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Pott, Chirurgical Works, 1819, first American edition

Pott, Chirurgical Works, 1819, first American edition

 The Chirurgical Works of Percival Pott, F. R. S. Surgeon to St. Barthalomew’s Hospital. With his last corrections. To which are added, a short account of the life of the author, a method of curing the hydrocele by injection, and occasional notes and observations by Sir James Earle, F. R. S. Surgeon extraordinary to the king. First American edition from the last London edition. In two volumes. Philadelphia, 1819. 

Two octavo volumes in original full brown leather bindings. Red title plates on spines. Numerous plates, some folding. Spines chipped at top edges and bottom edge of volume I. Boards scuffed. Hinges strong, though front hinge of vol 1 starting to crack. Fore edge of first fly leaf torn. Top edge of second fly leaf trimmed. Single folded advertisement for a dental instrument tucked into front of volume one. Bindings tight throughout. Text clean and pages mostly bright with some variable browning. Paper repairs to first title page, obscuring 19th century signature (“John Francis ???”, read through verso). Some early 19th century arithmetic on end papers of vol 1 bleeding through several leaves. Not in Garrison-Morton. 

Percival Pott’s name is immortalized in the condition of spinal tuberculosis (Pott’s disease). He also was a founder of orthopedics and, by his studies on chimney sweeps, was the first to show that an environmental substance may be carcinogenic.