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Engravings, Explaining The Anatomy Of The - BELL, JOHN (1763-1820) - 1794. 
Edinburgh: Printed By John Paterson; For Bell and Bradfute, and T. Duncan; and J. Johnson, and G. G. G. & J. Robinson, London 1794. - First Edition of the text, though all but one of the plates are dated 1804- possibly a remainder; Demy 4to; pp. , xxii, 191; Illustrated with Twenty-eight plates, one in two states. (possibly lacking an engraved title), Contemporary calf, re-backed with new burgundy morocco spine label. New endpapers, Ink signature, dated 1808, on title-page. Occasional light foxing and offsetting. On the whole, a very good copy of this scarce and important book. Encouraged by his artistic mother, John Bell had received early training in drawing. He was one of the first to apply anatomical teaching to surgery and is widely regarded as the founder of surgical anatomy. He was the first to ligate the gluteal artery and tied the common carotid and internal iliac. Bell's illustrations are some of the most striking in the entire literature, although not to everyone's taste.
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