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    Bernard Dessen von Kroenberg. Medicinae Veteris Et Rationalis.... [with] [De Peste Commentarius Vere Aureus.] Cologne: 1564 and 1573.

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    Bernard Dessen von Kroenberg. Medicinae Veteris Et Rationalis, Adversus Oberronis Cuiusdam Mendacissimii Atque Impudentissimi Georgii Fedronis, Ac Uniuversae Sectae Paracelsicae Imposturas, Defensio. Accessit Purgantium Medicamentorum Usitatorum, & pillularum particularis Diviso. [bound with][De Peste Commentarius Vere Aureus.] Cologne: G. Fabricius, 1564 and Cologne: Johann Gymnich, 1573. 

    First editions. Two works in one quarto. -3 4, B-2P4; A4 [-A1 title page.], B-I4 [I4 blank] [16], 246, [38], [6 of 8, lacking half-title], 49, [5]; [2 of 4 lacking title page], [6], 70 pages. Printer's device on title page, full-page portrait of the author, historiated initials. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, including roll of Judith-Euterpe-Prudencia-Lucretia [Haebler I, 356]. Initials "HDAW" on title-piece binding by the master "N.P.", backstrip missing small piece at head of spine, spine cap worn rubbed at cords, front cover chipped in upper right corner, front joint cracked, some worming to binding, paper loss in the front free endpaper, title page margin strengthened with corner replacement (minor loss to one letter and edge of cut on verso); old owner's name in calligraphic capitals on title page with date July 1573; mediaeval manuscript on vellum used as binding tabs; light foxing or minor soiling, a few minor edge tears in last work, else in good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.                            

    Dessen (1510-74) born in Amsterdam, was a brilliant student of classical literature and science before deciding to study medicine. He studied in Louvain under Charles Goosens and Jean Heems and then in Bologna, and Padua. He practiced for nine years in Groningen and then went to Cologne at the invitation of Johann Echt. He wrote books on pharmacy and herbology as well as medicine. In his work on the Peste, "He speaks of a leatheran jacket, which had passed into the hands of twenty-five persons, who had received the infection from it, and been destroyed, before the cause was discovered." -Chalmers.

    In the Medicinae Veteres Dessus defends the ancient schools of medicine against the practice of doctors influenced by Paracelsus. Georg Fedro von Rodach's (Phaedro) works on Paracelsan medicine are found added to various editions of Parcelsus' works see Sudhof for a list.             

    VD 16 C5946-7. Index Aurel. 152.372-73. Wellcome I, 1748-9. Hirsch II, 168. Durling/NLM 1122 Peste only.



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