With 14 Original X-Ray Photographs, Representing The Earliest Applications Of X-Rays For Use In Forensic Anthropological Inquiry KONIG, Walter,
RÖNTGEN, Wilhelm Conrad. 14 Photographien mit Röntgen-Strahlen. Aufgenommen im Physikalischen Verein zu Frankfurt A.M. Leipzig: Verlag von Johan Ambrosius Barth , 1896.
One portfolio. Complete with 4 pages of text including title-page and forward and 14 (i.e. 13) original photographs on 10 mounts. The photograph on mount number 8 contains two animals side-by-side and is considered 2 photos. (portfolio size: 12 7/8 x 10 inches; 337 x 254 mm). Only four copies at libraries (British Library, Harvard, Columbia and Bibliotheque Nationale) and we could find no copies at auction in the past 50 years.

This monograph (with 14 original x-ray photographs) represents some of the earliest known x-rays and specifically these photos represent some of the earliest applications of x-rays for use in forensic and the first use in anthropological inquiry.

Portfolio is quarter pebbled green cloth over printed paper boards. With tie closure, but missing tie from back board. The title-page and forward by Konig are loose folded folio leaf. Photos are mounted on loose stiff gray boards, printed with captions below each photo. A bit of rubbing and repair to boards and spine at top edge. Some minor discoloration to top edge of boards. Overall very good. All photos are about fine.

Contents of the photos are as follows: 1. Left hand of a man with ball in the wrist. 2. Right female forearm with bone resection. 3.[Bird] Krammtsvogel. 4. Knee joint of an Egyptian child mummy. 5. Top of an Egyptian cat mummy. 6. Female hand in glove with bracelet and bouquet. 7. Real and fake pearls. 8. Snake and turtle. 9. a) Frog. 9. b) Lobster. 10a): Glasses in wood box. 10b): the anterior and mandible of the upper and lower jaws. 10c): Fingers with gout joints.

"A few months after the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in November 1895, the physicist Walter Koenig conducted the first radiographic investigation of mummified remains at the Physical Society of Frankfurt a.M., Germany. The results of this investigation were published in March 1896 in the monograph entitled 14 Photographs with X-rays taken by the Physical Society of Frankfurt am Main. The X-rayed objects included a bandaged ancient Egyptian child mummy from the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History. The earliest radiographic investigations of mummies focused on discovering amulets and jewelry within the body cavities, evaluating the wrappings, and determining whether human or animal bones were represented in bandages and coffins. However, the application of the novel X-ray technique included shortly afterwards the aim of assessing anthropological and paleopathological knowledge about the mummified individuals" (Zesch S, Panzer S, Rosendahl W, Nance JW Jr, Schönberg SO, Henzler T. "From first to latest imaging technology: Revisiting the first mummy investigated with X-ray in 1896 by using dual-source computed tomography." Eur J Radiol Open. 2016)

"The application of the discovery of x-radiation by Dr. Röentgen of Würzburg, Germany, in 1895 provided an important new tool for medical practitioners throughout the world. Its application was also realized as a potential weapon by medicolegal investigators. Discovery of the location of foreign objects, including bullets, thus became a clinical as well as a forensic technique in support of the investigation of living and deceased persons. "("The history of the forensic applications in radiology." Eckert, W.G. and Garland, N.)

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