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        Eikon basilike. The Portraicture of His Sacred Maiestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings

      London: for Richard Royston 1648 [London: for Richard Royston], 1648. (CHARLES I, KING OF ENGLAND) First edition, third issue (with pagination of sheet "G" corrected). 8vo. [8], 269 pp. Lacking first and last blank leaves A1 and S8, and lacking the engraved frontispiece portrait by Marshall. Bound in 20th-century black crushed morocco, gilt-lettered spine, marbled endpapers, a.e.g., by RiviËre and Son, staining to upper corners of pp. 197-269, for the most part in the margin, errata leaf bound recto-verso. Bookplate of Frederick Adolphus Philbrick, lawyer and an early British philatelist on front pastedown, institutional bookplate on recto and verso of front free endpaper, overall, a very attractive copy. Madan #1, 3; Pforzheimer 171 (note) . A book so infrequently found with the portrait by Marshall that earlier bibliographies (incuding Pforzheimer, following Almack's lead) assumed that when one did appear, it was "tipped in"

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        Ortus medicinae. Id est, initia physicae inavdita. Progressus medicinae novus, in moborum ultionem, ad vitam longam… Edente authoris Filio, Francisco Mercvrio van Helmont, cum ejus praefatione ex Belgico translata. [with:] Doctrina inavdita, De causis, mode siendi, contentis, radice, & resolutione lithiasis. Itemque De sensu, sensatione, dolore, insensibilitate, stupore, motu, immobilitate. Prout De morbis hujus classis, Lepra, Caduco, Apoplexia, Paralysi, Spasmo, Comate, &c. Nova & paradoxa hactenus omnia. Tractatus tam Physico, & Medico, quam Spagyro utilis: miseris autem utilissimus. [with:] Febrium doctrina inaudita. [with:] Tumulus pestis

      Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium Amsterdam:: Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium. 1648. hardcover. 2. Thick 4to. [34 of 36], 800, [6], 110, [2], 115, [1], 88 pp. [Several mis- paginations matching Norman’s annotation]. Some copies have an engraved portrait not present here. Separate title-pages for each section, a few woodcut text figs., extensive contemporary ink marginalia (Latin and English); first five and last six leaves re-margined, occasional heavy water-stains. Contemporary mottled calf, modern gilt-stamped maroon morocco spine label; neatly rebacked. Visible parchment ms. parchment used by the binder as cartonnage. Ink signature of Charles Greene on title- page, signature of R.J. Cary MD, 1913 inside front cover. Very good. . FIRST COLLECTED EDITION of a copy heavily read by an early physician/owner. The ffep. has an extensive ms. list of topics and where they are located in the text. On the title-page is a contemporary ms. biographical note of van Helmont. Marginalia throughout the text makes references to urinalysis, and to Paracelsus. Van Helmont was an early modern period Flemish chemist, physiologist, and physician. He worked during the years just after Paracelsus and iatrochemistry, and is sometimes considered to be “the founder of pneumatic chemistry”. ¶ “‘The Birth of Medicine’, edited posthumously by the author’s son, is our chief source for the discoveries of Helmont with regard to the chemical nature of living processes. … Many of Helmont’s general principles were derived from those of his master, Paracelsus… Life Paracelsus he did not confine his studies to specific limited fields; his outlook was universal. He sought a cosmological system and a unified view of natural science which would embrace all phenomena. His metaphysics and religion led him to abandon scholastic forms of thinking, and thence, by abjuring theoretical speculation, he was brought to regard experiment and empiricism as the main paths to knowledge. Although he was inclined to mysticism, he nevertheless became a remarkable scientific investigator and made significant contributions to the progress of chemistry and medicine.” [Printing and the Mind of Man 135]. ¶ Van Helmont is remembered today largely for his ideas on spontaneous generation, his 5-year tree experiment, and his introduction of the word “gas” (from the Greek word chaos) into the vocabulary of scientists. His works were collected and edited by his son Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont and published by Lodewijk Elzevir in Amsterdam as Ortus medicinae, vel opera et opuscula omnia in 1648. Ortus medicinae was based on, but not restricted to, the material of Dageraad ofte Nieuwe Opkomst der Geneeskunst (“Daybreak, or the New Rise of Medicine”), which was published in 1644 in Van Helmont’s native Dutch. Helmont’s most important work, Ortus medicinae (“Birth of medicine”), was published four years after his death by his son. Its publication in the Netherlands, a Protestant country, was thought necessary to avoid the Inquisition, whose disfavor Helmont had earlier incurred because of his mystical and magical tastes not entirely in keeping with Church dogma. In this work, Helmont established his name as one of the founders of biochemistry, although some authorities believe that he is perhaps overrated because of his vacillations between mysticism and science. In any event, his discovery of digestive juices in the stomach and intestine, and especially his first use of the specific gravity of urine for diagnostic purposes, mark him as a man of no insignificant importance in the history of medicine. [Heirs of Hippocrates]. ¶ Provenance: Raymond John Cary (d. 1959?) was a 1912 graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He wrote a paper, “Digestion; an historical survey,” for the Bulletin of Johns Hopkins Hospital, May 1916, p. 142. In this paper Cary refers to this very copy of van Helmont’s Ortus medicinae and draws from the text what are his own perceptions on the author’s views on digestion. Cary writes that Johann Georg Wirsüng’s discovery in 1642 of the pancreatic duct was not known to van Helmont (nor was it understood by Wirsüng who was murdered – see below). Cary worked at the Mt. View Sanatorium, Lake View, Washington. Member: American Public Health Association. See: JAMA, 1915, LXV (6), pp. 536-546. ¶ References: Cushing H241; Duveen p. 286 (does not list this edition); Garrison & Morton 665; Heirs of Hippocrates 409; Krivatsy/NLM 5447; Neville I, 613; Haskell Norman 1048 (with portrait at *4); Osler 2929; Partington II, pp. 209-40; Printing and the Mind of Man 135; Thorndike VII, ch. 8; Waller 4307; Wellcome III p. 241. See: Paul Dijstelberge & Leo Noordegraaf, Plague and print, Rotterdam: Erasmus, 1997 (pp. 117-118).

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