Early vaccines & Weimar hygiene.

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Our latest Human Sciences list is dedicated to the theme of public health; primarily focused on early vaccination on the Continent (1766-1835), with highlights on vaccine science, logistics, and rhetoric/debate. A supplementary section represents themes and aesthetics from the Weimar-era hygiene movement, through a range of materials issuing from the pioneering Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden.

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Petit, Antoine
Rapports en faveur de l'inoculation. Lûs à la Faculté de Médecine de Paris, & imprimés par son ordre.
Paris: Chez Dessain Junior, 1766.
$ 1200 USD (SOLD)
Two volumes; octavos. Original rough wrappers (21.5 cm.), with waste-manuscript to versos. Light staining to wraps. Title taken from collective half-title page to first volume; otherwise: Premier [-seconde] rapport en faveur de l’inoculation, lû dans l’Assemblée de la Faculté de Médicine de Paris, en l’année 1764 [-1766], & imprimé par son ordre. Contents: xiv, 147 pages / [8], 242, [2] pages. Light damp-staining to pages, with clean-tear (no loss) to pp. 55-56 of second volume; otherwise, a well-preserved set of this uncommon work in original wrappers.

Voltaire, 1727: “On dit doucement, dans l'Europe chrétienne, que les Anglais sont des fous et des enragés: des fous, parce qu'ils donnent la petite vérole à leur enfans, pour les empêcher de l'avoir; des enragés, parce qu'ils communiquent de gaité de coeur à ces enfans une maladie certaine et affreuse, dans la vue d'un mal incertain.”

The British had started to embrace the practice of variolation—inoculation to smallpox via exposure to minute quantities of the virus—as early as 1821, when Lady Mary Wortley Montagu advocated for widespread use amidst a fresh outbreak in London, having earlier variolated her son in Constantinople, where the practice was commonplace. The French, however (as per Voltaire above), remained skeptical, and inoculation was unevenly pursued. It wasn't until 1763, amidst another smallpox epidemic—and a heated debate surrounding the costs/benefits of voluntarily exposing children to a lethal pathogen—that the leading French Court ordered a prohibition on further inoculations, pending opinions that they commissioned from the Faculties of Theology and of Medicine at the Université de Paris.

Early-on, the Committee from the Faculty of Medicine split-off into two rival groups; pro and con. Representing the opinion of the pro-inoculation faction, Antoine Petit would read two separate reports to the Faculty in 1764 and 1766 (both published in this two volume set in 1766). With the first Report, Petit focused on using well-reasoned and accessible discourse to refocus the Public away from the emotionality of the debate, and to focus instead on the (national) ideal of Public Health, and the resulting benefits that a future without smallpox would bring. With the second Report, Petit and his colleagues addressed the specific concerns of the Ant'Inoculistes; including a post-script addressing their popular talking-point concerning the breakthrough infection of Madame la Duchesse de Bouffleurs (who managed to acquire smallpox despite having previously been inoculated). Ultimately, in 1768, a majority of the Medical Faculty would respond to the Parisian Court with a ruling in favour of the public adoption of inoculation, albeit without universal mandates.

With 5 OCLC records discovered in North America; uncommon to the trade.

Pinel, Philippe / Thouret, Michel-Augustin 
Rapport du Comité Central de Vaccine, établi a Paris par la Société des Souscripteurs pour l'examen de cette découverte.
Paris: Chez Mme Ve. Richard / Impr. de Guilleminet, 1803.
$ 850 USD (SOLD)
Octavo. Later nineteenth century binding; half-leather over papered boards (20 cm.), with leather lettering piece to spine and simple gilt ruling. With bookplate to front pastedown (Bibliothèque de M. de Barante) and associated shelf- marks. Contents: xiv, [2], 460 pages. Includes lists of the members of the Société des Souscripteurs and of the Committee's 500+ medical correspondents, along with mortality tables for previous smallpox epidemic in Paris. Crisp and bright; this copy preserved in remarkable condition.

