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Biomed Rare Books, LLC


Robert Chevalier

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Books of character that reflect the rich history of medicine and the life sciences

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P.O. Box 193 , North Garden, VA, 22959, United States

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I established Biomed Rare Books in 2015 as an internet-based bookshop specializing in rare and antiquarian books and papers in medicine and the life sciences. I have been collecting and studying printed works in these fields for many years, an activity that has informed my practice of medicine and my own biological research. My bibliographical expertise has been developed by participating in a number of courses at Rare Book School, a unique institution located at the University of Virginia, and also by attending the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, a boot camp for antiquarian booksellers. In listing books and papers for sale on my website,, I try to describe the significance of their texts, to point out their cultural significance, and to highlight their value as physical objects reflecting the historical and geographical circumstances of their creation. I am particularly interested in annotated copies and inscribed copies. Where the evidence is available, I try to provide relevant information about both the original and later owners of the books in my inventory, and to comment on any annotations they have made in books formerly in their possession.

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W.C. McIntosh. The Marine Invertebrates and Fishes of St. Andrews. Edinburgh and London: Adam and Charles Black, Taylor and Francis, 1875. 12 inches tall hardcover, blue pebbled cloth boards, gilt decorative cover and spine, author's inscription top of title page, "To the Most Noble/ the Marquis of Ailsa,/ with the humble respects of his/ most obedient servant--the author," and at the bottom of the page, "proof copy," 186 pp, wood engravings throughout text, 6 color and 3 uncolored lithographic plates. Covers bright, corners bumped, light foxing to first and last pages, author's light marginal pencil notations to plates, very good.

FROM THE PREFACE: The beach at St. Andrews has afforded a harvest to numerous zoologists. The late Dr. John Reid; Professor of Medicine made many original observations on the Nudibranchiate mollusks, molluscoids, and Polyzoa. The genial Prof. Edward Forbes also knew the value of the specimens thrown ashore on the West Sands. The Plates are the earlier efforts of my late sister and the vignettes (with the exception of a sketch of the Harbour by my nephew) are reduced outlines of various pictures and coloured drawings by the same lady who, with other relatives, was equally persevering in collecting and in portraying. I have to acknowledge, in conclusion, the skilful touch of Mr. Ford in his rendering of the Plates. The Woodcuts were engraved in Edinburgh, by Mr. J. M. Corner, who spared no pains in their execution.

WILLIAM CARMICHAEL McINTOSH (1838-1931) ) was a Scottish physician and marine zoologist. He served as president of the Ray Society, and vice-president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1927-30).



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