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''The first attempt to show the connection between psychology and physiology'' (Garrison-Morton)

EUGENICS. Huarte y Navarro, Juan, (1529-1588); Carew, Richard (1555-1620), translator
Examen de ingenios. The examination of mens vvits. In whicch [sic], by discouering the varietie of natures, is shewed for what profession each one is apt, and how far he shall profit therein. By John Huarte. Translated out of the Spanish tongue by M. Camillo Camilli. Englished out of his Italian, by R.C. Esquire

London: Printed by Adam Islip, for C. Hunt of Excester, 1594

$14,000.00

Quarto: 19 x 14 cm. [16], 333, [3] pp. A-Y8

“To Distinguish and discern these natural difference’s of man’s wit, and to apply to each by art that science wherein he may profit, is the intention of this my work.”

“This sentence concisely summarizes the ultimate purpose of one of the most successful and influential Spanish scientific books published in the early modern period, one with long-lasting influence upon the European intellectual world: the ‘Examen de Los Ingenios para Las Ciencias’ (1575), by the Spanish physician and philosopher Juan Huarte de San Juan (1529-1588)… Huarte is now hailed as the precursor of several branches of pedagogy and psychology, including differential pedagogy and differential psychology, and their practical applications, professional orientation, and selection.

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STC (2nd ed.), 13892; Garrison-Morton 4964 (1575 Spanish edition); Durling 2498. Hunter & Macalpine, p. 46. Thorndike VI, pp. 413-14

Practicing Medicine in the Age of Petrarch. The Rare First Edition

Garbo, Tommaso de (ca. 1305-1370); Zanelli di Pietro, Francesco (d. 1365?); Johannes, de Penna (d. 1348?)
Summa medicinalis accuratissime revisa & emendata: ac nunc primo quidem diligenter impressa. Tractatus ejusdem de restauratione humidi radicalis. Tractatusque ejusdem de reductione medicinarum ad actum. [With: "Tractatus comminantium" of Francesco Zanelli and the "Reprobationes” of Johannes de Penna.]

Venice: Mandato & expensis heredum Octaviani Scoti, per Bonetum Locatellum, 27 August, 1506

$4,800.00

Folio: [1], 119 lvs.

This publication also includes the "Tractatus comminantium magistri Francisci de Bononia" [i. e. Francesco Zanelli] (leaves 96r-99r) and the "Reprobationes magistri Johannis de Penna."

Son of the famous physician, professor of medicine, and author Dino del Garbo (d. 1327), Tommaso del Garbo would eclipse his father’s success and go on to become one of the most successful –and wealthiest- physicians of mid-14th c.

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Durling 4378; BM STC, Italian Books p. 290; Hirsch/Hüb. II, 682; EDIT 16 CNCE 36854; Not in Adams.

Johnson’s Celebrated Edition of Gerard’s Herbal Describing Numerous American Plants

Gerard, John (1545-1612)
The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde of London Master in Chirvrgerie. Very much Enlarged and Amended by Thomas Johnson Citizen and Apothecarye of London.

London: A. Islip, Joice Norton, and R. Whitaker, 1633

$9,500.00

Folio: 34.5 x 22.5 cm. ¶8, ¶¶-¶¶¶6, A-B8, C-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, Aaaa-Zzzz6, Aaaaa-Zzzzz6, Aaaaaa-Vvvvvv6, Xxxxxx4, Yyyyyy-Zzzzzz6, Aaaaaaa-Bbbbbbb6. (lacking the first and final blank leaves.)

"This is the first edition enlarged and edited by Thomas Johnson (1595-1644) who corrected many of Gerard’s more gullible errors, and improved the accuracy of the illustrations by using Plantin’s woodcuts." (Hunt)

John Gerard is to this day one of the best known of English herbalists. In 1586 the Royal College of Physicians established a garden of physic and appointed Gerard its curator.

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STC 11751; Hunt 223; Nissen 698; Graesse Vol. III, p. 56; Henrey 155.

A RARE HOMEOPATHY MANUAL WITH A BUILT-IN MEDICINE CARRIER AND ACCOMPANYING BOX CONTAINING HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

HOMEOPATHY. MEDICINE. Somolinos, Cesáreo Martín; Pizá Rosselló, Jaime
La Salud. Manual de homeopatia para uso de las familias.

