Précis de Chirurgie Pratique
Portal, Antoine. Précis de Chirurgie Pratique
Paris: Chez Vincent, 1768. Hardback 8vo; two volumes; Volume 1: pp [i-ii], iii-xvi, 1-326, 15 foldout leaves containing 16 engraved plates; volume 2: pp [xvii], xviii-xxx, 1 errata leaf, 327-860. Contemporary marbled calf; spines in seven panels divided by gilt rules, with title labels and gilt volume numbers and floral devices. Text in French. Plates at rear of first volume depict eighteenth-century surgical procedures and instruments. Condition: Very Good; plate leaves to rear of volume 1 have been clumsily folded at some point and extend beyond the page edges, but all are present and in sound condition. Bindings tight; text clean except for minor foxing. $750
Antoine Portal (1742-1832) was a French anatomist and doctor to Louis XVIII; this work represents the cutting edge of European medical knowledge at the time.