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    Raynalde's Augmented Translation of
    Roeslin's Manual for Midwives

    Eucharius Roeslin. [Thomas Raynalde, translator]. The birth of mankind, otherwise named The Womans Booke. Set forth in English by Thomas Raynalde Phisition, and by him corrected, and augmented. Whose contents yee may reade in the Tabie folowyng: But most playnely in the prologue. London: Richard Watkins, [1598]. Eighth edition of this translation. Octavo. [viii], 204 pages. Title page with elaborately decorated woodcut borders, nine full page woodcut illustrations, decorated and inhabited woodcut initials. Contemporary limp vellum, endpapers refreshed. Binding rubbed, soiled, and warped; edge wear with tears and chips, creasing, front joint cracked; front hinge cracking, dried glue and paper remnants on front pastedown, holograph pencil book seller's notes on recto and verso of front free endpaper, title page with edge tears and margin paper loss (repaired), next seven leaves with minor paper loss in upper corners (repaired), last two leaves with tears and paper loss (repaired) minor affect to text, over-opened pages between J1 and J2, some small holes from biopredation (few in text not affecting legibility), occasional ink smudges, soiling and damp staining, minor edge wear with small tears (some repaired) and paper chips; nonetheless a good copy of this rare manual on midwifery.
    From the Collection of Dr. Gerald Sugarman.

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    A complete copy of Raynalde's popular English translation of Eucharius Roeslin's Der Swangern frawen und Hebammen Rosegarten, which he augmented with material from a variety of sources, including some illustrations and text from Vesalius' Fabrica.  This incredible manual on midwifery was a practical guide used by physicians and midwives alike.

    Looking back from the twenty-first century, it provides the reader with fascinating insights into the past understanding of human physiognomy and reproduction, including such amazing theories as the direct transmutation of food into blood and blood into "sparm".

    "We begin to find works directed towards women, either as advice books or as midwiferies, with The Byrthe of Mankind, Richard Jonas's 1540 translation of Eucharius Roeslin's 1513 Rosengarten, the only midwifery book printed in English before 1600...

    "This book was reprinted with minor revisions several times, but it is with Thomas Raynalde's much-changed 1545 version that we find more detailed information.. Raynalde believes firmly in the two-seed theory with the associated humoural interpretations of men's and women's seed...

    "Raynalde's Roeslin was popular and influential, for it was often reprinted even up to 1634, eighty-three years after the author's death."

    -  Juris G. Lidaka, "Changing Conceptions of Conception", Scholarly Environments, 2004. Pages, 59-60

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