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First published in 1858 and now in its 41st edition, Gray’s Anatomy has long been regarded as one of the most important and influential textbooks on the subject. In the 1940s The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh received a partial set of first edition final page proofs of the first edition of ‘Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical’, bearing handwritten corrections made by its author Henry Gray (1827-61). The proofs, complete with ink splodges, are of huge interest not just for historians of medicine or book publishing, but also serve as a fascinating insight into the relationship between Henry Gray and his medical illustrator Henry Vandyke Carter (1831-97). Until relatively recently, the latter’s crucial contribution to Gray’s Anatomy has been largely obscured and - from study of the proof’s title page - one could be forgiven for thinking this was the intention of the more ambitious anatomist and surgeon Gray.

As part of Rare Books Edinburgh, The Library and Archive of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh are delighted to welcome Dr Ruth Richardson, whose 2008 book, “The Making of Mr. Gray’s Anatomy” is a fascinating study capturing every detail of the creation of the book, and the individuals who made it happen. Dr Richardson also wrote the introduction for the 150th anniversary of Gray’s Anatomy in 2008.

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