Richly illustrated treatise on „women’s diseases“ and handbook for midwives, 1747
Ludwig Wilhelm KNOER: DER BEY DEN FRAUENZIMMER KRANCKHEITEN VERNÜNFTIG CURIRENDE MEDICUS, (…) With 9 copper engraved plates. Leipzig: 1747.
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Ludwig Wilhelm KNOER: DER BEY DEN FRAUENZIMMER KRANCKHEITEN VERNÜNFTIG CURIRENDE MEDICUS, (…) Dem beygefüget die nach Pflicht und Wissenschaft in und nach der Geburt denen Kreissenden handleitende Hebamme, Sammt der vorsichtigen und sorgfältigen Kinderwärterin und guten Amme. With copper engraved frontispiece, 8 copper engraved plates and 1 woodcut vignette. Leipzig: Christian Friedrich Geßner 1747.
Small-8vo. [1 leave (front.)], 10 leaves, Signature: )(8-)()(2], 509  pages. Copper engraving, woodcut and letterpress, bound in contemporary calf on 4 raised bands over card boards, blind stamped spine title with floral decoration and multicolour marbled paste-downs.
First and only edition of this richly illustrated treatise on „women’s diseases“ and detailed handbook for midwives.
Contents, Illustration: In the first part of the book the author, a Leipzig gynaecologist, deals with so-called „women’s diseases“, i.e. menstrual cramps, infertility, pregnancy issues, but also reports about „Mutterwuth und Mannsucht“ (nymphomania). For all those issues he also provides medication and quotes receipts. The second part of Knoer’s treatise is a detailed handbook for midwives related to birth and postpartum, with 24 striking illustrations on 8 copper plates depicting mainly in uterus positions of the child during the birth process.
Condition: Top of spine with skilful restoration, pagination with error: p. 129 missing though signature correct, alas a complete copy; pp. 257-385 with heavy foxing, book-block partly cut at margins to fit the binding, without text loss however.
Rarity: Of outstanding rarity in trade. Although well represented in institutional holdings, present book was and is of outstanding rarity in trade. As of Nov. 2021 no other copy is available at the market and according to JAP/APO and RBH only 2 copies were sold at auctions within the last 100 years (1988, 1979).
Reference: Hirsch III, 506 (quotes a wrong title); not at Proksch, Waller and Garrison-M.