Tractatus de morbis cutaneis

Autore: LORRY, Anne-Charles de (1726-1783)

Tipografo: Pierre Guillaume Cavelier (colophon: de l'imprimerie de Chardon)

Dati tipografici: Paris, 1777


4to (252x190 mm). [4], xvj, 704, [4] pp. Collation: [π]2 a-b4 A-Tttt4 Vvvv2. The author's name, Anne Charles Lorry, appears in the preface. Woodcut ornament on title page. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with morocco lettering piece, red edges, marbled endleaves (rather worn and rubbed). Manuscript note on title page “Verdié [?] m.D.m.”. Slightly uniformly browned, some foxing and staining.


First edition. “Lorry is regarded as the founder of French dermatology. A pupil of Jean Astruc, his most important work is his Tractatus, in which he attempted the classification of diseases on the basis of essential relations, their physiological, pathological and etiological similarities. It is the first modern text on the subject” (Garrison-Morton, 3983).

“Lorry's treatise on dermatology, which he dedicated to his friend E.L. Geoffroy, was the first French monograph devoted to the diseases of the skin […] He divided skin diseases into two groups. The first consisted of those he considered to be the external expression of an internal disease; these were the general or dépuratoires diseases, which can either invade the entire cutaneous surface or be localized. The second group consists of diseases that originate in the skin itself and do not affect other parts of the body. They can – like those of the first group – cover either small areas or the general surface of the skin. Lorry's book is a source of precise observations, but it is spoiled by an obsolete Galeno-Arabic nomenclature and archaic medical conceptions” (D.S.B., p. 506).


Waller, 6020; D.S.B., VIII, 505-507; Norman, 1392.