Madrid: Se vende en la Farmacia Homeopática…. De la Señora Viuda del doctor Somolinos Real Academia Nacional de Medicina, 1873

$8,500.00

Octavo: 13 x 8 cm. [i-v], vi-viii, 9-328 p.

A fascinating witness to the diffusion and implementation of Hahnemann's theories. Inside the front board there is a carrier for 23 glass vials. A separate, related box (also issued by the Somolinos pharmacy) with a wooden carrier for 45 additional vials is included. Almost all of the small glass vials still contain homeopathic substances.

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See Alfonso Galán, "Cesáreo Martín Somolinos: homeopathic pharmacist: his activities in the Hahnemann Society of Madrid", in Boletin de la Sociedad Espanola de Historia de la Farmacia 39 (154-155)

Kircher Revived: The Great Plague of 1740

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
Scrutinium Pestis Physico-Medicum publico commodo recusum. dum per reverend. patrem Urbanum Madcho ... in ejusdem Universitatis aula academica, de re litteraria philosophica benemeriti, supremâ philosophiae laureâ donarentur

Graz: Typis Haeredum Widmanstadii, 1740

$4,500.00

Octavo: 15.5 x 9.5 cm. 240 p. Collation: )(6, A-P8, Q2

Originally published in 1658, 7 years before Hooke's "Micrographia" appeared in print, Kircher's work on the plague and its causes was a landmark work on the subject. In 1740, in response to the Great Plague that was ravaging Eastern Europe, the Jesuit faculty at the University of Graz republished the work "for the public good." The plague began in 1738 and killed at least 50,000 people in areas of (modern-day) Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, and Austria.

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For the first edition, see: Brunet III, 668; Caillet II, 365.5792; Clendening 7.8; De Backer I, 426.16; VII, 286.13; Garrison /Morton 589.5118; Grassse IV, 22; Sommervogel IV, 1057-58.16

The Most Influential 17th c. Text on Monsters and Deformities

Liceti, Fortunio (1577-1657)
De Monstrorum Natura, Caussis, et differentiis Libri duo. Aeneis iconibus ornate et aucti.

Padua: Apud Paulum Frambottum, 1634

$10,000.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 15.2 cm. [16], 262, [26] pp. π4, †4, A-Z4, Aa-Nn4

“One of the earliest classifications of deformities, Liceti’s work was still under review in works on malformation in the 19th century. The work includes both real and imaginary cases and accurate descriptions of cases observed in the years following the first edition.” (Garrison-Morton) “The composite beasts and monsters described in the text draw from a long tradition of written accounts of monsters and prodigies.

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Krivatsky 6958; Wellcome 3786; Garrison and Morton 534.52 (the 1616 ed.); Caillet II. 498

Astrological Medicine & A Theory of Tides

MEDICINE. ASTROLOGY. PHYSICS. Grisogono, Federico [Federik Grisogono Bartolačić](b. Zadar, Dalmatia, Yugoslavia, 1472; d. Zadar, 2 January 1538)
De modo collegiandi: pronosticandi: & curandi febres: necnon de humana felicitate: ac denique de fluxu & refluxu maris: lucubrationes nuperrime in lucem edite.

Venice: Impressum a Joan. Anto. de Sabbio & fratribus, 1528

$12,000.00

Folio: 30 x 21 cm. [56] p. Collation: A-G4

First editions of three works by the Dalmatian physician-scientist Federico Grisogono of Zara, who became professor of mathematics and astrology at Padua in 1499. The works concern: 1. Determining a treatment course for curing fevers with the aid of astrological prognostication. 2. A philosophical treatise on human happiness. 3. An influential theory of tides. The first work includes a full-page iatromathematical instrument, outfitted with three functioning volvelles, for making astrological (and other celestial) observations, medical forecasting, and creating horoscopes.

