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GUIDI, Guido (known as Vidus VIDIUS) [NICETAS]
Chirurgia è Graeco in Latinum conversa, Vido Vidio Florentino interprete, cum nonnullis eiusdem Vidii com[m]entariis.
Pierre Gaultier, Paris, 1544. First edition, an exceptionally fine, large and fresh copy, completely unsophisticated, of one of the most beautiful scientific books of the Renaissance, which well deserves the praise lavished on it by Herrlinger, who calls it "a typographically exquisite specimen of Parisian printing craft" and "the most beautiful textbook of surgery to be printed in the 16th century" (History of Medical Illustration (1970), pp. 15, 143). It is a collection of Latin translations of treatises on ulcers, wounds, fractures, dislocations and their treatment by Hippocrates, Galen, Oribasius, and other ancient writers, with commentaries by Galen and by Guidi himself. The treatises were translated by Guidi (usually referred to by his Latinized name Vidus Vidius) from a tenth-century illustrated Byzantine Greek manuscript known as the Nicetas Codex, the earliest surviving surgical codex, which was itself based on a Greek manuscript of the first century BC. Chirurgia contains a series of exquisite woodcuts, many full-page, in the Hippocratic treatises on fractures and dislocations, as well as many smaller images scattered through the pages of Galen's treatise on bandaging and Oribasius' treatise on slings; most of these are based upon illustrations in the Nicetas Codex, but many are original. They have been claimed to be by the Italian mannerist Franceso Primaticcio, but it is now thought more likely that they are the work of the school of Francesco [Rosso] Salviati (cf. Hirst, 'Salviati Illustrateur de Vidius,' Revue de l'Art (1969), p. 19). The artist of the woodcut … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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