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    [Featured Lot]. Celsus, Aulus Cornelius. De Re Medica Libri VIII. Lyon: Jean de Tournes & Guillaume Gazeau, 1554. Krown & Spellman retail: $25.
    12mo. a-P8. 581, (25)p. Modern antique calf, spine with gilt decorations, title in gilt on red label. Small portion of top blank margin trimmed away at head of title page (owner removal?), no loss. Whitfield bookplate pasted inside front board. Clean tear to outer margin of a2. Small stain at V1. Decorated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


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    "Aulus Cornelius Celsus,  (flourished 1st century ad, Rome), one of the greatest Roman medical writers, author of an encyclopaedia dealing with agriculture, military art, rhetoric, philosophy, law, and medicine, of which only the medical portion has survived. De Medicina, now considered one of the finest medical classics, was largely ignored by contemporaries. It was discovered by Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) and was among the first medical works to be published (1478) after the introduction of the printing press."  - [Britannica]. "The De Medicina is the oldest medical document after the Hippocratic writings, It was written about 30 A. D. After the invention of printing it was still considered important, being one of the first medical books to be set up in type. Celsus left the best account of Roman medicine; he was the first important medical historian." - [Garrison-Morton]. The eight books: 1. History of Medicine. 2. Pathology. 3. Diseases. 4. Body Parts. 5 & 6. Pharmacology. 7. Surgery. 8. Orthopedics. (BM) STC French 97. Graesse II: 100. NLM 916. Wellcome I: 1401. Pettegree & Walsby: 60600. USTC 151482. Not in Adams.



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