Philadelphia: Printed B T. Dobson, at the Stone-House, 1791. Octavo. Item #025139
viii, 570, xxix, (1)pp. errata. 12 leaves of engraved plates of surgical instruments. cf Garrison-Morton 5579 (5th Edition). Bell's work was originally published in Edinburgh from 1782-1787 in six volumes. He improved the methods of amputation and introduced the "triple incision of Bell". Though he also published volumes on venereal disease, his work on surgery is his most important work. This is the first Philadelphia edition (the same year Benjamin Rush established his medical school in the city) and it became the standard for the major physicians also in Boston and New York before spreading to the Southern states. (A copy is also found in the Library of Thomas Jefferson at the Library of Congress.). Bound in full modern leather, flat spine ruled in gilt, red leather label gilt, light scattered foxing throughout. A very good copy.