[CIVIL WAR—MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY .]

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Lot 3046
[CIVIL WAR┬ŚMEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY .]

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[CIVIL WAR—MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY .]
Otis, George A., editor. Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens. [Washington, D.C.: Army Medical Museum, 1865 or later.] Illustrated with 50 large albumen prints (generally about 9 ½ x 7 ½ inches) mounted to cardstock (13 ¼ x 10 inches), and one small albumen print (3 ½ by 2 ¼ inches) mounted to verso of another image, each with explanatory text mounted to verso. 4to. Rebound in full brown buffalo, gilt-lettered spine. Title-page in pen (a replacement?), some minor separation of cardstock, prints with some occasional fading, but generally very good, tissue guards absent, some light soiling, covers with spine slightly faded.

The Army Medical Museum was founded in 1862 with the goal of collecting and classifying battlefield injuries, wounds, and war-related illnesses. Under the curation of Bvt. Lt. Col. George A. Otis, the museum enlisted the services of photographers William Bell and E.J. Ward to shoot hundreds of images of wounded soldiers and civilians as well as pathologic specimens. 400 of the images were issued in 8 fifty-image volumes from 1865-1882, the above being an example. Unlike medical photographs of the late 19th and 20th centuries, these examples often not only document the maladies, but also display a portrait-style approach to the subjects. Although individual images from this series occasionally surface, the complete volumes are extremely rare and no copies appear in American Book Prices Current at least since 1976.
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