Benedetti (Alessandro), c. 1450-1512
Schullian (Dorothy M.), 1906-1989, editor and translator

Diaria De bello Carolino (Diary of the Caroline War)

New York, Frederick Ungar, 1967
(25 cm), ix (1), 276 pp. Publisher’s boards, dust jacket. - Latin text with parallel English translation. An eyewitness account of the retreat from Italy of Charles VIII of France in 1495, written by a physician of Verona, who was chief surgeon of the Venetian troops in the campaign. The text was first published at Venice by Aldus Manutius, after 27 August 1496. Although the book is not written primarily from the medical standpoint, it exemplifies a physician’s eye for detail and provides much information about health conditions and diseases prevailing in the camps of the French troops. Schullian was undoubtedly attracted to the work in the hope it would offer information about the origin of syphilis, of which she made a life-long study. “Dr Schullian’s vast erudition is apparent on every page” (from a review by Morris H. Saffron, in Renaissance Quarterly, volume 24, 1971, pp.519-522). ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
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