LESSER, Adolf. ~ Stereoskopischer gerichtsärztlicher Atlas. Breslau: Schlesische Verlags-Anstalt v. S. Schottlaender, 1903-5.
200 stereoscopic cards in four original boxes, each containing 50 stereoscopic cards and a small descriptive booklet. The cards measure approx. 13cm by 17.5cm and each contain two images. All plates in good condition housed in red clamshell boxes with gilt lettering. Boxes showing wear at corners and edges, and in one instance split at corners, lettering faded, but a good set.
First edition of a pioneering work in the field of forensic medicine, the graphic images depict numerous conditions resulting from homicidal and suicidal injuries. The grisly and powerful photographs show skull and bone fractures, the impact of gunshot wounds, burns, injuries caused by stabbings, the effects of hanging and so on. Each set of 50 plates is accompanied by a booklet providing details of each image and the important features from the legal-medico cases from which the photographs have been obtained. Heidtmann, Bibliographie der Photographie: Deutschsprachige Publikationen, 14062. OCLC locates 4 US copies and no UK copies.