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A Treatise on the Human Skeleton (Including the Joints)

by Humphry, George Murray

  • Hardback £350.00
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  • Catalogue No : 39922
  • Published : 1858
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : vi, (2), 620
  • Publisher : MacMillan and Co.
  • Published In : Cambridge
  • Illustrations : 60 lithographic plates (5 folding)


First edition. Rare. Sir George Murray Humphry (1820-1896), British surgeon, who at various time had presidential roles in the Cambridge Medical Society (which he helped to form), the Sanitary Society of Great Britain (1882-1883), the Anatomical Society (1887), and the Pathological Society of London (1891-1893). Humphry was one of the first to attempt to bring human anatomy into line with the science of morphology; he was the first in England to remove successfully a tumour from the male bladder, and one of the first to advocate the advantages of the suprapubic method. From the 1870s he became a major figure in the vivisection debate. Humphry was elected FRS in 1859, after having written the present book. The work was illustrated with lithographic plates by his wife, Mary. (ODNB).

Garrison & Morton 419.


8vo, cont. half-calf, rubbed and scuffed, some wear to extremities, raised bands to spine, marbled edges and endpapers. Binding cracked between half-title and title with first gathering slightly loose, but still attached. Inscribed by the author to Dr Hastings, (probably Sir Charles Hastings 1794-1866, founder of the British Medical Association). Several later medical owners' names: Henry Power, dated 1885 (Ophthalmic surgeon, 1829-1911) and A.J.E. Cave, 1935.

Provenance: From the library of Prof. A.J.E. Cave (1900-2001), British anatomist, Professor of Anatomy, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, 1946-1967, President of the Linnean Society 1970-1973, with his name to half-title and title.

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