Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1890. Hardcover. A detailed account of the construction of Johns Hopkins Hospital illustrated with 56 plates. The plates include photographic illustrations of interiors and exteriors (including pipes and boiler rooms), floor plans of each building, and sectional views. The text reprints the addresses given at the opening of the hospital and includes a discussion of the grounds, building arrangement, and plan preparation, as well as a statement about each building and its systems: heating, water, sewage, lighting, telephones, clocks, administration building, kitchen building, nurses' home, amphitheater, bath house, isolating ward, octagon ward, dispensary, etc. Bound in three quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. While a beautiful production, this book is unfortunately dampstained along the edge of the text-block, which affects about a quarter of each page. Some pages have visible dampstaining and some are just rippled. Luckily, the margins are quite wide and the staining remains in the margins of most pages. The edges of the boards are dampstained as well and the marbled paper is chipped along the edges. The leather covering the spine is heavily worn and chipped. The front hinge is cracked and the front cover is nearly detached. The covers are rubbed and worn. Full marbled edges and marbled endpapers. A scarce title, this is still a good reading / reference copy despite the noted damage. Size: Folio. 116 pages of text plus 56 plates. MED/111419. Good.
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London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd, 1928. Hardcover. General Series No. 141. Inscribed by the author "Prof T.M. Lowry from W.R.B." on the front free endpage. Thomas Martin Lowry (1874 - 1936) was an English physical chemist who developed the Bronsted-Lowry acid theory and was a founding member and president of the Faraday Society. He published a few hundred papers and several books. Red cloth spine with beige paper covered boards. Beige paper title label with red title to spine. Darkening and a few small chips to spine label. Browning and rubbing to covers and spine. Foxing to endpages and a few spots of foxing to interior pages. Previous owner's signature in pencil to front endpage. 132 pages plus 1 pages of ads. PSYCH/080912. Very Good.
London: J. & A. Churchill, 1884. Hardcover. Fifth edition of this popular parenting guide. Bound in three quarter black leather with black cloth boards. Red title label to spine. Slight scuffing to cloth and small nick in upper right leather corner. Interior pages bright and clean. Very good condition. 4 x 6.5 inches. 256 pages. EDU/022421. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1909. Hardcover. Thick 8vo. Dark olive green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bumping to edges and corners. Light damp stain to bottom corner of text block. Else is clean and bright with 195 illustrations in the text and 5 colored plates. This is a heavy book and may require extra shipping charges if shipping priority or international. Index, 1205 pages. MED/101717. Very Good.
New York: Macmillan Company, 1898. Hardcover. Collins (1866-1950) was an American neurologist and founder of the New York Neurological Institute. Very good in red cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine. Illustrated with 20 figures. Red "gift" stamp to rear endpage; otherwise, the interior is very clean. 432 pages with appendices. Very Good.
Basel: Benno Schwabe & Co., 1961. Paperback. Heinrich Bircher was a surgeon, demographer, and military doctor. Very good in original tan paper wrappers with black title to front cover. In German. Includes frontispiece, diagrams, and illustrations. Stamp on front free endpage from previous book store. 88 pages. In German. GER/2153. Very Good.
Maureen Cummins, 2016. Hardcover. Number 34 of 40 copies. Signed the artist. In this powerful work, noted book artist Maureen Cummins investigates the dark side of the history of psychosurgery, as exemplified by the career of Doctor Walter Freeman (1895-1972), a professor of neurology who became known as the father of lobotomy by single-handedly popularizing the pre-frontal lobotomy in America. Although he had no formal training in either surgery or psychology, Freeman modified the traditional procedure for lobotomies by driving ice picks through his patients’ eye sockets rather than drilling into the skull to sever nerve connections in the prefrontal cortex to treat mental illness. Despite his championing of his procedure he admitted that lobotomies often created childlike behavior or a vegetative state in patients. Hundreds of patients died. The controversial procedure also raised numerous questions about patients’ rights, the abuse of institutional power, and the disproportionate targeting of women. Of the more than 3000 patients that Freeman operated on, two-thirds were women. Cummins uses physical rape as an analogy for neurological penetration, a form of sexualized violence that was perpetuated for decades in the name of medical progress. She visualizes this by a series of laser cut holes that bore through each page, becoming smaller page by page.The holes penetrate reproduced images of lobotomy patients’ heads and on the last page the title “The Rapist” becomes “Therapist?” The images of women are from 'before-and-after” photos used in Freeman’s textbook, which are re-contextualized, with lines of typography serving as blindfolds, reclaiming for these women a measure of dignity, humanity, and anonymity. The pages of the book are laser-cut aluminum with silkscreen-printed text and imagery. The covers are also laser-cut aluminum with a large hole that reveals the subsequent holes and "The" and "rapist" on either side of the cover's hole. The pages are attached to the cover by two ring binders. Housed in an aluminum box with a metal title label affixed to the top. In fine condition. 16 pages. 24” x 9” x 1” open 12” x 9” x 1 closed. ARTISTSB/100419. Fine.
