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Bell Principles of surgery 1815

Bell’s Principles of surgery, 1815, Volumes II - Part I, II - Part II, and III

The Principles of Surgery,As They Relate ToWounds, Ulcers, and Fistulas;Aneurysms and Wounded Arteries; Fractures of the Limbs; and the Duties of the Military and Hospital Surgeon.Also,A System of Surgical Operations,ContainingThe Principles of Surgery,As They Relate to Surgical Diseases and Operations.AndA Series of Cases,Calculated to Illustrate Chiefly the Doctrine of Tumours, and Other Irregular Parts of Surgery;And to Instruct the Young Surgeon How to Form His Prognostics, and to Plan His OperationsBy John Bell, SurgeonIn Three VolumesIllustrated by One Hundred Sixty PlatesLondon, 1815Volumes II - Part I, II - Part II, and IIIThree of four volumes (lacking Volume 1), measuring 11.5 x 9.5 inches, and uniformly bound in full brown calf bindings. Leather cracked and scuffed, predominately at edges, corners, and hinges (some secure, others cracking). Spines with wear and variable loss, somewhat inexpertly repaired at some point. Interiors are clean, bright, and tight with wide untrimmed margins. Copious plates, some folding (most folds remarkably intact). These surgical plates (mostly demonstrating stages of surgical dissection of morbid conditions) are far more aesthetically pleasing that most mere anatomical plates from the period. Contents are admirable and, dare I say, enviable compared to many other copies. Exteriors less so, and volume one is lacking. Prior 1855 Parisian owner’s signature on first fly leaves. Priced to move with all faults considered.John Bell was a legend in his own time and is still revered as a colossus in the annals of surgery and medicine.