With Edward Jenner's discovery happening in the midst of the French Revolutionary Wars, it took some time before the smallpox vaccine would successfully cross the English Channel. Key to this migration was the return of the Duke de La Rochefoucauld-Liancort from exile; with the Duke soon-after organizing a Society committed to a thorough investigation of Jenner's vaccine claims, composed of the likes of Talleyrand and Lucien-Bonaparte.

Thus, under the august direction of Philippe Pinel and Michel-Augustin Thouret, the Société commissioned a Comité Central de Vaccine in 1800 to commence rigorous experimentation of the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, whilst organizing—and directing logistics for—Paris’ first free vaccination clinic for volunteers.

Here, after three years of successful study, the Comité was prepared to issue its final report, confidently recommending the adoption of the English innovation. The report being prefaced by a letter of approval from Jean-Antoine Chaptal, as Revolutionary Minister of the Interior.

With a dozen OCLC records discovered in North America.

Parfait, [J.] / (Rousseau, Jean-Jacques)
Mon journal de l'an 1807, ou Voila les gens du 18me. siècle. De la vaccine, etc... / Reflexions historiques et critiques sur les dangers de la variole naturelle; sur les différentes méthodes de traitement; sur les avantages de l'inoculation et les succès de la vaccine, pour l'extinction de la variole.
Paris: Chez Allut / Chez l'Auteur et a l'Imprimerie des Hospices Civils, 1808/[1805].
$ 950 USD (SOLD)
Octavo. Two works later-bound together (in reverse chronological order); leather spine with gilt ornamentation & lettering piece ("Parfait / Vaccine"), over marbled boards (20.5 cm.). Contents: [2], ii, 221, [1] pages [with p. 153 erroneously appearing as 253] / [2], 96 pp.; illustrated towards end by 4 pp. of forms from the Bureau de la Societé de la Vaccine. Preserved in Fine condition.

Two early—and quite animated—pro-vaccine works from J. Parfait, doctor to the Prince of Neuchâtel and one of the key members in the experimental vaccination clinic of Philippe Pinel and Michel-Augustin Thouret’s Comité Central de Vaccine in Paris.

In the first-bound work (Mon journal de l’an 1807—ou, Voila les gens du 18me. siècle) Parfait documents his philosophes-fuelled incredulity, in the face of the anti-vaccination sentiment that was spreading throughout Europe; taking particular aim at three recently-translated English critiques of Jenner (from William, Rowley, and Moseley), which he accuses of misinformation. With clear anxiety for a post-truth culture, Parfait returns to the theme of education-as-practice, reproducing a 1764 letter from Rousseau on the matter.

The second-bound work was first published in much-shorter form (23 pp.) as Parfait’s thesis in 1804. In addition to offering rich anecdotes from Parfait's participation in the earliest French vaccination campaign, it’s notable for preserving the prospectus of the Societé pour l’extinction de la petite-vérole en France par la propagation de la vaccine, as well as a number of vaccination documents/forms from the Bureau de la Societé de la Vaccine (Ministère de l’Intérieur).

Somewhat curiously: both works conclude with odes to Joseph Berchaux, the author of the eponymous work La gastronomie (1801).

For the first work: 3 OCLC records discovered (NLM, Yale, and Hamburg); not in BnF. NB: although it’s stated as second edition to title page, there is no record of a first. For the second work, OCLC records 5 copies; three of those outside of the Continent (Wellcome, Harvard, NLM).

Buniva, Michele
Istruzione pratica sulla maniera la piu' conveniente di estrarre, conservare, trasportare ed inocular il vaccino.
Torino: Stamperia Dipartimentale, 1809.
$ 600 USD (SOLD)
Pamphlet. Plain contemporary wrappers (21 cm.), with ink stains to front panel (not showing-through past verso). Contents: 42 pages, followed by [2] pp. of forms; quite mild foxing. Text in Italian, save for forms in French.

With the smallpox vaccine dependent on successfully extracting biological material from livestock infected with cowpox, Jenner's discovery required logistical innovation before it could begin to show population-level benefits. (One of the reasons for the slow uptake of the vaccine in France: four failed attempts at successfully importing, transporting, and administering the vaccine). 

