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4 vol. 8vo. Vol. I, 248 leaves; vol. II, 264 leaves; vol. III, 253 leaves; vol. IV, 204 leaves. Volume I is unillustrated, the other three volumes have full-page engravings and plates in the text after the authors. The titles vary according to the contents of each volume. Vol. I is By John Bell, Surgeon. The Third Edition ; vol. II, also by John Bell, is The Second Edition, Corrected. Vol. III and IV are by Charles Bell, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Surgeon General’s Library Catalogue II, ii, page 211 (vol. 3 and 4 of this edition only).
Rebound in blue buckram, by the Library of Congress in April, 1804, [ i.e. “1904”?-- Ed.] with a late bookplate. Initialled by Jefferson at sig. I and T in each volume.
Jefferson’s original entry in his manuscript catalogue called for a two volume edition: Bell’s Anatomy of the human body. 2 v. 8 vo. with figures.
It is probable that this entry was made in 1807 when he tried to procure a copy from Samuel F. Bradford of Philadelphia. On December 13, 1807 Jefferson wrote to that firm ordering several books including “ John Bell’s anatomy of the human body in 2. vols. 8 vo.
Bradford replied on December 18: “ We have to regret John Bells Anatomy is not to be procured in our City.” On March 31, 1808, Jefferson purchased from Milligan 1 Bells Anatomy. plates. 4 vols. $ 20.00.
After this purchase Jefferson changed his manuscript entry, which, by crossing out and adding was changed to the inaccurate entry quoted above. The inaccuracy in the name of the authors is retained in the 1815 Library of Congress catalogue, but corrected in the later editions.
Later in the same year, on November 11, 1808, Jefferson’s grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, wrote to him from Museum: “. . . I have purchased Bells Anatomy at 22$ being the only one for sale in the united states . . .”
For a note on John Bell, the author of the first two volumes of this work see no. 858.
Sir Charles Bell, 1774-1842, the author of volumes III and IV, was the brother of John Bell, and the leading British anatomist of the period. Both men were artists, and illustrated their work with beautiful drawings.
Hunter’s Natural history of the human teeth. 4 to.
1815 Catalogue, page 43. no. 11, as above.
The Natural History of the Human Teeth . . . By John Hunter. The Second Edition . . . London: J. Johnson, 1778.
[RK50 .H94]
4to. 2 parts in 1, plates. First edition of Part II, which has a different title beginning: A practical treatise on the diseases of the teeth . . .
No copy of this work was located for collation. There was a copy in the Library of Congress, probably from the Jefferson collection, until 1920, when it was removed. A written statement on the back of the Library card reads: Bk. discarded & removed fr. records at Mr. Ashley’s request. Oct. 22, 1920.
Weinberger II, page 946.
For a note on John Hunter see no. 930. The first edition of the first part of this book was published in 1771, and was one of the most important books in the history of dentistry.
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