Medford: Apollo Press, Privately Printed for the Members of the Classics of Surgery Library, n.d. [1981?]. First Edition. Hardcover octavo (28.5 x 22cm), pp. , v,, 274; brown imitatoin leather boards with gilt borders and lettering on the spine, marbled endpapers; previously owned by Sam Mellick dated with his signature on title page, notes and clippings loosely inserted.
Gentle rubbing to joints at head and tail of spine; spine has minor bubbling and a very slight lean; gilt a touch dull; joints tender at pages 258-9; mild abrasions to corners; four flecks and a faint 5 x 10mm stain to top edge of text block, small scuff to corner of bottom edge; top and fore edge of rear paste-down a little rough; pencil correction on page v, ‘3’ in ‘1923’ crossed out and replaced with ‘7,’ 10 vertical scuff marks (largest is 140mm) on page 48, otherwise clean throughout. Item #932
Professor Selim “Sam” Mellick was regarded by many of his colleagues as “the father of Australian vascular surgery.” He trained a generation of Queensland surgeons while lecturing at the University of Queensland. In 1956, he was employed as one of the first surgeons at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Prior to the hospital being able to afford commercial grade skin grafts, Dr Mellick made his own with the help of his wife, Patricia, on their Singer sewing machine. This copy of The Classics of Vascular Surgery was previously owned by Dr Mellick and is dated with his name on the title page, his notes and clippings are loosely inserted.