Publisher Information: Richmond: Ayres & Wade, 1863.
[Moore, Samuel Preston (1813-89).] A manual of military surgery. Prepared for the use of the Confederate States Army . . . by order of the Surgeon-General. iv, 297pp. 30 lithographed plates. Richmond: Ayres & Ward, 1863. 177 x 118 mm. Quarter cloth, marbled limp boards ca. 1863, some rubbing and wear, corners of front cover creased, but overall sound. Some foxing and toning as usual, but very good. Signatures and ownership stamps of Edward S. Ruggles, a major in the Confederate States Army who served as Chief of Ordnance and Artillery at Port Hudson, Louisiana. Bookplate.
Only Edition of the most substantial medical text issued by the Surgeon General’s Office of the Confederate States Army, and the only extensively illustrated Confederate surgical manual. According to the preface, the book was “confined to those affections most intimately connected with gun-shot wounds and operations, as Shock, Tetanus, Hospital Gangrene, Pyaemia, &c.” (p. iii – iv). The thirty lithographed plates illustrate procedures for the numerous types of arterial ligations, amputations, resections and other operations required of the battlefield surgeon, and the text summarizes a great deal of technical data in a small, portable format. As with many Confederate imprints, this book is quite rare on the market.
This copy was once owned by an officer in the Confederate States Army, Major Edward S. Ruggles, who served as Chief of Ordnance and Artillery at Port Hudson, Louisiana. Ruggles was most likely present at the Siege of Port Hudson (22 May – 9 July 1863), the final engagement in the Union Army’s campaign to recapture the Mississippi River. Crandall, Confederate Imprints, 1057. Garrison-Morton.com 7736.Book Id: 46756