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RARE FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM SMELLI’S CELEBRATED 1754 ANATOMICAL ATLAS BY WILLIAM SMELLIE, WITH THE FIRST ACCURATE IMAGES OF THE FETUS IN UTERO, ONE OF ONLY 80 COPIES PUBLISHED

SMELLIE, William, M.D. Sett of Anatomical Tables. London, 1754. Rare first edition of the pioneering 1754 anatomical atlas by William Smellie, "one of the most important obstetricians of all times," with 39 striking copper-engraved plates, the first accurate illustrations of the fetus in utero and during labor, far superior to any before seen, after drawings by Jan van Rymsdyk, Peter Camper and Smellie, accompanied by text and published under the supervision of Smellie's close friend, author and physician Tobias Smollett. One of only 80 copies printed. $15,000.

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“AN EPIC STUDY OF THE PHYSICAL STATE OF THE NATION DURING THE DECADES OF THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT”

DRAKE, Daniel. A Treatise on the Diseases of North America. Cincinnati and Philadelphia, 1850-54. Two volumes.

First edition, presentation copy, of Drake's groundbreaking study of North American diseases, with 19 maps (one folding) and numerous in-text tables, inscribed on the title page of Volume I in the year of publication to his friend Dr. Alfred Stille, a leading Philadelphia doctor known for his work differentiating typhus and typhoid fever and his landmark text on pathology: "To Dr. Alfred Stille with the regards of his friend, Cincin[nati]. May 11th, 1850, Dan Drake," and with an additional pencil inscription on the dedication leaf reading: "To Dr. Stille with the respects of the author." Complete two-volume sets of this work are quite rare, particularly in contemporary calf. $14,500.

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FIRST WORK ON MIDWIFERY BY AN ENGLISHMAN, 1653

HARVEY, William. Anatomical Exercitations, Concerning the Generation of Living Creature. London, 1653.

First edition in English, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Harvey by William Faithorne (often missing). The chapter on midwifery in this book is the first work on that subject to be written by an Englishman" (Garrison & Morton). $9500.

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“THE BASIS OF MODERN PATHOLOGY”

HUNTER, John. A Treatise on the Blood, Inflammation, and Gun-Shot Wounds. London, 1794.

First edition of the most important work by John Hunter, pioneering founder of experimental and surgical pathology—"outstanding among 18th-century surgeons for orthopedic surgery"—one of only 992 copies printed, the last work issued from his private press. With frontispiece portrait engraving by W. Sharp after the painting by Joshua Reynolds and nine engraved plates by William Skelton. $7800.

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SIGNED BY NOBEL LAUREATE FRANCIS CRICK

CRICK, Francis. Packing of Alpha-Helices: Simple Coiled-Coils. Copenhagen, 1953.

Scarce 1953 offprint of Nobel laureate Crick’s seminal paper on the packing of alpha-helices into coiled-coil structures, issued the same year as its appearance in the journal Acta Crystallographica, signed above the title on the first page by Crick, handsomely housed in a custom clamshell box. $7500.

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“MORTON CONVINCED THE WORLD, THE CREDIT IS HIS” (OSLER)

MORTON, William Thomas Green. Statements Supported by Evidence… of the Anaesthetic Properties of Ether. Washington, 1853.

First edition, an exceedingly rare presentation copy of the 1853 Senate Committee Report documenting the long and bitter controversy over Dr. William Morton’s revolutionary discovery of surgical anesthesia, a groundbreaking event with “an immediate and profound effect on medical practice”—inscribed by Dr. Morton to the “Franklin Institute Library, Philadelphia, Pen. With Respects of W.T.G. Morton, M.D. Boston, Mass.”—scarce in contemporary marbled boards. $5200.

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INSCRIBED BY BILL WILSON

(ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS) [WILSON, Bill]. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age. New York, 1957.

First edition of Bill Wilson’s early history of Alcoholics Anonymous, warmly inscribed by him: “Dear Harry: With all my gratitude for your example of all that’s AA! Ever Yours, Bill. NY Dec 31/63.” $5000.

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“MEN GO MAD IN HERDS”

MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions. London, 1852. Two volumes.

Second edition of this important, entertaining and influential early study of crowd behavior, subsequently used to explore popular psychology and to chart the stock market, with numerous wood-engraved illustrations and painstakingly extra-illustrated with dozens of black-and-white and color engravings of places and personalities mentioned in the text, handsomely bound in three-quarter morocco gilt. $4700.

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INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY KINSEY

KINSEY, Alfred C., et al. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Philadelphia and London, 1948.

First edition of Kinsey's landmark works on human male sexuality, in scarce original dust jacket and publisher's shipping box, inscribed and signed by Kinsey on the front free endpaper: "Thanks—Sir! Alfred E. Kinsey. 3.31.52." $3800.

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