Die Plastische Chirurgie Nach Ihren Bisherigen Leistungen Kritisch Dargestellt.

Berlin: Reimer, 1842.

First edition, a wonderful copy in completely original state, of the first critical review of the new field of plastic surgery, and the second comprehensive work on the subject, preceded only by Eduard Zeis’s Handbuch der plastischen Chirurgie of 1838. Von Ammon was in fact Zeis’s teacher, and he persuaded Zeis to write his Handbuch, which Zeis then dedicated to von Ammon and to Dieffenbach. In his Die Literatur und Geschichte der plastischen Chirurgie (1863), Zeis wrote: ‘Von Ammon had already rendered good service to this branch of surgery over a long period of time, by the number of plastic operations which he had carried out – and also by his various papers, particularly on the physiology of transplanted tissue, when he published with Baumgarten in 1842 his Kritik der plastischen Chirurgie [an alternative title], for which they were awarded a prize by the Medical Society of Ghent. Very little new material had appeared after my textbook [Handbuch], so that it was only necessary for these authors to add a few details and to give a critical discussion of the material which I had collected” (Zeis, p. 108). Ammon “exercised a tremendous influence on the plastic surgery of his time. His friendship with Dieffenbach induced him to make great contributions to plastic surgery, both through his critical reports and his publication of new methods, especially for the areas of the lips and lids” (Gabka & Vaubel, Plastic Surgery Past and Present, p. 134). Ammon is best known for his work in ophthalmology, notably for his great atlas of the pathology of the eye. He took a special interest in ophthalmic plastic surgery and gives a full account of blepharoplasty and canthoplasty in this book. Rare in this condition.

“Friedrich August von Ammon (1799-1861) was a German surgeon and ophthalmologist born in Göttingen. He was the son of theologian Christoph Friedrich von Ammon (1766–1850). He studied medicine at the Universities of Göttingen and Leipzig, and following an educational journey through Germany and Paris, he settled in Dresden in 1823 as a physician. Here his primary focus dealt with surgical and surgical-anatomical duties. In 1828 he attained the title of professor, becoming director of the surgical-medical academy in Dresden. In 1837 he was named royal physician to Friedrich August II, King of Saxony. Known for his work in ophthalmology, he was instrumental in making Dresden a center of ophthalmic learning during his lifetime. In 1830 founded Zeitschrift für die Ophthalmologie, an early journal devoted to ophthalmology. In his prize-winning book, De Iritide (1835), he made contributions involving investigations of iritis and sympathetic ophthalmia. His most ambitious written effort in the field of ophthalmology was Klinische Darstellung der Krankheiten und Bildungsfehler des menschlichen Auges (1838-47), a monograph acclaimed for its comprehensive treatment of eye disease, as well as for its superb hand-colored illustrations and its descriptions of congenital eye anomalies. One of Ammon's earlier works was an impartial comparative study between French and German surgery titled Vergleich zwischen französischer und deutscher Chirurgie (1823)” (Wikipedia, accessed 24 April, 2018).

Albert, Norton & Hurtes 58. Becker catalogue 15. Garrison-Morton 5744. Wallace, Progress of plastic surgery 47. Zeis, Index 463.



8vo (230 x 150 mm), pp. xxvi, 310, original printed boards, unopened.

Item #4517

Price: $4,500.00