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THE WORKES OF THAT FAMOUS CHIRURGION AMBROSE PAREY Translated out of Latine and compared with the French.
(London, printed by Th.Cotes and R. Young, 1634).FIRST ENGLISH EDITION 1634, folio bound in fours and sixes, approximately 330 x 210 mm, 13 x 8¼ inches, LACKING TITLE PAGE, 1 PRELIM LEAF (To the Reader), FOLIOS 4F1, 4F2 AND FINAL INDEX LEAF, all replaced with good modern facsimiles, the engraved pictorial title page signed T. Cecill shows Ambrose Pare at the top as an old man, 6 other compartments show surgical scenes, a pharmacy, a human skeleton, a human figure for muscle anatomy, a distilling scene, a table of surgical instruments, and a group of human and animal monsters, over 300 woodcuts in the text, many almost full page, depicting operations, instruments, human anatomy, animals including large images of elephant, rhinoceros, camel, crocodile, portraits of Hippocrates and Galen, pictorial head - and tailpieces, historiated initials, pages: [14], 487, [1], 553 - 1083, [1], 1093 - 1173, [23], jump in pagination from 487 to 553 is present in all copies, collated and guaranteed complete, collation: pi1, ¶2, ( - pi1 and ¶2), A4, B - 2S6, 2T4, 3A - 4V6 ( - 4F1 and 4F2), 4X - 4Y4, 4Z - 5E6, 5F4, 5G - 5H6 ( - 5H6), prelim ¶1 misplaced after facsimile leaf ¶2, the signature 2S6 is misplaced after 2T4, folios 3G3 and 3G4 are bound out of order, as are also 3P2 and 3P5, and 4N1 and 4N6, bound in modern quarter calf over marbled sides with vellum tips, raised bands to spine, gilt lettered green morocco label, new endpapers. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown of George Henry Virtue (d.1866) who was for several years Treasurer of the Royal Numismatic Society, small inscription dated 1733 at top of Dedication page, light brown damp stains to lower third of first 50 leaves, intermittently from 3D6 - 4H2, and on final 6 leaves of index, occasional small pale damp stains to margins, Dedication page slightly worn at fore - edge and lower corner, neatly repaired on reverse, some thumbing to lower outer corners of early pages, small closed margin tear on 18 leaves repaired neatly, 3 just entering text with no loss (3N5, 3R6, 4F6), small chip to fore - edge margin of 2N3, neatly repaired with loss of a couple of letters of side note, repairs to upper margin of 2R4, 2R5, and 3I6, occasional small light stain, mainly to margins, fore - edge margin of 3I6 trimmed, no loss to side notes, 1 early neat ink marginal note. A good copy with 5 facsimile leaves as noted. Chapters on various operations, treatment of fractures, plague, manufacturing of artificial limbs, obstetrics, nerve operations, tooth and eye structures, discussion on monsters and fantastical animals, and a treatise on distillation. Garrison & Morton, pages 224 - 226; Krivatsy, 17th Century Books in the National Library of Medicine, Wellcome Library, Volume I, No. 4825; Bibliotheca Walleriana No.7177. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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