London: Johannis Clarke, 1742. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. IN LATIN. Frank Nicholls (1699 - 1778) lectured at Oxford on rarely taught minute anatomy including the structure of blood vessles. This is a later edition in a modern binding. The first was issued in 1738. It includes a summary of anatomy, physiology, morbid anatomy, pharmacology, and midwifery. Bound in brown cloth backed green paper covered boards and gilt title to spine. Minor scuffing to boards. Large open tear to title page along with a few small holes. Illustrated with six plates out of seven. Plate 3 is missing. The first three pages and the last page of this book are soiled, though the text remains bright and legible. There are two dark colored stains on the last page which have bled through to several previous pages. The stains are fairly dark, but the text remains legible on all pages. The remainder of the interior is foxed rather consistently, but the foxing is very light in color. Tight binding. MED/051005. Very Good.
New York and London: Plenum Press, 1980. Hardcover. Belonged to microbiologist Daniel Nathans and is signed by him. Very good+ black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light bumping to spine ends. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations and diagrams throughout. In black dust jacket with white title to spine panel. Minor edgewear to dust jacket includes minor creasing and chipping. Index, 620 pages. Medical. MED/9192. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.
Basel: S. Karger, 1952. Hardcover. Very good very thick 8vo., blue cloth boards w/faded spine, gilt titling. Interior bright and clean w/no foxing. Binding nice and tight except for crack between title page and subsequent page. Polyglot text in English, French, and German. Many diagrams, charts, graphs, etc. 1143 pp. Medicine. MED/5023. Very Good.
Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, (1971). Softcover. Very good in blue and white illustrated paper wrappers with white title to front and spine panels. Minor yellowing, rubbing, and creasing to wrappers and laminate on wrappers is peeling off. Light highlighting on several pages. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 115 pages. MED/092117. Very Good.
London: E.T. Brain & Co., n.d. [c. 1852]. Hardcover. Second edition of this comprehensive compendium of medical and health information. In addition to covering everything from "abscess" to "zinc," the work includes an account of medicines in common use and a complete treatise on diet. Included are several full page plates illustrating various bone fractures, and the appearance of certain ailments such as dropsy, scrofula, and chicken pox. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, rubbed, and bumped. Paper covers are abraded, chipped, and worn. Spine labels with titling. Hinges are cracked but text blocks are holding tight. Scattered browning and spots throughout. Still a nice copy of this rather uncommon book. Measures 5 x 8.5 inches. 1079 pages [continuous pagination] plus errata, list of plates, and preface to second edition. MEDICINE/101821. very Good.
Paris: Goujon fils, An X, . Hardcover. First Edition of this famous work. Jean Itard (1774-1838) was a French doctor who was known as an educator of deaf-mutes. He tried to test his educational theories in the celebrated case of Victor - The Wild Boy - of Aveyron. The boy was found in the woods in a feral state and was believed to have lived there for years. Itard worked to make the boy “normal,” but failed. In this first report Itard was optimistic about the feral child’s prospects for language acquisition and socialization. In his 1807 second report his conclusions were much more pessimistic, as even after a number of years of intensive education the boy had been unable to learn to speak. Itard’s methods, described in his two reports, were based upon the philosopher Condillac’s analytical approach to the acquisition of knowledge, which had been used with success in the teaching of deaf-mutes. However, Itard created a new system of pedagogy in adapting this approach to the needs of this extraordinary boy. [Haskell Norman Catalog 1144]. A small octavo bound in modern marbled brown paper covered boards with gilt-stamped spine. Lacking the frontispiece portrait of the “Wild Boy” and trimmed a bit closely at the top margin, otherwise very good with minor foxing. With two minor early corrections to pages 45-46 and an early marginal ink comment to page 7. Signed as usual by Itard and Goujon on the verso of the title page to prevent piracy. 100 pages. Very Good.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1988. Hardcover. A brief history of Hopkins University with a spotlight on several important doctors and contributors. Gift bookplate to front pastedown. Thin 4to. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Clean and bright. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Housed in a blue cloth covered slipcase. Minor wear and rubbing to edges and panels of slipcase. 36 pages. BALT/042121. Fine / Fine.
