(Paris: Bechet, 1822). 450 x 295 mm. (17 5/8 x 11 5/8"). x, 80 pp.,  leaf. FIRST EDITION.
19th century marbled boards backed with olive brown polished calf, flat spine, gilt-ruled panels, gilt titling, edges untrimmed. With lithographed portrait and 79 FINE COPPER-ENGRAVED PLATES (numbered 1-80, one folding plate numbered 27 and 28), as called for, all with original tissue guards. Heirs of Hippocrates 759; Wellcome IV, 91; Waller 6375. Spine a little sunned and stained, extremities lightly rubbed, first third of plates with light dampstain to lower fore-edge corner (well away from images), occasional mild foxing to borders, last couple of quires a bit foxed, isolated small rust spots, otherwise A FINE, UNTRIMMED COPY, clean and fresh internally with bright plates, in a sound binding.
This extensively illustrated monograph on obstetrics is praised by Waller for its "splendid illustrations, executed with the utmost accuracy." "Heirs" observes that these plates "cover virtually every phase of childbirth including pelvic deformities, pelvimetry, transverse presentations, Caesarean section, the use of forceps, and even a section on infant feeding and lactation." There is also a demure depiction of a doctor's discreet "touch only" examination of a standing, clothed woman. The work is divided into six parts: 1) Anatomy; 2) Physiology; 3) Pregnancy; 4) The Fetus and its related organs; 5) Delivery; and 6) Post-delivery. Jacques-Pierre Maygrier (1771-1835) is considered one of the best obstetricians of the 19th century. After beginning his career as a naval surgeon, he went to Paris to study with Ambrose du Bois, the doctor who attended Marie Louise at the birth of Napoleon's son and heir. Maygrier practiced at Cochin hospital and at the Hotel-Dieu. He taught courses in anatomy and physiology, and succeeded Jean-Louis Baudelocque as Chair of the department of obstetrics at the Maternité de Port Royal, the first specialized medical chair in France. (ST14542)
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PJP Catalog: RBMS18.019