Venice: Remondini, 1761. 2 vols. in 1. Folio. [viii], ix-xcvi, [ii], 3-298, ; [ii], 3-452 pp. FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE. Separate titles to each volume. Frontispiece portrait by Jean Renard (i.e. Giovanni Volpato, 1733-1803), engraved title vignettes. Contemporary annotation on first blank more extensive annotations (possibly notes dealing with medical diagnoses and remedies for specific patients) on last blank. Beautiful contemporary calf, spine gilt in compartments; minor spotting and browning. Item #16245
First edition, second issue (the sole difference apparently being that the first issue title page is in red and black), of one of the most important works in the history of medicine. The five books include the written records of Morgagni's investigations and an extensive series of post mortem which he performed himself. These records of dissections are given with precision and exhaustiveness of detail. By comparing the clinical symptoms with the post mortem findings, Morgagni laid the foundations of pathological anatomy. “The books include a number of brilliant descriptions of new diseases, some of which have remained classics until our own day, particularly those of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and throat. He described syphilitic tumours in the brain, recorded a case of heart-block (“Stokes Adams Disease”), identified the clinical features of pneumonia with consolidation of the lungs, described lesions in angina pectoris, acute yellow atrophy of the liver, tuberculosis of the kidney, etc.” (PMM).
Morgagni (1682-1771), professor of anatomy at Padua, was an expert clinician and the first to identify the symptomatic condition associated with many diseases. This work is now very scarce.
Dibner, 125, Garrison & Morton, 2276; Grolier, One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine, 46; Lilly, p. 125; Printing & the Mind of Man, 206.