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Bischoff, Ignaz Rudolph Edler von Altenstern.  Grundzüge der allgemeinen Naturlehre des Menschen ... Mit vorzüglicher Hinsicht auf die praktische Medicin. Wien: A. Strauss's sel. Witwe, 1838–39. 8vo (21 cm, 8.3"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., [22], 352, [2] pp. II: xvi, 492 pp.

Bischoff's comprehensive overview of human physiology and medical practice, in => somewhat surprisingly festive — considering the topic — signed contemporary bindings. This is the first edition to encompass all four parts: Grundzüge der allgemeinen Naturlehre des Menschen (books one through three) and Grundzüge der speciellen Naturlehre des Menschen (book four), here in two volumes. The author (1784–1850) was a professor at the Josephinum Academy of Vienna, a charter member of the Gesellschaft der Ärzte (the medical society of Vienna), and chief physician to the Austrian Army. His portrait, engraved by Andreas Staub after Friedrich von Amerling (of whom he was an early patron) and printed by Johann Höfelich, opens vol. I, and a bibliography of his works, including foreign-language editions, with documentation of their appearances in various journals and other publications, closes vol. II.
        Bindings: 19th-century bright red embossed cloth sides with gilt frame and panel rolls stamped over embossing; darker red leather shelfbacks, spines with gilt-stamped decorations and titles. All edges gilt. Bindings done by => Anton Lehenbauer, with his bookbinder's ticket on each back pastedown.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find no U.S. library reporting ownership and precious few in Europe.

Bindings as above, joints and edges rubbed, gilt dimmed or darkened in spots. Occasional light to mild foxing, pages otherwise clean. => An attractive and interesting production.  (39910)   Please RESHELVE This.

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