Milan (latterly Florence), R. Lier & Co. (latterly R.A.T. Lier), 1923-1954
Twenty-seven catalogues and ephemera (various formats). - A fine series of Reinhard Lier’s very rare catalogues, comprising the complete set of Early Medical Books (Parts I-X and New Series I-II, bound in two volumes by Esther Potter, quarter-cloth), catalogues of Old Science and Medicine (6 catalogues), Bulletins (5 catalogues), Lists, and some publications hors série. ¶ Unmarked copies, mostly in very good condition.
Four volumes (23.5 cm), set of four consecutively-paginated catalogues of medical books, as issued, in publisher’s printed wrappers. - The firm was founded in 1889 by Julius H. Halle and was continued after his death (aged 63, on 9 December 1927) by his widow Ida Halle; it was liquidated in 1935. The excellent descriptions were prepared by Ernst Schulte-Strathaus (1881-1968); the last catalogue may have involved Emil Offenbacher, who was apprenticed to the firm from 1931-1933. A projected fifth part offering “Portraits of eminent physicians” was abandoned; in its place, a catalogue with provisional title “V: Medicina occulta: Alchemy, Astrology, Physiognomics, Chiromancy, Magics, Miraculous cures, Mnemotechny” was scheduled, to be followed by “VI: Supplement, biographics, portraits: Index of the whole catalogue”. Neither ever appeared, and the series is complete in four parts as offered here.
Offered with [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 51] Alchemie: Metallurgie - Kräuterbücher [at head of title:] Geheime Wissenschaften 1. Munich: J. Halle, 1924. (23.5 cm), 62 pp., 2 illustrations (title-page and cover). 345 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. ¶ Wrappers dust-soiled.
(22.5 cm), 16 pp., 1 illustration (in colour). 71 items; priced. Self-wrappers. - The earliest book is Frascatoro’s De sympathia et antipathia rerum (Lyon 1550) in a “Fugger” binding. The descriptions by Hans Werner Taeuber (1887-1970) are in English and his prices in US dollars. ¶ Wrapper dust-soiled.
New York, Henry Schuman Inc. / Army Medical Library, 
(26 cm), xiii (1), 361 (1) pp., with 12 black & white plates. Publisher’s black cloth. - First edition (introduction dated October 1, 1948). Describes 490 incunabula, 35 Western and 127 Oriental manuscripts (the latter catalogued by F.E. Sommer, of the John G. White Collection, Cleveland Public Library). ¶ Loosely inserted are offprints of three publications of William Jerome Wilson: “Historical Libraries – New style” (from College and Research Libraries, January 1950); “Historical source materials in medical libraries” (from Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, volume 39, No. 1, January 1951); “A Plan for a comprehensive medico-historical library: scope and coverage” (from The Library Quarterly, volume XXI, No. 4, October 1951). ¶ An excellent, unmarked copy.
(26 cm), (8) 79 (1) pp., illustrations. 36 catalogue entries. Leaf loosely inserted with entries 17a and 34a. Compliments slip (subscribed by the author) loosely inserted. Publisher’s blue printed wrappers. - Detailed descriptions of 39 early-printed books in the author’s collection, prefaced by “A Collection of Early Obstetrical Books” (reprinted from The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, volume 24, December 1951). These books, together with subsequent acquisitions (C. Doris Hellman, “Additions to the Alfred M. Hellman collection of early obstetrical books” in The Academy Bookman [New York Academy of Medicine], volume 11, no. 2, 1958, pp.2-11), were sold in an auction conducted by Bonhams, London, 10-11 October 1979. The principal buyer was H.P. Kraus (cf. his Catalogue 164, items 111-122). ¶ Title-page annotated in ink; otherwise a clean, unmarked copy.
(24 cm), 8 pp., 1 illustration. 94 items; priced. Self-wrappers. - Ziegler is best-known for a catalogue of books on alchemy (1944), for which Jung wrote the preface (Thomas Fischer, “The alchemical rare book collection of C.G. Jung” in International Journal of Jungian Studies, volume 3, September 2011, pp.172-173, 178). ¶ Wrappers dust-soiled.
(22.5 cm), 198 pp. 1515 items; priced. Self-wrappers. - Arno Benedict Luckhardt (1885-1957) was professor emeritus of physiology at the University of Chicago; according to Fulton’s prefatory memoir, he “collected broadly in the history of medicine as well as physiology, and the selection which Mr Schumann now presents in the catalogue illustrates the catholicity of his tastes and interests”. This is the second catalogue in a “new series” inaugurated by Ida Walerstein Schuman (1912-1977) after her husband, the pre-eminent dealer in medical books, Henry Schuman (1899-1962), began to concentrate on publishing. ¶ Ink spot on fore-edge; otherwise a very good, unmarked copy.
London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library / Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1995
Four volumes (31 cm), I (1962): 407 pp. II (1966): 540 pp. III (1976): xvi, 565 pp. IV (1995): xiii, 603 pp. Uniform publisher’s blue cloth. - First editions. The concluding volume (Books printed from 1641 to 1850, R-Z) published in 2006 is not present (ISBN 1841290610). ¶ Excellent, unmarked set.
(34.5 cm), (2) 107 (1) pp. 1158 catalogue entries. Publisher’s brown cloth. - Reprint of Tammaro de Marinis’s catalogue of the Vittorio Putti (1880-1940) collection of medical manuscripts, books, and autographs, originally published as La raccolta Vittorio Putti: antiche opere di medicina manoscritte e stampate lasciate all’Istituto Rizzoli di Bologna (Milan 1943). Provenance is often recorded. ¶ Fine copy.
