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De visus organo
Tanagli. 4to; contemporary vellum; (8), 104 pp. Title-page printed in red and black. With an engraved illustration depicting the eye and 10 woodcut diagrams in the text. A very good copy.VERY RARE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of one of the first scientific treatises on ophthalmology. As a physician Ruschi describes the structure and the functions of the human eye. As a physicist, he investigates the sight, dealing with issues related to optics, such as reflection and refraction. The work is divided into four books: De visus organo, De tunicis oculorum, De humoribus oculorum, De oculis partibus externi, and De oculi dignitate palaestra. Ruschi shows a deep knowledge of the topic, seems critical towards Aristotle and frequently cites the Arab authors, Kepler's work and other important treatises on optics of his time. Ruschi, the scion of a noble and wealthy family from Pisa, taught from 1528 to his death anatomy and philosophy at the University of Pisa. He was a friend and correspondent of Galileo, who praised him as a scientist.Wellcome, 5651; Krivatsy, 10064; Streiff Collection, p. 61; De Renzi, IV, p. 123..
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