München: Druck und Verlag Carl Kuhn, 1910. Paperback. Facsimile reprint of the first known edition of this book on obstetrics from 1500. Bound in brown paper wrappers with black title to edge of spine. Covers and spine are browned and chipped. Browning to end papers. Several signatures are loose. Approximately 50 pages. GER/022099. Very Good.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Viewpoint Editions, 2015. Number 2 of 10 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This handsome and intriguing work is from well-known artist Dorothy "Dot" Krause. In her artist's statement she describes her work: "My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. My art-making is an integrated mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue - a visible means of exploring meaning. " "PreScribe" exemplifies her artistic philosophy. This work perhaps offers a statement on the medical and pharmaceutical professions and also the impact of opioid drugs in our current society. As Dot states on the title page, Prescribe "is from the Latin prae +scribere to write previously, to recommend, advise, authorize or order the use of a drug or other remedy." In this portfolio, images are printed on pages from a prescription ledger kept by a pharmacy in the late 1800’s and housed in a black paper over boards box covered with prescription images and lined with red handmade paper. The imagery is taken from work that was produced during an Artist-in-Residency at Harvard’s Countway Library, one of the world’s leading collections of medical history. Photographs of their anatomical specimens, medical artifacts, rare books and manuscripts are incorporated. The processes include prints onto the ledger pages using Pronto, Toray and Solar intaglio and planographic plates and Gocco screens. The title page, introduction and colophon are letterpress printed on Rives BFK tan. The font used for the title is “Ambulance Shotgun” by Guillaume Seguin. Completed at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, Florida. The book measures 11.5 x 17.25 inches and is housed in a box 12 x 18” inches. 9 pages + title/introduction and colophon. In fine condition. Fine.
Barcelona: Printed at The Folio Club for Sandra March, 2014. Hardcover. Number 83 of 100 copies signed and numbered by Sandra March. Text in Spanish, Catalan, and English. March is a talented young book and installation artist. With this work she draws a metaphorical, graphic, and auditory journey captured by words, illustrations, and sound. Thus the contents comprise the book, two posters, and a CD. She writes that this project has a scientific basis with a therapeutic and artistic impulse, starting on a subconscious level after losing both her sister and her father from heart diseases. The journey goes from a symbolic loss of the heart until its restoration, through a tour of the beautiful and varied morphology of the cardiac systems of thirty-one different animals and the sounds of their heartbeats. The heartbeat sounds are from a jellyfish, starfish, black widow spider, giant tortoise, Nile crocodile, frog, parakeet, and human being among many others There were a number of contributors to this project, including the biologist Francesc Uribe Porta, sound engineer Vicente Rosati, and illustrator Raquel Bullon. Bound in a white cardboard CD case, with posters attached to the back cover by a pink elastic band and CD held on the middle fold of the case. In fine condition. 58 pages. PRI/042715. Fine.
Chicago: Surgical Publishing Company of Chicago, 1927. Hardcover. 4to. Thick dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Bump to front bottom corner, minor rubbing to hinges and spine. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean, tight and bright. Filled with illustrations throughout. 868 pages. Medicine. MED/5103. This is a heavy book and may require extra shipping. Very Good.
New York: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1901. Hardcover. Very good in original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Browning, light wear, and stain to spine. The interior rear hinge has been repaired with green binders tape. Light browing to margins, else clean interior. Small closed tear to foredge of page 167. Leonard Carmichael's copy (1898 - 1973) with his ownership signature in pencil to front endpage. 361 pages. MED/110512. Very Good.