Paris: : Aux bureaux du Progrès médical, Ve. Adrien Delahaye & Cie, Libraires-Éditeurs, 1876–1877. First edition.12 livraisons in 11 parts [Vol. I]. With 40 carte-de-visite-size mounted albumen print portraits by by Paul Regnard, with printed captions, and a title-page vignette, a mounted albumen print of La Salpêtrière. Title page printed in red and black. Each livraison is in original greyish-blue printed wrappers, text and plates loose as issued. Portions of text in double columns.  [i]–iv –164  p. Partly unopened, untrimmed. Wrappers are chipped, dented. Wrappers of the first and last livraisons are detached at the spine. Upper outer corner of. pl. VI and XXXII are damaged, pl. IX folded. Pl. XXVII stained at the verso, XXXII at the margins too, but no affect to the image. Some photos slightly faded the majority are clear and sharp. Overall in very good condition.
Jacques Lacan’s copy of the scarce first edition of this photographic atlas devoted to cases of hysteria and epilepsy, accompanied by case histories. The medical text of Iconographie Photographique de la Salpêtrière is illustrated with forty photographs of patients at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris who were diagnosed with hysteria and epilepsy. The volume was produced by French neurologist Désiré-Magloire Bourneville (1840–1909), with photographs by a medical intern Paul Régnard (1850–1927), under the direction of the the founder of modern neurology, Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–1893). (Gilburt, 2020) Charcot and his team developed the anatomo-clinical method based on the visual observation of the body, linking visible symptoms with anatomical and neurological lesions. (Pichel, 2019) The Iconographie was intended to serve a key role in recording the physicians’ concept of hysteria, as part of a project to manage and legitimise a complex and questionable disorder, presenting through photographs a clearly defined sequence of movements and expressions that supposedly constituted the hysterical attack. (Gilburt, 2020). Provenance: Jacques Lacan (1901–1981), who devoted several of his works to hysteria (ie. Lacan, “Propos sur l'hystérie,” Quatro no. 2, 1977).