PLANCHES APPARTENANT À L’OUVRAGE INTITUTLÉ, CONSIDÉRATIONS SUR LA DIVERSITÉ DES BASSINS de différentes races humains. [Amsterdam, Van der Hey, 1826].
1826. Small folio, pp. [ii] endpaper with original paper title label mounted, and with eight copper engraved plates; printed paper label a little soiled, and with ink inscription ‘Dr Thompson, Prof of Surgery, Edinburgh; plates a little dust-soiled; The atlas volume only of the French edition of Beschouwing van het verschil der bekkens in onderscheidene Volkstammen, both published in 1826 by the renowned Dutch physiologist, anatomist, anthropologist and botanist Gerardus Vrolik (1775-1859). With his son Willem (1801-1863) he established a private anatomical museum, now part of the Amsterdam Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam, the collections of which formed the basis of a number of comparative studies by the two men, probably most notably Willem’s teratological work of 1849, ‘Tabulae ad illustrandam embryogensin hominis’, though the museum was also famed for its craniological collection.
In ‘Considérations sur la diversité des bassins de différentes races humaines’ ‘he observed an animal form in the pelvis of the lower races of mankind, and regarded the structure of this part to present race-modifications, but drew scarcely any positive deductions from his limited researches; (The Anthropological review, 1865, p. 206).
The present copy appears to have belonged to the early nineteenth century Edinburgh surgeon, Professor John Thompson. Although the Biographical Dictionary of the Living Authors of Great Britain (1816) cite him on p. 345, we can find no record of any of his listed works on lithotomy and inflammation having survived.
Condition: in modern black marbled wrappers.