Medicinalium observationum libri tres.

Lommius (Jodocus: Josse van Lom)

Medicinalium observationum libri tres.

Quibus notæ morborum omnium, et quæ de his possint praesagia, iudiciaque, proponuntur.

Description: FIRST EDITION, title within woodcut border, interleaved and annotated in the eighteenth-century (see below), title trimmed at foot with slight loss to border, side note on f. 90v trimmed, one or two annotations slightly trimmed, worming in the gutter, just affecting text on 2 leaves (the worming only affecting the printed text, not the interleaves), rust hole in f. 42 with the loss of a couple of letters, ff. [viii], 129, [3], 8vo, eighteenth-century unlettered calf, slightly rubbed, some surface abrasion to spine and lower cover, good

Publication Details: Antwerp: [Christpher Plantin for] Willem Silvius, 1560

Notes: The scarce first edition of a book which held sway for two and a half centuries, a copy that was rebound, interleaved and annotated in the mid-eighteenth century, probably in England. 'Originating as an accessible manual of diagnosis for municipal authorities, it emphasized the observable aspects of illness and downplayed the role of humors and hidden causes. As a result, it both heralded and served the trend to symptom-based nosology. Eventually, as disease concepts shifted from symptoms to organs, Lommius was eclipsed by the next epistemic fashion: positivistic organicism. The multiple editi...more

Bibliography: (Adams L1431; Ruelens & De Backer p. 23)

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Price: £2,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1560

Stock Number: 51432

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