8vo, pp. 32; with 14 woodcut illustrations; with small paper flaw touching one letter of title-page, some occasional minor soiling and creasing, otherwise clean and crisp; a most appealing copy stitched as issued in the original yellow printed wrappers, some minor creasing to extremities.
A lovely and scarce brief health guide cum promotional brochure, providing advice on diseases of the teeth and mouth, whilst at the same time advertising a number of his own treatments for dental caries, as well as Hattute’s recently designed porcelain dentures. We have been able to find little biographical information about Hattute, though he is described on the title as ‘Chirurgien-Dentiste de l’Éta-Major général de la 1re Division militaire’, and according to an advertisement on the rear cover for his other work, Considérations pratiques sur la carie des dents, was working alongside his son. Claude Lachaise, (writing under the pseudonym of C. Sachaile de la Barre) in his work of 1845 Les médecins de Paris jugés par leurs oeuvres provides the following: ‘Hattute, officier de santé-dentiste, reçu en 1820. M. Hattute est le chirurgien de l’état -major de la 1re division militaire. Il est connu par les perfectionnemens qu’il a apportés à la fabrication des dents minérales, qui lui ont valu une mention honorable à l’exposition de 1839, et par les soins qu’il apporte à la confection et à l’ajustement des pièces de prothèse qui lui sont commandées’.
Crowley 1053; see David, Bibliogr. de l’art dentaire, p. 142 for his other publication; OCLC locates only a couple of US locations at the American Dental Association, and the NYU Langone Medical Centre, with a number of European locations cited.
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