Reporting to the Commissione Centrale di Vaccina in Turin, the Italian vaccine pioneer (and veterinarian) Michele Buniva here details a step-by-step series of practical measures to secure a stable supply of "perfect" (as opposed to "false" or "bastard") vaccine for Piedmont—from the minutiae of extracting materials from infected cows, to developing standards for transportation, conservation, and human inoculation. Bound at rear: two sample forms from the Département du Pô (printed in French), for officials to use in registering individual vaccinations and smallpox infections.

A scarce pamphlet from an important figure in the history of vaccination. With 3 OCLC records discovered in North America (NLM, Yale, UCLA); only a single Italian copy located via SBN.

Ponta, Gioachino / (Bodoni, Giambattista)
Il trionfo della vaccinia. Poema di Gioachino Ponta, genovese.
Parma: Co' Tipi Bodoniani, 1810.
$ 600 USD (SOLD)

Quarto. Half-leather over marbled boards (23.5 cm.), with gilt lettering and ornamentation to spine. With armorial bookplate of Dimitrij Petrovich, Comte de Boutourlin to front pastedown; additional ownership ticket to front endpaper. Contents: [12], 302, [2] pages. Minor foxing, mostly to preliminaries (typical of this edition); otherwise a clean copy with wide margins. From an edition of 250.

From the final years of Giambattista Bodoni's output, while he was working on his Manuale tipografico; an impassioned didactic poem on the triumph of the smallpox vaccine, of which Jenner himself noted in a letter: "I have very lately received from Italy, a poem Il trionfo della vaccinia, by Gioachino Ponta, who, I hope, is a bard of celebrity, for he has spun it out to between 4,000 and 5,000 lines. It is beautifully printed, at the famous press of Bodoni at Parma. Knowing nothing of the language in which it is written, it lies before me in tantalizing shape. I shall bring it to town. If it is a good thing, cannot we transform it into English?" 

Dedicated to Joachim Murat (then-known as Gioacchino Napoleone, King of Naples), Ponta's poem unfolds across five cantos (with lengthy appendices of footnotes)—in which he sings of the origins and spread of smallpox, the practice of variolation ("la cura arabica"), the bourgeoning understanding of infectious diseases (including syphilis), and finally, Jenner's discovery of the vaccine and its adoption, both throughout Europe and locally. Notably, despite Jenner's curiosity, the poem was not translated into English.

With over a dozen OCLC records discovered in North America; this copy issuing from the famous library of Dimitrij Petrovich, Comte de Boutourlin.

Gensana, Tomasso 
Dottrina vaccinica in dialoghi. Compilata e pubblicata per ordine del Signor Prefetto della Stura.
Cuneo, [Piemonte]: Presso Pietro Rossi, Stampatore della Prefettura, 1812.
$ 450 USD (SOLD)
Pamphlet. Later marbled wrappers (21 cm.). Previous owner's blind-stamp to title page. Contents: 8, 55, [1] pages. Dedication to Augusto Giuseppe de la Vieuville (Napoleonic Prefect) written in French; remainder of text in Italian. With contemporary annotations (often-lengthy) to margins.

A doctor from Saluzzo, Tommaso Gensana had delivered an impassioned speech against anti-vaxxers to the Società d'Agricoltura in 1808 (published in the following year as Del vajuolo vaccino...). As follow-up, the local Napoleonic Prefect asked Gensana to compose a didactic text that could function as discursive antidote; with Gensana here offering his "catéchisme de vaccine: clair, précis, écrit dans la langue la plus familière au peuple, et par le moyen duquel on répandrait aisément la connaissance de tout ce qu'il y a d'essentiel à savoir sur ce spécifique..."

The text is organized in question-and-answer format, covering general principles of vaccine science, concerns over safety and symptoms, as well as specific curiosities (such as how cowpox is extracted and conserved). This copy enhanced by a contemporary reader, whose quite-detailed notes engage with Gensana's text; sometimes skeptically, with cross-references. 

