BEITRÄGE ZUR ANATOMIE DER WIRBELSÄULE by BARDELEBEN, Karl von.

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BEITRÄGE ZUR ANATOMIE DER WIRBELSÄULE mit holzschnitten und drei photographischen tafeln. Jena, Hermann Dabis, (O. Deistung’s Buchhandlung),

1874. 4to, pp. 39, [1] blank; with three original photographs signed by C. Bräunlich of Jena (two mounted on one folding sheet), and four text diagrams; title-page somewhat browned and spotted, with further marginal browning and occasional spotting throughout; contemporary (publishers?) morocco-grained red cloth with blind-stamped borders, rebacked, covers a little soiled and cockled, extremities lightly bumped and rubbed; from the Anatomy Department, University of Cambridge with stamps and shelf mark on end leaves and title page. First edition of this treatise by the noted German anatomist Karl von Bardeleben (1849-1919). Von Bardeleben obtained his doctorate in 1872 as a research assistant at the University of Leipzig, and from 1873 worked as prosector at the University of Jena, where he later served as an associate professor (from 1878) and as full professor from 1898. As the present work illustrates, he specialised in the fields of topographic and comparative anatomy, and the present treatise is notable for the three original photographs mounted at the rear of the work, illustrating sections of the human vertebral column. It is his first work after his dissertation on arteriovenous fistula (1871). The photographs were made by Carl Braunlich Jr. (1850–1900) who specialised in carte-de-visite portraits and architecture.
In 1886, Bardeleben founded of the Anatomischer Anzeiger (Annals of Anatomy), considered to be one of the more authoritative journals devoted to anatomical morphology. His Atlas der topographischen Anatomie des Menschen für studierende und ärzte – with wood-engraved illustrations – was published in 1894.

Bibliography: Engelhardt I, 32; Garrison, History of Medicine, pp. 519-520; OCLC locates copies at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, New York Academy of Medicine, NLM, Pennsylvania, Cambridge, Oxford and the British Library.

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