London: Lewis, 1801. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition. The great surgeon’s first book, a feted rarity, captivating as a magnetar, with no auction sales since this one sold at Sotheby’s in 1967 and once every 53 years is rare by any measure, so you won’t find another. And this is not just any copy. It’s in original boards, worn and neatly rebacked, else very good, uncut, and complete, and despite the wear, exemplary condition. 4 of the 7 fantastic engraved plates are lightly hand colored (as issued). Coll: 4to. pp. xii, 55, [1, blank],  (7 plates). Ref: Freshwater: Joseph Constantine Carpue and the Bicentennial of the Birth of Modern Plastic Surgery. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 35 (2015), pp. 748–758. Not in Norman. Ex–The Medico–Chirurgical Society of Aberdeen with their stamp on the first and last text leaves. Very good. Item #437
Joseph Carpue joined the surgical staff at the Duke of York’s Military Hospital in Chelsea in 1799 and, in 1800, began teaching anatomy and surgery. He pioneered rhinoplasty and many surgical proprieties that were previously unrecognized, devised the first prospective observational study using exclusion criteria, set a standard for preoperative disclosure, established ethical approval, had independent documentation of his preoperative and postoperative findings, and maintained patient confidentiality, all a century before these measures were codified. We all live under the same sky. Dr. Carpue just had a wider horizon.Poetry.