Item #11237 Opera Medicinalia. Petrus de Peramato.
Opera Medicinalia.
Opera Medicinalia.
Opera Medicinalia.
Opera Medicinalia.
Opera Medicinalia.
Opera Medicinalia.
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Opera Medicinalia.

Sanlúcar a Barrameda, F. Díaz for Gaspar Alonso Pérez de Guzman, duque de Medina Sidonia 1576.

Three parts or volumes in one, complete. Folio (277 x 195 mm.). [iv], 166 and [iv], 130 and 99, [3] leaves. Large woodcut arms of the dedicatee on all three titles.

Slightly later GILT-RULED GREEN MOROCCO WITH THE CIPHER AND ARMS OF CHARLES DE VALOIS (Olivier-Hermal-Roton 2600,5 this copy; rear panel partly stained, top and bottom of the hinges slightly cracked), gilt-ruled and -lettered flat spine with his gilt cipher in six compartments, all edges gilt.

            Only Editions. ALL THREE VOLUMES ARE AMONG THE EARLIEST WORKS OF THEIR KIND BY AN IBERIAN PHYSICIAN.
            These are the only surviving books by the renowned Portuguese physician. His fourteen essays treat the general practice of medicine and psychiatry (Pt. I), obstetrics and pediatrics (Pt. II) and hematology and bodily emissions (Pt. III). He regularly cites contemporary literature by, i.a., Realdo Colombo, Gaspar López, Vallés de Covarrubias and Gio. Manardi.
            The extended dissertation on psychiatry investigates fantasy, memory, imagination, gender and the nervous system, including the dorsal and optical nerves. The study of human reproduction treats everything from semen and coitus to postpartum hygiene, diseases of mother and child (puerperal fever, neonatal conjunctivitis…) and birth defects like cleft palate. The final part concerns blood, humors, melancholy, purgatives, vomiting, sweating and bloodletting techniques.
            Three percent of known Iberian peninsula printed book production to 1601 was medical, of which only two-fifths appeared in Latin (Wilkinson xix-xx & figg. 2-3). Thus, this folio belongs to .0012 of all Iberian editions to 1601.
            IT IS THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN SANLÚCAR DE BARRAMEDA, from which conquistadors — including Pánfilo de Narváez and Cabeza de Vaca — departed for the Americas.
            From the library of royal bastard Charles de Valois (1573-1650), whose intrigues against the French Crown lead to treason and prison. His books were dispersed during the French Revolution. In good condition (a half dozen scattered quires somewhat browned); a two-word pasteover correction (II: [ii]). I have not traced a copy at auction since 1950.
¶Palau 218125-26 & 218128 (all after the BL ex); López Piñeiro, Bibliographia médica hispánica I: 469; Hernandez Morejon, Historia bibliográfica de la medicina española V: 20-7; Laehr, Die Literatur der Psychiatrie 71 (Pt. I, “4to”) & 105 (Pt. I “1596”); Schüling, Bibliographie der psychologischen Literatur des 16. Jahrhunderts 198; Wilkinson, Iberian Books…before 1601 14501.

Item #11237

Price: $16,500.00

Status: On Hold