Chirurgie (Surgery
Chirurgie (Surgery
Chirurgie (Surgery
Chirurgie (Surgery
Chirurgie (Surgery

DIDEROT, Denis. Chirurgie (Surgery)

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DIDEROT, Denis. Chirurgie (Surgery) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 3 Paris (1763)

Folio, 253 x 393mm. 55 pages of descriptive text & 45 loose plates with their accompanying 2 text sheets. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.
The 37 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Chirurgie from volume III of plates with the additional 8 plates from the Supplementary Plates Volume. Plates from volume III are numbered 1-36, excluding the suite's frontispiece, with plates 13 & 14 continuing onto a second sheet. The supplementary plates are numbered 1-8.
Also with the relevant entries listed under Chirurgien in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol I (1780)
5 pages (350-354) from volume III of the Encyclopédie (1753) including La chirurgie en général
3 pages (212, 802 & 803) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on Hippocrate habile dans cet art and Les instrumens de chirurgie
12 pages (929-940) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Maladies chirurgicales
6 pages (496-501) from volume XI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including L'Opérateurs and Les opérations chirurgicales
4 pages (246 & 355-357) from volume III of the Encyclopédie (1753) which includes Chirurguiens du Châtelet and Les chirurgiens en général under Chirurgien
1 page (926) from volume VII of the Encyclopédie (1757) which includes information on Greffiers qui lui appartiennent under Chirurgien
6 pages (496-498 & 902-904) from volume IX of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Qualités nécessaires dans un chirurgien confidéré comme opérateur and Maître en chirurgie under Chirurgien
12 pages (929-940) from volume XIV of the Encyclopédie (1765) which includes information on Semaines d'épreuves pour les aspirans à la maîtrise de chirurgie under Chirurgien
6 pages (448-452 & 882) from volume III of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1777) which includes Chirurgien major : ses fonctions and Chirurgiens royaux under Chirurgien
With some browning to a few leaves.

The suite of plates on Chirurgie begins with its own allegorical frontispiece by Bonaventure-Louis Prévost. Many different pieces of apparatus follow, including saws, grinders, drills, shears and scalpels. Surgical procedures and dissections are shown, with detailed illustrations of operations on the eyes, reproductive organs and the bladder. Orthopedic procedures are explained, and a number of prosthetic devices are also shown. Surgery chairs, bandages, straps and braces are shown as well. Also included are the text entries for Chirurgie by Chevalier Louis de Jaucourt, the aristocrat who contributed around one quarter of the Encyclopédie, and a number of papers by Antoine Louis, a French surgeon who built the first prototype for the guillotine. His entries include Chirurgiens, Instruments en Chirurgie, Opérateur, Opération, Opération Césarienne and Hopitaux d'Armée.

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