Barbette's Surgical & Anatomical Works – With two other Treatises on Military Medicine

MEDICINE. SURGERY. Barbette, Paul (d. 1666); Minderer, Raymund (1570-1621); Hildanus, Wilhelm Fabricius (1560-1634)

Thesaurus chirurgiae: the chirurgical & anatomical vvorks of Paul Barbette, M.D. practitioner at Amsterdam. Composed according to the doctrine of the circulation of the blood, and other new inventions of the moderns. Together with a treatise of the plague, illustrated with observations. Translated out of Low-Dutch into English. The third edition. To which is added the surgeon’s chest, furnished both with instruments and medicines, all useful: illustrated with several copper-plates: and to make it more compleat, is adjoyned a treatise of diseases that for the most part attend camps and fleets. Written in High-Dutch by Raymundus Mindererus

London: printed, and are to be sold by Moses Pitt at the Angel in S. Pauls Church-Yard, 1676


Octavo: 17 x 11.5 cm. 3 parts: [16], 200, [4], 201-394, [18] p. Collation: A-Z8, a-Dd8, π2, B-L8, M2, A-B8. With 3 added folding plates. A1 is an engraved title-page.


Bound in contemporary calf, some wear and minor defects to the leather. Contents in excellent condition. A few insignificant stains or blemishes (lvs. Dd6, B2, K6). With 3 folding engraved plates of surgical instruments,signed by Robert White, and anadditional, engraved title page: "Chirurgery according to the moderne practice". With two final advertisement leaves.

A translation of Barbette's "Chirurgie nae de hedendaeghse practijck beschreven" and "Anatomica Practica" bound with, as issued, "Medicina militaris, or a Body of Military Medicines experimented" by Raymund Minderer (1570-1621) (Wing M2189), and "Cista Militaris, or, A Military Chest" (Wing F71), a translation of the "Reisekasten" of Wilhelm Fabricius Hildanus (1560-1634).

The Dutch surgeon Paul Barbette had the reputation of being a 'modern surgeon', innovative in operative techniques. After obtaining his medical degree at Leiden, Barbette, whose father was also a surgeon, moved to Amsterdam to set up his practice. It was in Amsterdam that Barbette performed private dissections with François de le Boë Sylvius at Saint Peter's Hospital. Barbette was interested in the circulation and generation of blood and wrote on the effects of various kinds of wounds on the heart.His first book on surgery appeared in 1655. His "Anatomia Practica" also includes observations concerning pathology and physiology.

Chapters include the treatment of fractures, using medicine to treat melancholy, removing cataracts, the extraction of dead children from the mother's womb, surgery for repairing a cleft lip, the nature, kinds, and removal of tumors, the generation and circulation of the blood, etc. 

Appended to this edition is Hildanus' "Cista Militaris", the first description of a field chest of drugs for use on the battlefield. The medicines are divided into twenty classes and are to be partitioned within the chest "so that all confusion and inter­mixing of Medicines may be avoided." As for the field instruments, those that are to be used for cutting are to be kept in cases and the rest wrapped in paper of flannel.

Wing B700; See Garrison – Morton 2145 for Minderer.