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Edit16 21833; Sander 1946; Thorndike, History of magic, 5:314-316; USTC 834694

Exposing Sham Medicine & Poisonous Chemistry: A "Skeptical Chemist's" Guide to Proper Medical Practice & Self-Care

MEDICINE. CHEMISTRY. Godfrey, Robert.
Various Injuries & Abuses in Chymical and Galenical Physick: committed both by Physicians & Apothecaries, detected. For the benefit of such, who being concientious and studious in Physick, aim chiefly at the welfare of the sick. And of those patients, whether rich or poor, who are willing to preserve their lives & healths.

London: printed by John Darby, for Richard Jones, at The Golden Lion in Little Brittain, 1674

$6,200.00

Octavo: 14 x 9.5 cm. [14], 208 p. Collation: A-O8 (Lacks blank A1, presumed blank. Page count as per ESTC.)

A rare and remarkable book in which the author presents a withering critique of unscrupulous and self-promoting medical practitioners who, whether through ignorance, avarice, or practice of "botch" medicine, cause great harm to the unwitting patient, sometimes killing them.

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ESTC R21846; Wellcome III p.129; Wing G927

"A landmark in the development of Chemistry as a scientific subject"

MEDICINE. CHEMISTRY. MAGNETISM. OCCULTISM. Paracelsus [Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim] (1493-1541)
Archidoxa ... zwölff Bücher/ darin alle gehaimnüß der natur eröffnet ... Auch noch vier andere Büchlein ... Von D. Iohanne Alberto Vvimpinæo. [BOUND WITH] Etliche Tractetlein zur Archidoxa gehörig. 1. Von dem Magneten ... 2. De occulta Philosophia ... 3. die recht weiß zu administrirn die Medicin ... 4. Von vilerley gifftigen Thiern ...

Münich: Adam Berg, 1570

$9,500.00

Quarto: Two works bound as one: 22 x 16 cm. I. 128 lvs. ):(4, *4, A-Z4, a-g4. With a title portrait of the author and two further portrait woodcuts of the author and the editor, Johann Albert von Wimpfen, by Virgil Solis. II. 36 lvs. A-I4. With a woodcut portrait on the title verso.

"It cannot be denied that Paracelsus’ 'Archidoxa' forms a landmark in the development of Chemistry as a scientific subject, because it presented for the first time a kind of system of Chemistry. His chemical doctrine embraces all chemical substances known to him and evolves a classification of operations and materials.

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Sudhoff, Bibliographia Paracelsica 129 (both parts, originally issued as Sudhoff 119 and 128); VD16 P 393 and 629; Brüning 0416 and 0417

With Case Studies & Physician Testimonials

MEDICINE. Giraldini, Piero Francesco (active 1626)
Discorso sopra la Pietra Belzuar Minerale

Florence: Zanobi Pignoni, 1626

$5,800.00

Octavo: 106, [8] pp. Collation: *4, A-M4, N6 (N6 blank)

A rare work on the nature, preparation, and medicinal properties of mineral bezoar (antimony oxide), which the author claims is far more potent and effective than the extremely rare and much coveted bezoars ("snake-stones") imported from India, where they are formed in the gut of ruminants. Although it is not the focus of his work, Giraldini does discuss the origins, physical qualities, and medicinal uses of these "Belzoar dell'Animale.

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History of Geology and Medicine, p. 143; Wellcome catalogue, 2848

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

$4,500.00

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.

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).

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Wing B700; See Garrison – Morton 2145 for Minderer.

Death: The End of All Earthly Things

Sachs, Hans (1494-1576)
Der Todt ein Endt, aller yrdischen ding.

Nürnberg, Georg Merckel, around 1554

$4,800.00

Quarto: [24] pp.

A humorous poem by the "Meistersinger" Hans Sachs in which a man dreams that Death, in the form of a skeleton, has come to take him. Frightened and too weak to resist, the man calls upon some helpers: Youth, Beauty, Health, Strength, Bravery, Skill, Medicine, and Wealth. But these fail him. The virtues (Nobility, Honor, etc.) all spurn him; the vices (Audacity, Lust, Violence, Anger, Indolence, etc.

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VD16, S-560; Weller 205(2); Keller/Goetze Enr. 190a; BM STC German, p. 77, Pegg, Bibliotheca, 1868; Kuczynski 2348