Scarce. With a single OCLC record discovered (BnF); another six Italian copies via SBN.

Victor Emmanuel I, King of Sardinia
Lettres-patentes par lesquelles Sa Majesté donne des dispositions générales relativement à la vaccine. [Followed by]: Réglement sur la vaccine.
Chambéry: Chez Pierre Albera, 1er juillet, 1819.
$ 350 USD (SOLD)
Folio document; 16 pages. Cover page illustrated after arms of the Kingdom of Sardinia; very minor foxing, with some light staining to final pages. Text in French.
A letters-patent document issued by Victor Emmanuel I, outlining the administrative structure and protocols via which the Kingdom of Sardinia would attempt to eradicate smallpox through vaccination. Considers: measures to maintain supply and distribution, the development of free vaccination programmes for the poor and orphans, the maintenance of a central registry, and the establishment of vaccine passports ("certificats"). Anyone involved in the Colleges—or the educational and charitable systems more broadly—were hereby given six months to acquire a vaccine passport (or to prove natural immunity), or face expulsion.

With no OCLC records discovered; neither in BnF nor SBN.

Emiliani, Luigi
Risultamenti della Vaccinazione praticata in Bologna dall'anno 1802 a tutto l'anno 1822, diretti ai parochi, ai capi di famiglia, a tutti quelli che hanno cura della pubblica o privata educazione.
Bologna: Anessio Nobili, 1822 [but 1823].
$ 850 USD (SOLD)
Large octavo in vellum boards (21 cm.); some splaying. Contents: [2], viii, 3-234, [2] pages. Illustrated after a dozen tables, and two hand-coloured folding plates bound at rear, composed of 4 comparative figures (including title image above). Some dampstains to plates, with flyspecking mostly to versos.

Dedicated to heads-of-household and educators—who he names as the protectors of the nation’s most important “natural resource;” i.e. the health of the next generation—Dr. Luigi Emiliani here offers counsel on the merits of vaccination (and dispels the arguments of its critics), based on his twenty years of experience. Said experience is rendered quite concrete—with almost shocking disregard for privacy—through the twelve double-paged tables that display the names, ages, and locales of the 85 patients whose vaccinations he oversaw during that period. 

The work concludes with two striking plates depicting infected children, which Emiliani offers as annotated reference—so that guardians can distinguish between smallpox and chickenpox, and can monitor the progress of the vaccine’s normal 14 day course of symptoms (with a rather clever instance of information visualization; as the symptoms progress upwards, along the child's arm). 

Called to the Chair in Clinical and Practical Medicine at the University of Modena in 1823, Emiliani would publish a dozen works on epidemiology and infectious diseases. 

With 9 OCLC records discovered in North America; some of those records only noting a single folding plate.

Bufalini, Maurizio
Intorno all' utilità della vaccinazione. Discorso diretto al popolo.
Ancona: Tipografia Baluffi, 1835.
$ 350 USD (SOLD)
Pamphlet. Contemporary purple wrappers (20 cm.). Faint damp-stains to title page. Contents: 24 pages.

In the same year that the celebrated doctor Maurizio Bufalini received the Chair in Clinical Medicine at Santa Maria Nuova in Florence, he was commissioned by the Magistrate of Ancona to write this tract—"con parole di amore"—to reassure citizens of the efficacy of vaccines; two decades after their introduction. 

Bufalini—who would help usher in an evidence-based approach to medical education—here addresses a popular anxiety about the potential failure of Jenner's vaccine, amidst a resurgence of smallpox infections, even amongst the vaccinated. While mentioning the dangers of "false" vaccination (from failed batches), Bufalini spends the majority of the text introducing his readers to statistical/probabilistic thinking (to overcome the hyperboles of the anecdotal). 

Scarce, with only a single OCLC record discovered (Wellcome); another 2 Italian copies in SBN.

