Clay, Charles (1801-1893)

  • Clay, Charles, 1801-1893.
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About this work


Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum. Titles, terminations and specimen pages of the various editions, reprints, etc., in the possession of Charles Clay, M.D. Author's original holograph MS., with inserted mounted photographs, traced and printed facsimiles, and a MS. folding table. Produced in Manchester.



Physical description

1 volume 90 ll. 8vo. 25 x 151/2 cm. Unbound. Written on rectos only: the folding table 41 x 65 cm., contains a list of the copies of the 'Regimen' in the possession of the compiler.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1911.

Biographical note

The author has been termed the 'Father of Ovariotomy' and qualified at Edinburgh in 1823. After some years of practice in Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1839 he moved to Manchester, where he made his first ovariotomy in 1842. He was also a keen archaeologist, geologist and numismatist. [Cf. 'Lancet' 1893, ii, pp. 845, 846].

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Ownership note

From the sale of Clay's Library at Sotheby's 19/5/1883, in which this item was Lot 639 (A copy of this catalogue is attached). Lot 606 (part) in Sotheby's Catalogue of the Payne Collection.


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Accession number

  • 29233