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The Diseases of Women with Child, And in Child-Bed:

As also, The best Means of helping them in Natural and Unnatural LABOURS. With fit Remedies for the several Indispositions of NEW-BORN BABES. To which is prefix'd, an exact DESCRIPTION of the Parts of GENERATION in WOMEN. A Work much more perfect than any now extant, and very necessary for all, especially Midwives and Men practising that Art. The Seventh Edition Corrected, and Augmented with several new Figures, and with the Description of an excellent Instrument to bring a Child that comes right; all correctly Engraven in Copper. Written in French...... and Translated By HUGH CHAMBERLEN, M.D.

pp. xliv, 373, (vii) Table. Frontispiece of 'tire-tête' and 9 plates [8 folding]. Contemporary speckled calf, a bit scuffed and rubbed, trifling wear to the corners, a very nice copy - NOTE: The description of the frontispiece, in earlier editions an inserted leaf, is now incorporated into the text and forms leaf 'P4' pp. [193] and [194], between pp. 192 and 193. This feature is also recorded for the copy in the Wellcome Library [Catalogue, v.4, p.86] - in addition, the Wellcome copy lacks pp. xxxix to xliv 'Of the Parts of a Woman, etc.'. Other editions in the Wellcome catalogue show loss for this section of the text and related plates, a not unusual display of prurience. The text in the copy offered here is complete although the pagination is irregular and the catch-word does not match - pagination indicates that pages xxxix and xl are lacking and that the catch-word 'The' at the end of page xxxviii does not correspond with the following word 'This' on page xli. Also page xxxviii has the register C3 and the succeeding leaf is D1. However, the bifolium D1 and D2, pages xli-xliv, are interposed between C3 and C4 and comparison with other copies shows that the text is continuous. To reiterate, there is no text lacking.

*GARRISON-MORTON #6147 for the first French edition of 1668 - 'The outstanding text-book of the time. Mauriceau, leading obstetrician of his day, introduced the practice of delivering his patients in bed instead of in the obstetrical chair. It was to Mauriceau that Hugh Chamberlen attempted to sell the secret of his forceps; Chamberlen translated the Traité into English in 1673. This book established obstetrics as a science.' WELLCOME CATALOGE IV, p.86 - a number of the entries are for defective copies; RCOG Catalogue p.52.

Printed for T. Cox, at the Lamb, and J. Clarke, at the Bible, under the Royal Exchange in Cornhill. London.

Date Published: 1736. Seventh edition. 8vo.

Stock No. 55491

Price: 400.00