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Monro, Works, 1781

Monro, Works, 1781

The Works of Alexander Monro, M.D. Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and Late Professor of Medicine and Anatomy in the University of Edinburgh. Published by his Son, Alexander Monro, M. D. President of the Royal College of Physicians, and Professor of Medicine and of Anatomy and Surgery in the University of Edinburgh. To which is Prefixed, the Life of the Author. Illustrated with Copper Plates. Edinburgh: Printed for Charles Elliot, Parliament-Square. 1781.


Original full brown tree calf, later rebacked, with retention of original red spine label (a bit chipped at edges). Corners a bit bumped and chipped. A few other minor scuffs. Two dark stains (one small, one large and circular) on rear board. Fore-edge dyed faint yellow.  Internal hinges repaired. Some staining from leather seeping into edges of pastedowns and fly leaves. Frontis (portrait) present. 18th century signature at top right of title page. Page 97 has very thin band of slight discoloration along the top edge. Pages 266/267 crinkled at lower corner. Pages 739/740 lower corner creased. Two small stains at top margin of 741. Two clear tape repairs to verso of final blank near hinge. Very rare foxing. No internal markings aside from signature on title page. Clean, bright, and tight throughout. Leaves very crisp, margins exceptionally well retained, and corners of leaves are still crisp and right angles--a very fresh and seemingly unread copy.


Text in English, except 706 - 719 (No 54, De Cuticula Humana), which is in Latin. Seven (7) folding plates, each with variable transfer onto preceding versos. Folds are all intact and most margins are entirely retained, though fore edge margin of plate five (5) is a bit ragged, but does not encroach upon the image.


2 blanks, frontis, title, advertisement, v - viii contents, ix - xxiv life of the author, 1 - 780 text and plates, 781 - 791 index, directions to binder, two blanks.


Plate i follows page 266; plate ii follows 468; iii follows 532; iv follows 590, v - 594, vi - 620, and vii - 676.


Monro interacts with and responds to the works of many other eminent men throughout this work, such as Winslow, Heister, Harvey, Malpighi, de Graaf, and others.


Topics include: anatomy, comparative anatomy, physiology, laboratory techniques, blood-letting, tumors, ulcers, cancer, amputation, hernia, surgical instruments, angina, asthma, jaundice, pox, unexpected cures, orthopedics, obstetrics, and public health including epidemiology and vaccine.


Measures: 11 ¾ x 10 x 2 3/8 inches.


Not in Garrison-Morton.