Traité d'anatomie pathologique générale et spéciale. 4 vols. (incomplete)

Publisher Information: Paris: J. B. Bailliere, 1857-61.

Lebert, H[ermann] (1813-78). Traité d’anatomie pathologique générale et spéciale. 4 vols., large folio. Text: [4], ii, 760; [4], 660 (of 733)pp.; lacking pp. 661-733 and the title-pages of the second and fourth volumes. Atlas: [2], 46pp., 94 mostly hand-colored copperplates numbered 1-94; [2], 44pp., 106 mostly hand-colored copperplates numbered 95-200. (All plates drawn from nature by P. Lackerbauer and engraved by various artists.) Paris: Baillière, 1857-61. 458 x 305 mm. Half morocco c. 1861, worn and rubbed, binding of second volume of atlas detached (needs rebinding). Some foxing, perforated library stamps on titles and some text and plate leaves. Sold as is.

Only Edition of one of the greatest and most magnificent of all pathological atlases, and Lebert’s greatest work. Lebert was among the first to use the microscope in pathological anatomy, thus paving the way for the development of cellular pathology, and his atlas includes several beautiful illustrations of microscopic structures in the human body. Lebert’s atlas can be compared with the masterpiece of Cruveilhier (1829-42) in format and in the beauty and accuracy of its illustrations. However, while Cruveilhier covered only special pathology, Lebert set about to cover both general and special pathology, which may explain why Lebert’s text is roughly twice the length of Cruveilhier’s. Furthermore, Lebert’s work was printed on paper of the highest quality, and copies such as the one we are offering remain in the finest clean and unfoxed condition, unlike copies of Cruveilhier’s atlas which are frequently found with considerable foxing and/or browning. Lebert was also able to have his illustrations reproduced as superb copperplate engravings, nearly all of which are beautifully hand-colored; they are among the finest illustrations of macro- and micropathology ever published.

Lebert’s Traité d’anatomie pathologique was originally published in fascicles between 1857 and 1861, each fascicle containing 30-40 pages of text and five plates. A prospectus for the work, issued when 28 of the fascicles had been published, states that the price of each fascicle was 15 francs and that the parts were issued every six weeks. The fascicles were sold by subscription.

Lebert, a native of Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), studied medicine and natural science in Berlin, Zurich, and in Paris, where his primary teachers were Guillaume Dupuytren and Pierre-Charles-Alexandre Louis. Much of his career was spent in Switzerland, at first in the town of Bex (canton of Vaud), and later in Zurich, where he held the post of professor of clinical medicine from 1853 to 1859. In 1859 Lebert was invited to succeed Friedrich Theodor Frerichs as professor of clinical medicine and director of the hospital at Breslau. In 1879 he returned to Bex where he spent the remainder of his life. Lebert was a noted 19th-century cancer researcher (see Wolff, Science of Cancerous Disease, numerous refs.), and one of the first to publish an atlas of pathological anatomy based on the cell theory (Physiologie pathologique [1845]; see Garrison-Morton 543.1). Garrison-Morton 2297.1. Goldschmid, Entwicklung und Bibliographie der pathologisch-anatomischen Abbildung (1925) 198-200, pl. 40-41, providing the only extensive description and modern reproduction of Lebert’s work, and commenting that Lebert’s illustrations of macro- and micropathology are equally excellent. Reynolds 2413. Not in Waller or Cushing. Not in Choulant/Frank.

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