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Wercken der genees-konste, bestaende in den schat der gesontheyt
Amsterdam: Schipper, 1672. BEVERWYCK, Jan van (1594-1647). Wercken der genees-konste, bestaende in den schat der gesontheyt, schat der ongesontheyt, heelkonste. . . . 4to. [16), 252; [8), 127, [11; 328, 48; [8], 278, [12]pp. Engraved title & many fine plates in text. 245 x 185 mm. Contemporary Dutch tooled vellum, front hinge cracked. Some dampstaining & a little foxing but a very good copy. Amsterdam: Schipper, 1672.

First issued in 1651, Beverwyck's works were re-issued periodically to about 1680. He was one of the most distinguished Dutch physicians, a correspondent of Descartes and Harvey, who was one of the first to promote Harvey's ideas on the circulation, both in his own work and through the publication of letters to him from Descartes, signalling the first support for Harvey from a major Continental figure. Harvey's illustrations of the circulation appear in the Wercken, as do figures from Beverwyck's relative Vesalius, and Beverwyck's famous response to Montaigne's attack on the medical profession.

The first part of the Wercken, Der schat der gesontheyt, is included in Praz, Studies of 17th century imagery (1964) 270 for its beautiful, large text illustrations (wine, tobacco, exotic peoples). Illustrations in the other parts include a camera obscura, and fine large scenes of medical practice. Hirsch. Wellcome 11 159.


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