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Memoires De La Societe Medicale D’Emulation

Memoires De La Societe Medicale D’Emulation, undated, probably 1800

Memoires De La Societe Medicale D’Emulation, Seante A L’Ecole De Medecine De Paris; Avec Des Planches En Taille – Douce. Pur l’an VII de la Republique Francaise. Troisieme Annee. A Paris, Chez Richard, Vaille et Ranvier, Libraires de la Societe Medicale d’Emulation, rue Haute-feuille, no. 11. An VIII. 

Using oogle translate, and other resources, we arrive at: 

“Memoires Of The Medical Society Of Emulation, Seante At The Paris School of Medicine; With Plates in Size - Soft. For year VII of the French Republic. Third year. In Paris, Chez Richard, Vaille and Ranvier, Booksellers of the Societe Medicale d´Emulation, Haute-feuille street, no. 11. Year VIII.” 

Single octavo volume in quarter calf with marbled paper over boards. The numeral three is stamped on the spine and we believe this corresponds to “Third year” in the title page, not a stray volume three from a larger multivolume work. Leather chipped at bottom of spine. End papers and page edges marbled. Red ribbon present. Text block clean, bright, and tight. Small area of worming involving pages 39 – 50. One very attractive folding plate of an elephant skull. 

Topics in this volume also include surgery, amputation, the nervous system, etc etc. 

The first French Republic was founded in 1792 and the second French Republic was founded in 1848. The latest date we can find printed in the text of this book is from the 1770s. Because the characteristics of this book are decidedly unlike continental books of the 1850s, because it references no medical publications of the 19th century, and because the title page gives the publication date as Year 8 of the French Republic, we conclude this refers to the First French Republic and we date this volume to the year 1800.