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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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OFFPRINTS OF ALL THREE PARTS OF THE GENETIC CODE, 1962-66, ONE INSCRIBED BY MARSHALL NIRENBERG AND TWO SIGNED BY FRANCIS CRICK

CRICK, Francis and NIRENBERG, Marshall W. The Genetic Code. San Francisco, California, 1962-66. Three offprints.

First offprint editions of a three-part article on DNA by Francis Crick and Marshall Nirenberg originally published in Scientific American, with Parts I and III signed by Francis Crick and Part II inscribed: "with best wishes Marshall Nirenberg." $9500.

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“WHEN WE RECALL THE OCCASION THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER… HOW COULD IT BE THAT WE SHOULD NOT RECALL EACH OTHER?”

BARTON, Clara. Story of My Childhood. New York, 1907.

First edition, presentation copy, of Clara Barton's childhood memoir, very warmly inscribed to a man she met while providing Red Cross relief to survivors of the 1900 Galveston hurricane: "To Lieut. O.H. Binckley, My dear Lieut., When we recall the occasion which brought us to know each other. The scenes we lived through. The woes we witnessed, how could it be that we should not recall each other? In all the better days to come 'Thou will think of me, and I will think of thee.' Sincerely Clara Barton. Glen Echo Md. March 25 1910." $8000.

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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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