1681 · Paris:
by MAURICEAU, Francois (1637-1709).
Paris:: Chez l'Auteur & La Compagnie des Libraires Associez, 1681, 1694, 1715., 1681. 3 volumes in 2. 4to. , 515,  pp. + , 572, ; , 77,  pp. Allegorical engraved frontispiece (unsigned engr. by Guillaume Vallet after Antoine Paillet), 31 engraved figs.; marginal worm track not affecting text. Contemporary full dark calf, raised bands, gilt-stamped spine title and panels; spine ends worn, outer hinges splitting, but holding strong. A mis-matched set but complete – with the bindings not quite the same size and different spine treatments by different binders. Second part: Signature [L'Vanderijrck – or Van de Rijrck?] [on title] and rubber-stamps ["L'Union des Etudiants, Nancy"] [on title + preface]. Lightly foxed throughout, small worm trail at foot of title, a couple of tiny burn holes (p.11 margin, p.31 affecting 1 letter, p.141), a couple of short marginal tears. Bookplate of Bossier de Sauvages [first vol.]. Very good. [More details on request]. CELEBRATED WORK ON OBSTETRICS AND THE DOMINANT OBSTETRICAL WORK OF ITS TIME. Third edition of the first part; author's issue of the 2nd & 3rd parts (bound together, as per above). "Mauriceau, a Parisian, was an ordinary surgeon and not a doctor of medicine, but his close observation and detailed studies of the fetus, the pregnant uterus, the female pelvis, and the techniques of delivery made him a leading obstetrician of his time. His famous work on pregnancy and delivery, here in second edition, was first published in 1668 and went through many editions and translations. It established obstetrics as a science. (Garrison & Morton)." [Heirs of Hippocrates]. VOLUME SECOND/THIRD: "The present work was originally issued as Volume II of the fourth edition (1694) of Mauriceau's Traite des maladies des femmes grosses, et de celles qui sont accouchees. It is a compendium of seven hundred case histories dealing with pregnancy and childbirth as well as with the diseases and problems of the newborn. Mauriceau's case histories are models of clear and succinct description, revealing him to be a skilled and experienced practitioner." [Heirs of Hippocrates]. The 77 page supplement offers an additional 150 case histories. References: Cushing M212 (1738 ed.); Garrison & Morton 6147 (1st ed.); Hagelin, The womans book, pp. 64-5; Graham Harvey, Eternal Eve, 1950, pp. 193-195; Heirs of Hippocrates 604 (2nd ed.), 606 & 607 (1715 ed.); Krivatsy/NLM 7590; Norman 1461; Harold Speert, Obstetric and Gynecologic Milestones, 1958, pp. 558-566; Waller 6364 (1681 ed.); Wellcome IV, p. 86. (Inventory #: M12845)