Memoire et rapports sur les fumigations sulfureuse. . .au traitement des affections cutanees. J. C. Gales.

Memoire et rapports sur les fumigations sulfureuse. . .au traitement des affections cutanees

Publisher Information: Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1816.

Galès, Jean-Chrysanthe (1783-1845). Mémoire et rapports sur les fumigations sulfureuses appliquées au traitement des affections cutanées et de plusieurs autres maladies. 8vo. [4] 137 [1], 3 [1]pp. 7 hand-colored and 3 uncolored engraved plates, on blue paper. Paris: de l'Imprimerie Royale; chez l'auteur, 1816. 200 x 123 mm. In a beautiful binding, probably for presentation, of straight-grain morocco, gilt circa 1816, all edges gilt, rubbed at hinges, corners & extremities, spine a little faded. Some foxing, but very good.

First Edition, First Issue, Variant with Hand-Colored Plates not noted in Ehring. Galès developed a method of treating scabies and other generalized skin disorders by means of fumigation with sulfur vapors. Galès is best remembered for his infamous "rediscovery" of the scabies mite in 1812; the supposed acarus, which he claimed to have found in the scabies vesicle (an incorrect location), was actually a common cheese mite, artfully placed in the vesicle by Galès himself (see Crissey & Parish, pp. 61-68).

There appear to be two versions of the first edition of the Mémoire recorded in OCLC and the printed sources: one with 137 pages and either 7 or 8 plates illustrating various cases; and one with 4 additional pages and 11 plates, the additional plates showing the fumigating apparatus. Ehring makes no mention of copies with colored plates and uses a black-and-white engraving from the second edition of 1824 to illustrate his commentary on Galès's work. Given Ehring's focus on illustrations of skin diseases, it is virtually certain that Ehring would have cited and illustrated the colored-plate variant had he known of it. Ehring, Skin Diseases, pp. 122-23 (describing a copy with 137pp. and 11 plates, which may be an error). Waller 3398 (copy with 137pp. & 8 plates).

Book Id: 35721

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