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Saggio di Osservazioni e d'Esperienze sulle - SCARPA, Antonio - 1801. 
Engraved frontis. port. & three fine engraved plates. 1 p.l., xi, 278,  pp. Large 4to, cont. green morocco-backed marbled boards (minor foxing & browning), flat spine gilt. Pavia: B. Comino, 1801. First edition of the first textbook on the subject to be published in the Italian language; Scarpa has been called "the father of Italian ophthalmology." "In this work Scarpa first described the operation of iridodialysis. The chapters on diseases of the vessels in the eye, on cataract, and on staphyloma are particularly noteworthy. Scarpa's books were all superbly illustrated with his own drawings and the plates in this work, engraved by Faustino Anderloni, bear witness to Scarpa's artistic talent. Duke-Elder considered this the greatest work on ophthalmology that had appeared up to its time."ÂBecker Cat. 207. Garrison considered Scarpa's illustrations to be the "crown and flower of achievement in anatomic pen-drawing." A very good and large copy. Garrison-Morton 5835. Waller 8543.
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