KERLIN, I. N., J. PARRISH and F. GUTEKUNST. The Mind Unveiled; Or: A Brief History Of Twenty-two Imbecile Children. 147 pp. Frontispiece, 1 black and white plate and 5 tipped-in hand cut salt-prints from glass plates. 8vo., bound in publisher's cloth, in a new red cloth folding box. Philadelphia: U. Hunt & Son, 1858.
First edition of the "first photographically illustrated medical book published in the United States" (Goldschmidt & Naef). It is also, according to Stanley Burns, in his Early medical photography in America, the first book in the psychiatric field and perhaps the entire medical field published with actual photographs."
The number of plates varies from copy to copy. Copies are known with one photograph, with two photographs (as in TheTruthful Lens citation) and with five photographs. Copies at the Clements Library, Ann Arbor, and Harvard each contain four. Two and a half lines underlined in the introduction. Occasional foxing, however the photographs are fine, clean impressions. A rare book, with the only copy we could find at auction appearing in 2007.
Goldschmidt & Naef, Truthful Lens 97.
Item nr. 165704