Bell was well placed to provide the first handbook of surgery based on anatomy. He published it at the same time that he was establishing himself in London, and it served as the foundation of his career as one of the greatest surgeons of the day. Bell's book is also notable for its over one hundred engravings based on his distinctive drawings. Zimmerman & Veith 410-13. Heirs of Hippocrates 782. Gordon-Taylor 7.


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