(25 cm), 140 pp.,  p. of plates (pls.I-XXIV), text illustrations. 457 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Among the early-printed books are Ketham’s Fasciculus medicinae 1500 (item 191, $4500), Platina’s De Honesta voluptate 1475 (item 339, $4500), and Savonarola’s De Pulsibus 1487, the Pillone library copy, with its fore-edge painted by Cesare Vecellio (item 378, $3500). ¶ Unmarked copy.
Bethesda, U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare, 1967-1989
Three volumes (27 cm), I (Sixteenth century printed books, 1967): xii, 698 pp. II (Seventeenth century printed books, 1989): xiv, 1315 (1) pp. III (Eighteenth century printed books, 1979): vi, 501 (1) pp. Uniform publisher’s grey cloth. - First editions. Durling’s catalogue describes 4808 sixteenth-century books and broadsides, with geographical and name indexes of printers and publishers, a concordance of STC items, and an index of vernacular imprints. Krivatsy’s catalogue describes approximately 3300 monographs, dissertations, broadsides, pamphlets and serials, printed between 1601 and 1700; and Blake’s approximately 20,000 such items printed between 1701 and 1800. Garrison & Morton 6786.21, 6786.33. ¶ Fine set with minimal traces of use and no marks of ownership.
(26 cm), 128 pp., illustrations. 455 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A selection from the library of Herbert McLean Evans (1882-1971), that “Nestor of scientific bibliomania” (Jake Zeitlin). Catalogue compiled by Michael Horowitz. ¶ Dated in ink on upper cover, annotations in ink beside item 368; otherwise a clean copy.
St. Louis, Washington University School of Medicine Library, 1979
(25 cm), 103 (1) pp., illustrations, microfiche (5 sheets; 11 × 15 cm in pocket). 268 catalogue entries. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The first catalogue of this well-known collection of books on ophthalmology and optics; a second edition appeared in 1983, and a further revision in 1996. ¶ Light shelf wear; otherwise a very good, unmarked copy.
(24.5 cm), (2) 70 (2) pp., illustrations (1 in colour). 413 lots. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The Hellman collection is offered as lots 258-304. The collector had published descriptions of the great majority of these books, in A Collection of early obstetrical books: an historical essay with bibliographical descriptions of 37 items, including 25 editions of Roesslin’s Rosengarten (New Haven 1952); some later acquisitions were described by his daughter, Clarisse Doris Hellman, “Additions to the Alfred M. Hellman collection of early obstetrical books” in The Academy Bookman, volume 11, 1958, no. 2, pp.2-11. After her death in 1973, a portion of the Hellman collection had been dispersed by Zeitlin & Ver Brugge (Catalogue 238: Rare books in the medical sciences: including a selection of works on gynecology & obstetrics from the library of Dr Alfred M. Hellman, Los Angeles 1975). ¶ Upper wrapper abraded (without loss). Annotated copy, partly priced. No price list.
Iowa City, Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries, 1980
(27.5 cm), xiv, 474 pp., portrait-frontispiece (colour), text illustrations. Publisher’s red cloth, gilt title on blue spine label and on upper cover. - Second edition, describing 1196 books in the University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for Health Sciences. The focus is on “great books” published before 1850 and first editions of Vesalius, William Harvey, Robert Hooke, and Edward Jenner are all here. Most of the items described were given to the University by John Martin (1904-1996), a neurosurgeon and bibliophile from Clarinda, Iowa, who began collecting valuable medical books in 1947. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
(28 cm), 56 pp., illustrations. 315 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Includes (item 104, price $10,000) the manuscript register of admissions (1802-1808) to Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol’s private psychiatric clinic in Paris (now UCLA Biomedical Library, WM 29.5 P933). Ludo van Bogaert (1897-1989) donated the main part of his large library to the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (La donation du baron van Bogaert: choix de cent œuvres: exposition organisée à la Bibliothèque royale Albert 1er du 14 février au 28 mars 1992, edited by Pierre Cockshaw & Georges Colin, Brussels 1992). ¶ Unmarked copy.
Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 1982
(30 cm), xxxii, 298 pp., 89 illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - Describes 2509 books, with pagination statements and collations, provenance, and other copy-specific details. Subject index, index of provenance, geographical and name index of printers and publishers. Companion volume to G.D. Hargreaves’ catalogue of medical incunabula in Edinburgh libraries (1976). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
(29.5 cm), xlii, 390, (2) pp., 33 colour plates, 181 black & white text illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, leather spine label; original slipcase (no dust jacket issued). - A catalogue of historically important books in the history of medicine, based on an exhibition held at The Grolier Club, 20 September-23 November 1994, conceived and organized by Haskell Norman. The materials described were borrowed from various collections. The bibliographical descriptions are accompanied by essays commissioned from twenty-three experts. Printed in an edition of 1500 copies by the Stinehour Press.
Association internationale de bibliophilie, The Haskell F. Norman Collection of Science and Medicine: selections exhibited for the International Congress of Bibliophiles. San Francisco: Jeremy Norman & Co., 1985. - “This was HFN’s personal choice of his favorites from the library” (Jeremy Norman). ¶ Fine copies.
(28 cm), (4), 208 pp., frontispiece, 100 illustrations (17 in colour). Publisher’s printed boards. - Well-annotated catalogue of 93 rare medical books, once in the library of the Swedish Society of Medicine, but since 1995 deposited in the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library. Many books are little-known (only 15 figure in LeFanu’s Notable medical books from the Lilly Library, 1976) and for those printed in Scandinavia bibliographical information is not readily available. Reviewed by Roger Gaskell, in The Book Collector, Autumn 1991, pp.434-437. ¶ Light shelf-wear. Very good, unmarked copy.