If you had the opportunity to save an object from possible oblivion, what would you choose? What characteristics would that object have? Would it be beautiful art? Would it be an important scholarly work? Would it be a rare example of a particular type of thing? Would it be something that no one else in your neighborhood has?
Given our opportunity, we chose Manuel d'anatomie descriptive du corps humain, representee en planches lithographiees by Jules Cloquet (Paris : Chez Bechet jeune, 1825). This three-volume anatomical text is not only a great work of art (with 340 plates containing thousands of figures); it is the culmination of the scholarly contribution of this French surgeon, after whom a hernia, a canal, a septum, and a gland are named. An early example of a lithographic anatomical atlas, this copy is notable for its rare hand-colored plates. Not only is this now the only copy of this work in the Pacific Northwest; WorldCat shows only one other holding in American libraries.
This work joins OHSU's copy of an American edition of the Traité d'anatomie descriptive written by Jules' older brother Hippolyte.