Historia naturalis dentium humanorum – Natuurlyke historie der tanden van den mensch [First Bilingual, Latin-Dutch Edition of John Hunter’s “A natural History of the Human Teeth”].
Dordrecht, Blussé, 1773. Quarto (19 cm x 26.5 cm). XXII, 213, (1) pages with 16 fantastic, full-page engravings on the human teeth, jaw and even depicting Tooth-Anatomy, showing details of the interior nerves of teeth, tooth sockets etc. Original 18th-century edition bound in a beautiful, early 20th – century, private binding with new endpapers and decorative spine-label. In collector’s Mylar. The text and plates throughout with faded dampstain ! Otherwise in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. This very rare volume on the History of Dentistry is very rare and still very much in collectable condition. This used to be the copy of the Association of German Dentist “Reichsverband Deutscher Dentisten” and the book has one large stamp to the pastedown and a small stamp to the lower margin of the dutch titlepage. One more decent stamp to outer margin of page 31.
Garrison / Morton lists the original (1771) english edition of this work under number 3675 and mentions: “This is a detailed study of the mouth, jaws and teeth with exceptionally accurate plates. Hunter correctly understood the growth and development of the jaws and their relation to the muscles of mastication. He coined the terms cuspids, bicuspids, molars and incisors”.