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    A Sixteenth Century Work on Women's Health

    Jean Liebault and Giovanni Marinello. Trois Livres Appartenant Aux Infirmitez Et Maladies Des femmes. Paris: Jacques Du Pays, 1582. First French edition. Octavo. *8, a-z, A-2N8 [2N 7 and 8 blanks, present]. [16], 923, [1], [16], [4] pages. Woodcut of Christ and a woman at a well with architectural elements, head-pieces, decorated initials. Contemporary limp vellum, stained, tears in vellum, ties replaced, holograph title on spine, endpapers renewed, edges red, contemporary exlibris "Lamberti Wolfs" on front free endpaper, contemporary signature of "E. J. Dellevaux" on title page, minor light dampstains, tear in title page and front free endpaper repaired, occasional small holes in margins from biopredation, not affecting text, else internally in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Liebault (circa 1535-1596) physician, agronomist & popular writer, was married to the daughter of the printer Charles Estienne and co-wrote with him the popular L'Agriculture et Maison Rustique.

    He was also the first to grow tobacco in France and named the plant 'nicotiana' after Jean Nicot.

    This work is a French translation of his Latin work De sanitate, foecunditate et morbis mulierum first published in Paris on the same year. A later edition appears as Les maladies des femmes & remedes d'ycelles (Paris, 1609) and on the title page of that edition the work is attributed to Giovanni Marinelli, who wrote a similar work entitled Le medicine partenenti alle infermita delle donne (Venice, 1563).

    Marinello, physician of Modena and Venice, who wrote several books on women's health is considered the founder of modern cosmetology.

    Wellcome I, 202. BM STC (French) 266. Machiels L239. Durling/ NLM 2959 (under Marinelli). OCLC: 14312077 (only NLM copy). Not in Adams.

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