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    One of the Most Revealing Medical Works
    of the Middle Ages

    Johannes Curio. Conservandae Bona Valetudinis Praecepta Longe Saluberrima, Regi Angliae quondam à Doctoribus Scholae Salernitanae versibus conscripta...Cum luculenta & succincta Arnoldi Villanouani... [bound with] Helius Eobanus Hessus. De tuenda bona valetudine libellus, commentariis a Joanne Placotomo illustratus. Frankfurt: Christian Egenolph, 1571 and 1573. Octavo. Two works in one volume. A-Z, a-n8, o4; A-2A8; [16], 280, [8]; [8],185,[6] pages. Title pages in red and black, Curio: sixty text woodcuts by Weiditz, Beham, et al. Eobanus: twenty-two text cuts. Contemporary German pigskin with elaborate blind tooling, center cameo of Justice (Davenport XCIV) and Lucretia (Davenport XCIX, this version is not inverted); original clasps intact, large armorial bookplate, old owner's name on the title page crossed out, paper lightly toned, otherwise a very nice copy.
    From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    The Regimen was probably written near 1100 and claims to be from the School of Salerno. "The work itself is actually a catch-all of advice and instruction on how to preserve health, rules of hygiene and diet, simple therapeutics, and other instruction intended more for the laity than for the medical profession...this collective effort remains one of the most revealing medical works of the Middle Ages...Commentaries on the Regimen were common and one of the most famous of these is that of Arnaldus de Villanova, included in the present work, edited by Johannes Curio (died 1561), a German physician." Hiers to Hippocrates. Eobanus (1488-1540) was called the German Homer. He taught at Herfort, Nuremburg and Marpurg. He prided himself on his excessive drinking. This work is one of his most famous, with chapters on daily life, wine, food, water; divination; medicine etc. It similarity of subject caused it to be not infrequently found bound with Curio's work.

    Curio: VD 16 R582. Choulant, Handbuch, 27. Durling/NLM 3814. Vicaire 314. Richter 352. Pauli, Beham 503. Eobanus: VD 16 E1476. Durling/NLM 2293. Caillet 3633. Simon, Bacchica, II, 221. Richter 319.



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