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Lieutaud, Essais Anatomiques, 1766

Lieutaud, Essais Anatomiques, 1766

Essais Anatomiques, Contenant L’Histoire exacte de toutes les parties qui composent le Corps de l’Homme; AVEC La Maniere de les decouvrir & les demontrer, ornes de Figures; Par M. Lieutaud, Ancien Professeur Royal d’Anatomie, Medecin ordinaire de Monseigneur le Dauphin, & des Enfans de Franc; Membre de l’Academie des Sciences de Paris, &c. Nouvelle edition, revue & augmentee. A Paris, Chez D’Houry, Imprimeur-Libraire de Mgr. Le Duc D’Orleans, rue de la Vieille Bouclerie. Guillyn, P. F. Didot, Libraires, Quai des Augustins. 1766. Avec Approbation & Privilege du Roi.


Full marbled leather with five raised bands and gold text and details on spine. Blue marbled page edges (focal scuff on fore-edge). Scattered small scuffs at edges and hinges. Green ribbon marker intact. Corners slightly bumped (mostly top front corner). Spine and rear hinge very slightly sunned. Hinges intact inside and out. Marbled end papers. Mild folding/rippling of top corner of pages 9 through 82 (nearly imperceptible on some leaves). Very faint damp stain along lower margin involving last 75 to 100 pages of text. Very minor rare foxing. Margins large. Leaves crisp and fresh. A bright, mostly clean, copy. Binding tight throughout. Six (6) folding plates at rear. Lateral margin of first three plates slightly creased, but remote from images. Otherwise plates remarkably fresh.


Two fly leaves, half title, full title, i – xvi preface, xvii – xxii contents, xxiii – xiv royal privilege, 1 – 730 text, i – xxii index, xxiii – xxvi explanation of plates, 6 folding plates, two fly leaves.


Heirs of Hippocrates 545 is the 1742 first edition:

“Pathological anatomy in France is said to begin with Lieutaud, physician to Kings Louis XV and XVI. This practical text of anatomy stresses the clinical implications of various structures and has been called the first surgical anatomy. Lieutaud is especially known for his descriptions of the heart and its cavities and the structure of the urinary bladder, as well as for numerous corrections of anatomical errors.”


Garrison-Morton 396 (regarding the 1742 first edition), states that “the trigonum vesicae is named ‘Lieutaud’s trigone’.” (The trigone is a triangular region of the urinary bladder, with its three points defined by the ostia of the two ureters as well as that of the urethra).


Lieutaud also published other titles on anatomy (Waller 14075), medicine (Waller 5816), and pharmacology (Heirs 546).


Waller 5815 has the Paris 1742 edition as: 8:o. xxi, (3), 724, (16) pp., 6 pl.