|VIRCHOW, Rudolf. Die Krankhaften
Geschwülste. Vols. I-III, [all published]. Berlin: August Hirschwald, 1863-1867.
Three volumes in four. Octavo, original printed wrappers, uncut. Housed
in custom cloth slipcase with chemises. $4800.
First edition, in scarce original
wrappers, of Virchow's pioneering work on tumor pathology.
"Tumors were perhaps Virchow's
greatest interest, and in 1863 he began publication of what was to be a
comprehensive treatise on this subject. It was never completed, for
Virchow stopped when he reached the point where carcinoma was to be
discussed, probably because of the vigorous attack which Remak and
others were making on his conception of the histogenesis of epithelioma.
Nevertheless this work remains one of the great source-books on cancer."
-Haagensen, An Exhibit of Important Books Illustrating the Evolution
of the Knowledge of Cancer
Publisher's catalogue at end of vol.
I; two plates, and illustrations in text. Some occasional dampstaining and pale spotting, manuscripts notes laid into vol. I offset on two leaves, upper corner of last leaf and wrapper of vol. I torn
away. Garrison-Morton 2617; Waller 1001. Provenance: J. van der Hoeven (signatures dated 1863 and 1900 on first wrapper; bookplate in the last
volume). Generally found bound up in three volumes, it is extremely rare
in the original four parts.
an image of the cloth slipcase, please click thumbnail below: