FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. xii, 759,  + photographic frontispiece. Errata slip tipped in at p. 1. Original black cloth, boards bordered with blind rules, spine lettered in gilt between blind rules. Page edges toned. Spine ends worn and a short crack to head of front joint, front pastedown showing small abrasions from removal of something pasted in. Pencilled shelfmark to front pastedown, offsetting to flyleaf from inscription (from removed insertion – perhaps a prize label?).
The Warren Anatomical Museum, now part of Harvard's Countway Library of Medicine, was established in 1847 with the personal collection of Harvard professor John Collins Warren. The first curator, John Barnard Swett Jackson (1806-1879), also Dean of Harvard Medical School and first Shattuck Professor of Morbid Anatomy, compiled this catalogue listing the then nearly 4,000 items in the collection (now over 15,000 specimens). The frontispiece is four photographic images of the skull of Phineas Gage, one of the most famous items in the collection - Gage survived having a metre-long tamping iron blasted through his head in a railway construction accident, living for a further 12 years.