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    Robert Fludd's Treatise on Disease

    Robert Fludd. Katholicon Medicorum Katoptron [in Greek]: In quo, Quasi Speculo Politissimo Morbi praesentes more demonstrativo clarissme indicantur, & futuri ratione prognostica aperte cernuntur, atque prospiciuntur. Sive Tomi Primi, Tractatus Secundi, Sectio Secunda, De Morborum Signis... [Bound with] Pulsus. Seu Nova Arcana Pulsum Historia, E Sacro Fonte Radicaliter Extracta... [Frankfurt:] [Wolfgang Hofmann for Officina Wilhelm Fitzer,] 1631. First edition. Folio. Two works in one volume. ¹2, a-3e4. AA-LL4, MM3. [4], 413; 93 pages. Two folding tables, one foldout plate (part of the collation with text), thirty text engravings, charts, tables, etc. Late nineteenth-century half vellum over paper covered boards, blue and red morocco gilt lettering labels on spine, edges red. Binding browned and somewhat worn, lacks front flyleaf, front hinge cracking, old stamp on title-page, illustration on page 50 cropped. Overall, a very good copy.
    VD17 12:167442X and 12:167445V. Shaaber F147. Krivatsy/NLM 4139. Wellcome I, 2330. Newberry 115. Osler 2627 and 2628. Craven, Fludd, 247-9. Ebert 7701:10 and 14. Godwin 94 (MC II, b). BL Seventeenth German F545. Gardner, Rosicruciana, 229 and 230. Wuthrich IV, 703. Cantamessa I, 1538. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Fludd, Robert. [Katholicon] Medicorum [Katoptron]: In quo, Quasi Speculo Politissimo Morbi praesentes more demonstrativo clarissme indicantur, & futuri ratione prognostica aperte cernuntur, atque prospiciuntur. Sive Tomi Primi, Tractatus Secundi, Sectio Secunda, De Morborum Signis... [bound with] Pulsus, Seu Nova Arcana Pulsum Historia, E Sacro Fonte Radicaliter Extracta... [Frankfurt:] [Wolfgang Hofmann for Officina Wilhelm Fitzer,] 1631. Folio. 2 works in 1 vol. ¹2,a-3e4. AA-LL4,MM3. [4],413; 93pp Late 19th c, vellum-back & tips over paper covered boards, leather title-labels, edges red; browned, lacks front flyleaf, old stamp on t.p., illustration on p50 cropped. Two folding tables, one foldout plate (part of the collation with text), 30 text engravings, charts, tables, etc. First Edition.

    "All disease, starting from a certain point, proceeds either in one direction or in another... The 'Catholic' disease springs from the sin of man, and is a plague which is sent to evil hearts by Jehovah through evil angels...the essence of disease is corruption by sin....Disease is either acute or chronic, and is undoubtedly affected by the influence of the planets...A large portion of the work treats of the stellary influence on health and disease...The effects of the moon are laid down in certain definite canons. The divine science of numbers is also explained in regard to its relation to disease, and the thirty days of the month have each their influence on the progress of disease.. A very large portion of the Catoptron is taken up with a treatise 'De Nomandia, sive Oypomantia'--that is, 'divination' 'per urinam.' The four 'conflexions' are explained in their relation to sickness." 'The tract [Pulsus] is divided into five parts: 1. The radical mystery of the pulse is opened up. 2. Contains the essential definition of the pulse, both from sacred writ and the opinions of Ethnic doctors. 3, The mutiform difference in the method and progression of the pulse. 4. The different species of pulse, distinguished both by the sacred authority and by ocular demonstration. 5. How the pulse demonstrates the presence of disease. " [Craven.] "The Pulsus includes Fludd's first defence of Harvey." DSB

    "Apparently he was fond of lecturing his patients on his metaphysics, a habit which gave him the reputation of using 'chants' to work psychological cures. It would seem that it was a Hermetic philosophy which involved him in ceaseless controversy and, in the end, overshadowed his contemporary reputation as a successful physician and practical experimenter." [William Huffman, Robert Fludd and the End of the Renaissance,1988.]

    VD17 12:167442X & 12:167445V. Shaaber F147. Krivatsy/NLM 4139. Wellcome I,2330. Newberry 115. Osler 2627 & 2628. Craven, Fludd, 247-9. Ebert 7701:10 &14. Godwin 94 (MC II,b). BL 17th German F545. Gardner, Rosicruciana,229 & 230. Wuthrich IV,703.Cantamessa I,1538.



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