Lugundi Batavorum: Andream Dyckhuisen, 1701. First Latin edition, same year as Dutch. Hardcover. Early treatise on surgical procedures in obstetrics. Outsize 8vo, xviii, 274pp, (6)pp. 38 copper engraved plates on 35 leaves, all edges speckled in red. Full period vellum binding with original vellum ties. Blind stamped with decoration, title in manuscript at spine. Interesting end paper with part of paste down not present, obviously a contemporary condition, as a previous owner bookplate is laid on to the board and the half sheet. Internally it is a lovely copy, crisp plates and text, the title page printed in red and black. OCLC 14302986.
[Garrison Morton 6253; Wellcome p.460; Waller, 2423]. "Deventer, born at The Hague, may be numbered among the founders of modern obstetrics. As a practitioner in his native city, he directed his greatest efforts to the practice of midwifery and to the study of its many unsolved problems. He was also interested in orthopedics and spent a great deal of time studying the bones of the pelvis. It was through his investigations of the normal and deformed pelvis and their effects on the course of labor that he was able to make significant contributions to the science of midwifery. The present work on obstetrics was first published in the Dutch language at Leiden. A more elaborate Latin edition appeared in 1701, and this French translation was made from it." (Heirs, citing the 1734 French edition.) According to Morton's Medical Bibliography, "This work gives the first accurate description of the female pelvis and its deformities, and the effect of the latter in complicating labour. The first edition (The Hague 1701) contains a relatively unattractive frontispiece portrait of the author, engravd by himself." In this 1701 Latin edition, the frontispiece is replaced by an additional engraved title with illustrations of the foetus in different positions in the womb, and contains 38 figures on 35 leaves illustrating various aspects of delivery and other facets of midwifery. Very good condition. Item #7244