From "the greatest of the three famous Monros."Alexander Monro. Three Treatises. On the Brain, the Eye, and the Ear. Illustrated by Tables. Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute..., 1797. First edition. Three works in one quarto. 263 pages. Extra leaf D. Four title pages. Nineteen single page plates and five double page plates, one of which is partially hand-colored. Bound in modern half calf over marbled paper covered boards, spine with gilt titles, rules, and black ornamentations. "British Medical Association" library ink stamps on first five leaves, including first two title pages and table of contents. Presentation stamp with holograph pen name of "Dr J Frank Payne" and hand-dated "5/90" withdrawal stamp on front fly-leaf. Boards lightly rubbed, gilt on spine partially worn; new free endpapers rippled, holograph pencil book dealer notes on front free endpaper, inscription on verso of first title page struck out in ink with bleedthrough in the first title page and minor transfer to the adjacent second title page, small holograph ink writing on upper margin of first title page; small tear in outer margins of P4 and T3, repaired tear in the margin of plate between pages 162 and 163; image off-set from plates onto adjacent pages, some page creasing, foxing, occasional minor smudges or soiling; otherwise a remarkable medical work in very good condition. From the Collection of Dr. Gerald Sugarman.
Along with the main title page, each work has its own title page:
Observations on the Communication of the Ventricles of the Brain with Each Other; and on the Internal Hydrocephalus. [and:] Miscellaneous Observations on the Structure and Functions of the Eyes. [and:] Observations on the Organ of Hearing in Man and Other Animals. Unlike the main title page, these titles pages give printing credits to Adam Neill and Company.
"Monro [1733-1817] discovered the communication between the lateral ventricles of the human brain with each other and with the third ventricle, the 'foramen of Monro'. Alexander secundus was the greatest of the three famous Monros." (Morton, 1385)
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