Publisher Information: London: J. Johnson, 1771.
First Scientific Study of the Teeth
HUNTER, John (1728-93). A natural history of the human teeth: Explaining their structure, use, formation, growth & diseases. , 128pp. 16 copperplates, each with printed explanation leaf. London: J. Johnson, 1771. Bound with: A practical treatise on the diseases of the teeth intended as a supplement to the natural history of those parts. , iv, 128 pp. London: J. Johnson, 1778. Together 2 vols. in 1, 4to. 257 x 206 mm. Tree calf c. 1778, rubbed, rebacked, retaining original spine. Library stamp partially removed from title page of first work. Almost unnoticable pinpoint wormholes in lower margin, but very good copies, with excellent impressions of the plates.
First Edition of both works. Garrison-Morton 3675-76. Hunter was the first to study the teeth in a scientific manner, and the first to recommend complete removal of the pulp in filling them. "This classical work revolutionized the practice of dentistry, and provided a basis for later dental research. Hunter introduced the classes cuspids, bicuspids, molars and incisors; he also devised appliances for the correction of malocclusion. In part 2 of the above work he included instructions with regard to the operation of tooth transplantation" (G-M).
The first edition of the Natural History is rare, especially when bound with the Practical Treatise. Wellcome III, p. 317. Waller 10650 (Natural History only). Hoffmann-Axthelm, Hist or of Dentistry, pp. 219-22. Book Id: 22282