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Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part IV / COOPER, ASTLEY PASTON. 1768-1841. A group of items

LOT 1045
A group of items:
20 – 29 June 2022, 12:00 EDT
En ligne, New York

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A group of items:
1. Autograph Letter Signed, to Dr. Gabriel De Lys, 1 p, n.p., n.d., with integral address leaf. Cooper writes: "My dear Sir, Wait on Dr. Chester with my compliments & beg to know if there is any chance of your success. The Dr has great influence and you are most welcome to say that I know you well - respect you much & believe that few if any are better informed in their profession. Yours truly, Astley Cooper. P.S. You may send this letter to Dr. Chester."
2. Autograph Note Signed, to Edward Balfour, 1 p, [London], June 20, 1837. Cooper writes: "My dear Sir, There will be no lecture today. Yours truly, Astley Cooper." A contemporary manuscript note on the address leaf states, "20 June 1837. The President Sir A. Cooper directing no lecture to be given in consequence of the death of the King."
3. A fine engraved portrait of Cooper by William Mote (1838).
4. A fine engraved portrait of Cooper by William Mote (1846). Matted size 9 x 12 inches.

Astley P. Cooper "contributed more than any other London surgeon to the brilliance of early-nineteenth century surgery.... His reputation at the height of his career was enormous, and he was able to amass a personal fortune" (Rutkow, Surgery: An Illustrated History, St. Louis, 1993, 361-363). Cooper played "a major role in raising the status of surgeons from handyman sawbones to gentlemen professionals. His high standing was based on dexterity and a firm theoretical underpinning, leading him to achieve results that many had doubted were feasible. He was also an inspiring teacher" (DMB 2:368-369). Gabriel Jean Marie de Lys (1782-1831) escaped France with his father during the Revolution and was educated in England. He received his medical degree from Glasgow University in 1808, and spent the rest of his life practicing surgery and teaching in Birmingham.

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