(Buniva, Michele) / De-Rolandis, G.M. 
Cenni necrologici sopra il Professore Michele Buniva, membro dell' Istituto R. di Francia ed introduttore del vaccino in Piemonte ecc., ecc., ecc.
Torino: Stamperia Speriani, 1835.
$ 150 USD
Pamphlet. Plain green wrappers. Contents: 20 pages; gatherings un-opened.

A concise biography of the celebrated Buniva, published in the year following his death (the text first appearing in the Repertorio medico-chirurgico del Piemonte). Addressing his roles as vaccine pioneer, veterinarian, instructor, medical practitioner, and public health official. With a list of his Society memberships/awards and a bibliography.

With single OCLC record discovered (Lyon); an additional 6 Italian copies via SBN.

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
[Group of 17 public health exhibition catalogues, monographs and Museum guides]. 
Dresden: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, 1921-1955 (mostly). 
$ 1000 USD (SOLD)
This group composed of three sections: Eight exhibition catalogues (each showing 2 or fewer copies via OCLC): (1) Die Tuberkulose und ihre Bekämpfung Ausstellung... (1921). Illustrated wraps (19 cm.); 47, [1] pages. Chip to lower corner of cover; (2) Zur Einführung in die Sammlung "Der Mensch" (1921). Illus. wraps (18.5 cm.); 48 pp. with numerous b&w images. Minor damp-staining to upper corner; (3) Der Mensch in Gesunden und Kranken tagen... (ca. 1927). Illus. wraps (19 cm.); 84 pp., illustrated throughout after b&w images; (4) Die Geschlechts-Krankheiten und ihre Bekämpfung... (1928). Illus. wraps (18 cm.); 51, [1] pp., illustrated with numerous b&w images; (5) Volk und Rasse (1934). Nazi-themed illus. wraps (18 cm.), with some wear to spine. Contents: 32 pp., illustrated after numerous b&w images; (6) Was leistet Dein Körper? Two items from the bio-metrics exhibition Erkenne Dich selbst (1940): a 12 pp. illustrated catalogue (self-wrappers, 17 cm.), detailing the 12 various bio-metric stations, and a corresponding chart accomplished in pencil for Dr. Erich Joseph Thiel; revealing his measured recordings for pulse, eyesight, strength, lung capacity, etc., along with his fingerprint; (7) Die Frau: eine allgemeinverständliche Darstellung für den Ausstellungsbesucher (1952). Illus. wraps (20.5 cm.); minor foxing. Contents: 56 pp; illustrated throughout after line drawings; and (8) Erkenne dich selbst! Eine allgemeinverständl (1955). Illus. wraps (21 cm.). Contents: 52 pp. and xvi pp. of adverts; illustrated after numerous woodcuts. Six monographs: (9) Fetscher, Rainer. Grundzüge der Erblichkeitslehre (1929). Illus. wraps (22 cm.). Contents: 70, [2] pp.; illustrated after numerous b&w images and charts. With 4 OCLC records discovered in North America. Third issue from the Museum's publication series Leben und Gesundheit; this on the doctrine of heredity; (10) Schultze, Günther. Hygiene der Frau und ihre biologischen Grundlagen (1939). Debossed cloth boards (18.5 cm.). Contents: 140, [4] pp.; illustrated after numerous in-text woodcuts and 2 b&w plates; and four volumes from the series Durch Volksgesundheit zur Leistungssteigerung: (11) Zorn, Dr. Hans. Kranke Zähne — kranker Körper (1954, vol. 2). Wraps (21 cm.) printed green-on-tan; 12 pp; (12) Linser, Karl. Das Wesen der Geschlechtskrankheiten (1956, vol. 8). Wraps (21 cm.) printed green-on-tan; 48 pp.; (13) Boenheim, Prof. Dr. Felix. Innere Sekretion (1955, vol. 21). Wraps (21 cm.) printed green-on-tan; 22, [2] pp.; and (14) Baumann, Dr. Rudolf. Schlaf und Dauerschlafbehandlung (1955, vol. 24). Wraps (21 cm.) printed green-on-tan; 22, [2] pages. And three Museum guides and histories: (15) Albrecht, Egon Erich. Das Deutsche Hygiene-Museum und sein Internationaler Gesundheitsdienst. Eine Denkschrift (1931). Stiff wraps (25.5 cm.), printed with red titles. Contents: 127, [1] pages; illustrated throughout after handsome b&w photos by Rudolf Kramer. This copy featuring a 1938 Nazi erratum slip bound at front. With only two OCLC records outside the Continent (Oxford, Maryland); (16) Führer durch das Deutsche Hygiene Museum Dresden (1937). Illus. wraps (18.5 cm.). Contents: 64 pages + xxiv pp. of adverts; well-illustrated after b&w photographs. Guidebook, with folding map of the Museum bound at rear. With single OCLC record discovered in North America (Washington); and (17) Gläserne Figuren (ca. 1980). Focused on the Museum's famously transparent models of humans and animals. Illustrated self-wraps (21 cm.); 12 pp., numerous b&w photographs. With single OCLC record discovered outside of the Continent (Wellcome).

