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Angélique-Marguerite LE BOURSIER DU COUDRAY Abbrégé de l'art des accouchemens dans lequel on donne les préceptes nécessaires pour le mettre heureusement en pratique & auquel on a joint plusieurs observations intéressantes sur des cas singuliers.

Angélique-Marguerite LE BOURSIER DU COUDRAY

Abbrégé de l'art des accouchemens dans lequel on donne les préceptes nécessaires pour le mettre heureusement en pratique & auquel on a joint plusieurs observations intéressantes sur des cas singuliers.

Chez Pierre Toussaints, à Saintes 1769, in-8 (13,5x20cm), x ; 184pp. (4), relié.


First illustrated in Figures 25 color intaglio P. Chappare engraved by J. Robert and a portrait of the author; after the first edition published in 1759. The 12-book was printed in various provincial towns (ours in Saintes, Charente Maritime) and distributed or sold to students.
Contemporary binding in full speckled brown sheepskin. Back with five decorated nerve nets, boxes and golden floral finials, and a piece of sheepskin as blonde. Net cold coaching plats.Toutes red edges. Three corners a bit. Paper slightly yellowed.
The plates illustrating this book were engraved on copper by J. Robert, a student of Jacob Christoph Leblon (1667-1741) who developed a technique of engraving in color mezzotint requiring three or four plates with the primary colors, foreshadowing the modern color. This technique was developed from the theory of decomposition of the color of Newton.
This book, a victim of its great success, was often reprinted by order of the king who was a pro-natalist policy. To this end, he delegated Madame Du Coudray, midwife to Queen Marie de Medici in the kingdom to develop boards for student midwives of the campaign and all the people who wanted to take care of this art.
Our copy appears to have belonged to one of the midwives as evidenced by his ex-dono "instruction book for the use of françoize Nesme fame jean gelaud [...] instruitte the college royalle surgery basaçon to practice birth by order of Bishop's steward frank county the year 1779. " --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information!

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