London, 1870. 8vo. Original full cloth with some wear. Inner hinges a bit weak, a stain to the spine ,and minor loss to upper capital. Spine cocked. Bookplate from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to inside of front board, the book-plate stating: "Presented to the Library by Mrs. WM. Boxwell in memory of her husband William Boxwell Professor of Pathology in the Schools of Surgery 1915-1943". XI (including the frontispiece), (1), 180 pp + the 40 pages long advertisement catalogue.
Scarce first edition, presentation-copy from the author, of this milestone in the history of aphasia, being one of the first books dedicated exclusively to aphasia, thus constituting one of the most important books ever written on the subject. It influenced not only the field of medicine, but also that of lingustics, psychology, and philosophy.
"One of the first books dedicated exclusively to aphasia was published in 1879 by Frederic Bateman (1824-1904) [...] In Bateman's exemplarily systematic workaltogether 72 cases (already published and his own) are discussed in order to clarify the question of localisation of speech. [...] Bateman is the first to clearly propose that aphasia could be described in terms of syndromes and the probability that each individual with aphasia has a unique pattern of symptoms. A range of symptoms and features of aphasia are presented in detail and with examples by Bateman [...] The presentation is impressive from a modern perspective and only disorders of language comprehension and syntax are missing from his extensive surgery." (Juergen Tesak and Chris Code: "Milestones in the History of Apasia. Theories and Protagonists", 2008, p. 63).