A group of 16 publications from the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden; the pioneering public health institution that emerged from the 1911 International Hygiene Exhibition, spearheaded by German industrialist—and mouthwash/toothpaste entrepreneur—Karl August Lingner (1861-1916). 

Under the symbol of the all-seeing eye of the Hygiene movement, the Museum was at the forefront of the post-War wave of public education, combining state-of-the-art technologies and information visualization techniques with lifelike models to communicate knowledge of anatomy, diet, and proactive health care to the masses of the Weimar Republic.

Comprised of eight exhibition catalogues, five monographs, and three museum guides, the present group documents the themes explored by the Museum over a 35 year period (e.g. tuberculosis, women's and workers' health, venereal diseases, dental and sleep hygiene); notably capturing the subsumption of the Museum's public health agenda by Nazi ideology (e.g. heredity, race, bio-metrics). The erratum slip bound-into a 1938 Museum guide makes it clear that the previously-published text needed to be approached by readers in light of the "new period of advancement" that the country had embarked upon.

(Kreis, Wilhelm) / Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Bericht über die Grundsteinlegung des Deutschen Hygiene-Museums in Dresden, 7. und 8. Oktober, 1927.
Dresden: Limpert, 1927. 
$ 250 USD (SOLD)
Illustrated tan wrappers (24 cm.); some creasing. Contents: 78 pages; well-illustrated after b&w photos. Text in German. 

For its first few decades, the Hygiene-Museum was without a proper home, until the celebrated architect Wilhelm Kreis took up the cause, with his purpose-built museum completed in-time for the 1930-1931 International Hygiene Exposition. It would remain the Museum’s permanent home until being destroyed by Allied bombs in 1945. 

Here: an early report on the progress of the building's construction, with documentation of the laying of the foundation stone on October 7, 1927.

With only a single OCLC record discovered in North America (NLM).

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
[Large collection of Hygiene-Museum postcards].
Dresden, ca. 1911-1950s.
$ 400 USD (SOLD)

Group of 60 illustrated postcards (some colour; mostly photographic), divided into three sections: (i) 16 postcards from the inaugural 1911 International Hygiene Exhibition; (ii) 19 postcards from the 1930-1931 Exhibition; and (iii) 25 later postcards representing Museum architecture and exhibitions. Of these postcards, 33 include manuscript correspondence to their versos (often lengthy), with four of those also featuring the vibrant blue decorative Museum stamp from the 1911 Exhibition.

This collection of tourist postcards, mostly self-published by Dresden's Hygiene-Museum for its visitors, offers a window onto museological marketing over the course of five decades—as well as a view onto visitor experience, with dozens of these postcards enhanced by manuscript commentaries (in both German and French). With a notable emphasis on the Museum's blend of neo-classical/New Objectivist architecture.

More images available upon request.

