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[Fyfe, Andrew]
A COMPENDIOUS SYSTEM OF ANATOMY. In Six Parts...Illustrated with Twelve Large Copperplates. Extracted from the American Edition of the Encyclopedia. Now Publishing
Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1792. First separate American edition. 8vo. 438, [2] pp. Full contemporary calf, leather spine label and gilt rules. The plates are folded to fit into the text, and four have tears without loss. Some wrinkling. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, other ownership signatures on front endpaper. A crisp copy, in very good condition. This separate printing of the article "Anatomy" by Andrew Fyfe for the American edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was intended by Dobson to be part of the promotional effort for his Encyclopedia. He also intended to make the latest scientific information available to those who might not wish to buy the entire Encyclopedia. A claim that here Americans had achieved "a high standard of scholarship" was flattering to national pride, but can't really be substantiated by the text, which essentially follows Fyfe's Encyclopedia Britannica original in almost every detail. Andrew Fyfe (1754-1824) was a noted professor of anatomy at Edinburgh University. An important and very scarce piece of medical Americana, probably the second to contain medical illustrations. AUSTIN 798. EVANS 24206.
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