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Aetii Medici Graeci Contractae ex veteribus medicinae tetrabiblos : hoc est quaternio, id est libri universales quatuor, singuli quatuor sermones complectentes, ut sint in summa quatuor sermonum quaterniones, id est sermones XVI. per Ianum Cornarium Medicum Physicum Latine conscripti.
Basel, H. Froben and N. Episcopius, 1542. Folio (320 x 210 mm). 6p, 932pp, 16p. With woodcut printer's mark and some woodcut initials after H. Holbein. Contemporary pigskin over wooden boards on 4 bands, handwritten title on spine, generously blind stamped (clasps missing, back board with some leather loss (7 x 4 cm)). Front free endpaper recto and verso with handwritten table of content for all 16 parts. Title with erased owner's stamp, few handwritten marginalia, index with tiny worming to white margin.
Durling 46; Wellcome I,50; Adams, A306, STC German, p.7
Second complete latin edition. Aetius was held in great esteem by Renaissance physicians and by the translator of this book, the renowned Janus Cornarius, who considered Aetius the best of medical writers. Aetius studied in Alexandria in the Byzantine period. His encyclopedia is basically a collection of excerpts from earlier writers, especially Galen.
"His Tetrabiblos (so called because the text, as here, is divided and subdivided into four parts each) is a compilation which remains the chief source of knowledge for the works of Rufus of Ephesus and Leonides in surgery, and of Soranus and Philumenus in gynecology and obstetrics. Aetius gives his own description of diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, throat, and teeth and includes good accounts of goiter, rabies, diphteria and various surgical procedures, such as tonsillectomy, urethrotomy, and the treatment of hemorrhoids" (Heirs of Hippocrates, 49)
Item number: 13712
Price: 3800 Euro
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