Ramsay, Robert and Coles, James Oakley. The mechanical treatment of deformities of the mouth, congenital and accidental. 8vo. 95 pp. Hand-colored lithographed plate. London: John Churchill and Sons, 1868. 209 x 132 mm. Later buckram, library shelfmark tooled at foot of spine. Endpapers a bit foxed, otherwise a very good copy. Embossed stamp of the Incorporated Dental Society on title and a few other leaves. Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title: "Annandale Esq. with the Authors' kind regards. October 1868."
First Edition. A treatise on the manufacture and use of artificial palates in the treatment of cleft palate, which the authors claimed to be the first to appear since Snell's Observations on the History, Use and Construction of Obduratuers, or Artificial Palates (1828). The first chapter deals with the origin and development of congenital cleft palate, and last two chapters contain case histories of both congenital and accidental palatal deformities. "The novelty in these instances does not consist so much in the general line of treatment adopted, as in the fact that where elastic rubber has been used it has been adapted in metallic moulds, made expressly for each case, to the outline of the deficiency which it was intended to supply; the facility with which this can be done being considerably increased since the first manufacture of elastic rubber in this country, about eighteen months since, so pure and so carefully prepared as to be suitable for dental purposes. Before this date we were dependent on America for our supply" (p. vi).
The recipient of this copy may have been the Scottish surgeon Thomas Annandale (1838-1907), who in 1877 succeeded Lister as regius professor of clinical surgery at the University of Edinburgh; see the DNB. Weinberger, Dental Bibliography, p. 114.Book Id: 38004