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BODIES: THE 17TH-CENTURY EXHIBITION


BILS, D.D. Ludovici de. Specimina Anatomica, cum clarriss. Doctissimorumque Virorum Epistolis aliquot & Testimoniis. . Rotterdam, Arnoldus Leers, 1661.

Extremely rare group of anatomical pamphlets in first Latin edition by Lodewijk de Bils, a nobleman from Flanders, who advertised a method of turning bodies into transparent teaching tools preserved and embalmed in a wax-like substance.
$4,500


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FIRST ILLUSTRATED BOOK ON CHINESE MEDICINE
PUBLISHED IN THE WEST
A LANDMARK WORK ON ACUPUNCTURE
BOUND WITH A CURIOUS WORK
KNOWN TO CHARLES BABBAGE


CLEYER, Andreas, ed. Specimen medicinae sinicae... . Frankfurt, Johann Zubrodt, 1682.

Unusual sammelband of two rare 17th-century medical works. The first and only edition of Andreas de Cleyer’s Specimen medicinae sinicae is the first illustrated book on Chinese medicine published in the West. With 30 full-page engravings, it was the first European book on Chinese medicine to attract significant attention, and the first book to acquaint Europeans with Chinese medical charts. Bound second is he first edition of Johannes Valentin Merbitz’s De varietate faciei humanae is a curious work relating to physiognomy and combinatorics and was of interest to the computing pioneer Charles Babbage.
$28,000


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A NEW AMERICAN WONDER DRUG
THE TUDOR TRANSLATION OF HUTTEN’S TREATISE
ON GUAIACUM
ONE OF THE FIRST PUBLISHED PATIENT NARRATIVES


HUTTEN, Ulrich von. Of the Wood Called Guaiacum that healeth the frenche pockes, and also helpeth the goute in the feete, the stone, palsey, lepre, dropsy, fallyinge euyll, and other diseses. London, Thomas Berthelet, 1540.

Rare 1540 (first quarto) Tudor translation of an important early medical work on the curative properties of the American wood known as ‘guaiacum.’ The treatise popularized the use of guaiacum to treat several conditions, especially the New-World scourge of syphilis, and accelerated the import of this botanical from the Caribbean. “This tract had enormous resonance in 16th-century medical circles … Hutten was the first significant publicist for the Guaiac treatment … it remained influential into the 18th century” (Jillings, p. 5).
$35,000


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WOMEN & MEDICINE
IN 18th-CENTURY FRANCE


MORAND, Jean-François-Clément. Histoire de la maladie singuliere, et du l’examen du cadaver d’une femme, devenue en peu de tems toute contrafaie par un ramollissement général des os. Paris, chez la veuve Quillau, 1752.

[bound with:] SAILLANT, Charles-Jacques. Mémoire historique sur la maladie singulière de la veuve Mélin, dit la femme aux ongles. Paris, chez Méquignon l’aîne, 1776. 8vo, (2) ff., 45 pp., (1) p. blank verso [bound with:] DESMARS, J.-T. Lettre à M*** sur la mortalité des chiens, dans l’anné 1763. Amsterdam and Paris, chez la Veuve de D. Ant. Pierres, 1764. 8vo, 40 pp.

Sammelband of three rare first editions concerning unusual cases of female and animal disease in 18th-century France.
$2,250


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FIRST ILLUSTRATED ITALIAN EDITION


PLINY THE ELDER. Historia naturale di Caio Plinio Secondo… novamente correcta & da infiniti errori purgada: Aggionte etiam di novo le figure a tutti li libri conveniente. [Colophon:] Venice, Sessa & Piero di Ravani, 1516.

First illustrated Italian-language edition of this landmark work of the Renaissance. Pliny the Elder’s ‘Natural History’ was effectively an encyclopedia of knowledge, covering everything from geography and physics to medicine and zoology. The fine woodcuts, first used in 1513, depict charming scenes of country life (vine growing, harvesting), metallurgy, animals (elephants, giraffes, lions), etc.
$12,000


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