Auction Name: 2020 March 4 Rare Books Signature Auction Books Signature Auction - New York
Lot Number: 45244
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Alexander Fleming. "On the Antibacterial Action of Cultures of a Penicillium, with special reference to their use in the isolation of B. Influenzae." in The British Journal of Experimental Pathology, Volume Ten, pages 226-236. London: H. K. Lewis & Co., 1929. First edition of the first announcement of the discovery of penicillin. Octavo (9.5 x 6.875 inches; 241 x 176 mm.). One plate between pages 228 and 229, containing four figures. Whole volume collation: vii, [1, blank], 407, [1, blank] pages. Modern half brown calf, ruled in gilt, over marbled boards, spine in six compartments with five raised bands and two black leather labels ruled and lettered in gilt; four compartments ruled in gilt with a decorative gilt center tool; decoratively tooled in gilt at top and bottom of spine and dated in gilt at foot; edges sprinkled red. Half-title beginning to separate at gutter; slight browning, especially around the edges; some marginal soiling; a few upper corner tips torn away; short tears to upper margin of pages /110 and lower margin of pages 111/112; short tear to upper margin of pages 113/114, entering the text, with an old tissue repair; one-inch tear to lower margin of plate facing page 194, not affecting image; final leaf repaired in upper gutter; title-page with blue ink stamp of the "Children's Hospital / Research Foundation Library" and embossed stamp of the "Library of the Children's Hospital Research Foundation Cincinnati, Ohio" (with the last line erased); ink accession number on verso of title-page; black ink stamp of "The Children's Hospital," mostly in the upper margin on pages 51, 151, 201, 251, 301, and 351, a few times with offsetting onto the facing page; pencil note at foot of p. . A very good copy, handsomely bound. Housed in a brown morocco and marbled board slipcase. Garrison-Morton 1933; Grolier, Medicine, 96; Heirs of Hippocrates 2320; Norman Library 798; Printing and the Mind of Man 420a.