Lot 7: Antonio Scarpa handwritten signed letter
11th October 2017
Italian anatomist (1752–1832) who wrote several important treatises on a wide range of anatomical and medical subjects. ALS in Italian, signed “A. Scarpa,” one page, 7.5 x 10, December 29, 1808. Letter to Giorgio Passega, a famous surgeon at the hospital in Ferrara, in part (translated): “Your letter has reached me in Milan, though where I found myself for a month to follow the delivery of the vice queen. I am infinitely grateful for the sentiments of friendship that you keep for me, and I am also grateful for the information that you send.” He goes on to discuss at length his work on hernias, asking the surgeon’s advice. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered holes from ink erosion throughout the text, show-through from address panel to reverse, and expected paper loss to bottom edge from seal removal. The following year, Scarpa published Sull’ernie memorie anatomic-chirurgiche, a treatise on the hernia; his supplemental work on it contained the first discussion of the perineal hernia. Three years later he published another authoritative work on the subject. A rare letter boasting exceptional medical content.
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