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
[Ephemera relating to the 1930-1931 International Hygiene Exhibition].
Dresden, 1930-1931.
$ 300 USD (SOLD)
Group of ephemeral materials issuing from the 1930-1931 Internationale Hygiene Ausstellung, Dresden. Namely: (1) a guidebook: Führer durch das Deutsche Hygiene-Museum mit einem Vorwort über die Internationale Hygiene-Ausstellung und einem Führer durch Dresden als Anhang; illustrated wrappers (18 cm.), with 44 pages of content, followed by [6] pages of Dresden-area advertisements. Illustrated after three exhibition floorplans, and two b&w photographs; (2) Uebersichtsplan (1930), with illustrated card-stock wrappers (17.5 cm.) preserving folding map of the Exhibition grounds (33.5 x 45.5 cm.), with design credited to Richard Grosskopf; (3) Uebersichtsplan (1931), with illustrated card-stock wrappers (17.5 cm.), preserving slightly-modified folding map of the grounds (33 x 45.5 cm.); and (4) [1931 promotional brochure], single sheet (22.5 x 51.5 cm.), printed recto/verso, and composed into ten panels (22.5 x 10.5 cm.); illustrated after b&w photos and coloured flags. A relatively fragile specimen, with wear to joints, and some abrasions to covers.
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum 
[Exhibition slides of Weimer-era gender and class roles].
[Dresden], circa 1930s.
$ 500 USD (SOLD)
Group of 40 glass-plate exhibition slides (black-and-white, avg. 10 x 9.5 cm.); mostly photographic, with captions printed in-negatives. There is no general index to the slides, but 35 of them are consecutively-numbered via printed labels ("Vtr. 113, Nos. 1-35"), while another 5 (labelled "B-F") reproduce manuscript title-cards. Save for a crack to one of the latter, this group of slides is remarkably well-preserved.

Presumably produced by the Hygiene-Museum for the purpose of a traveling exhibition, this Weimar-era group of photographic slides represents idealized themes of gender and class in everyday life: e.g. women's and men's labour, hygiene, recreation, childhood, clothing, domestic rituals and interiors, etc. 

The slides labelled A-C represent three classes of labour: farming, "brain-work," and manual labour; with the vast majority of the numbered slides representing women's labour.

More images available upon request.

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Geldlotterie zum Wiederaufbau des Deutschen Hygiene-Museums in Dresden. [Losing lottery ticket]. 
Dresden, 1946. 
$ 75 USD
Single tri-folded sheet, security-printed recto/verso with embossed edges (7 x 12 cm. when purchased; 21 x 12 cm., unfolded). Losing prize revealed on interior/verso; twice-illustrated by all-seeing eye, printed in two shades of blue. Preserved folded.

Not long after the War, efforts were swiftly pursued to reconstruct the Wilhelm Kreis-designed Museum that was destroyed by Allied bombing. Here, in 1946, lottery tickets were being issued as fundraiser, with prizes ranging from 1-1000 Reichsmark. With a simple sketch of the Museum's entrance featured to the interior.

This ticket won nothing.

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Export-katalog. Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dreden... Central Institute for Medical Instruction. 
Dresden, circa 1955. 
$ 300 USD
Blue cloth boards (30 cm.); front panel illustrated after silver-stamped design, with further silver lettering to spine. Minor damp-stain to top corner of front panel. Contents: 189, [1] pages; illustrated after numerous photographs of didactic products, some in colour. Text in German, French, Russian, English, and Spanish. More images available upon request.

A rich catalogue of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum's various didactic objects for sale, introduced by the Museum's Director: "The great representative exhibitions of hygiene with the Glass Men and anatomic models, with which the Hygiene-Museum has been wandering through numerous countries, have rendered its name well-known throughout the world. Many people, however, do not know that the Museum is at the same time the largest centre of production of anatomic and biologic educational materials ... by which valuable help in teaching is given to the teachers of various schools, courses, and universities all the world over."

With only 2 OCLC records discovered in North America (NLM, Montreal); no copies discovered via Library Hub. This copy lacks price-list / ordering form that was presumably inserted into the flap at rear pastedown (although none mentioned in library records).

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