This beautiful and exceptionally well-preserved binding featuring a medallion portrait of Julius Caesar modelled in high relief is one of a group of seven books acquired by the celebrated patron and connoisseur of luxury bookbindings, Marcus III Fugger, in Lyon or Geneva, in the 1560s. Two other books of this group are decorated by the same plaquette; the others are decorated by well-cut medallion heads of Nero, a young man, a male mask, and Judith. All seven books were printed in small format in Lyon between 1552 and 1560. They are evidence of the fashion for medallion bindings that developed in Northern Europe during the 1550s, just as the taste for them was waning in Italy.
A fine copy of Fuchs’ handbook of therapeutics, here in its final form incorporating the author’s last additions and revisions. The work developed from a book on therapies, De Medendis singularum humani corporis partium libri quatuor, published at Basel in 1539, immediately after Fuchs completed his Greek edition of Galen. A fifth part, “De medendis tumoribus praeter naturam”, was appended in 1542, when the book was reprinted by Johann Oporinus under the new title De Sanandis totius humani corporis libri quinque. Three further parts were prepared for the present edition, when the work assumed yet again a new title. These new parts (Books VI-VIII) discuss the treatment of wounds, tumours, ulcers, fractures and dislocations, and are illustrated by eight full-page woodcuts of surgical instruments copied (with acknowledgement) from Jean Tagault’s De chirurgia institutione (1543).
[Oxford], Printed for the Bibliographical Society at the Oxford University Press, 1923
(28.5 cm), xi, 137 pp., 16 leaves of plates. Publisher’s linen-backed printed boards. - The “List of medical books printed before 1481” (pp.39-126) was edited by Victor Scholderer; the preface is by A.W. Pollard. “Based on Osler’s presidential address to the Bibliographical Society in 1914, the work opens with an essay showing the influence of printing upon the development of modern medicine. Next follows a descriptive list of 217 medical books printed to 1480” (Garrison-Morton, 6769). ¶ Binding very worn (headcap torn, tear along one joint).
Milan (latterly Florence), R. Lier & Co. (latterly R.A.T. Lier), 1923-1954
Twenty-seven catalogues and ephemera (various formats). - A fine series of Reinhard Lier’s very rare catalogues, comprising the complete set of Early Medical Books (Parts I-X and New Series I-II, bound in two volumes by Esther Potter, quarter-cloth), catalogues of Old Science and Medicine (6 catalogues), Bulletins (5 catalogues), Lists, and some publications hors série. ¶ Unmarked copies, mostly in very good condition.
Four volumes (23.5 cm), set of four consecutively-paginated catalogues of medical books, as issued, in publisher’s printed wrappers. - The firm was founded in 1889 by Julius H. Halle and was continued after his death (aged 63, on 9 December 1927) by his widow Ida Halle; it was liquidated in 1935. The excellent descriptions were prepared by Ernst Schulte-Strathaus (1881-1968); the last catalogue may have involved Emil Offenbacher, who was apprenticed to the firm from 1931-1933. A projected fifth part offering “Portraits of eminent physicians” was abandoned; in its place, a catalogue with provisional title “V: Medicina occulta: Alchemy, Astrology, Physiognomics, Chiromancy, Magics, Miraculous cures, Mnemotechny” was scheduled, to be followed by “VI: Supplement, biographics, portraits: Index of the whole catalogue”. Neither ever appeared, and the series is complete in four parts as offered here.
Offered with [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 51] Alchemie: Metallurgie - Kräuterbücher [at head of title:] Geheime Wissenschaften 1. Munich: J. Halle, 1924. (23.5 cm), 62 pp., 2 illustrations (title-page and cover). 345 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. ¶ Wrappers dust-soiled.
(22.5 cm), 16 pp., 1 illustration (in colour). 71 items; priced. Self-wrappers. - The earliest book is Frascatoro’s De sympathia et antipathia rerum (Lyon 1550) in a “Fugger” binding. The descriptions by Hans Werner Taeuber (1887-1970) are in English and his prices in US dollars. ¶ Wrapper dust-soiled.
(25.5 cm), 157 pp., frontispiece and 9 plates. Publisher’s cloth. - One hundred editions of the poem are described with detailed collations and extensive notes. Revision of the authors’ Handlist of editions of the poem, Syphilis, sive Morbvs gallicvs by Girolamo Fracastoro, of Verona (Oxford: Privately printed at the University Press by John Johnson, 1933). ¶ Very good, unmarked copy. Lacking dust jacket.
New York, Henry Schuman Inc. / Army Medical Library, 
(26 cm), xiii (1), 361 (1) pp., with 12 black & white plates. Publisher’s black cloth. - First edition (introduction dated October 1, 1948). Describes 490 incunabula, 35 Western and 127 Oriental manuscripts (the latter catalogued by F.E. Sommer, of the John G. White Collection, Cleveland Public Library). ¶ Loosely inserted are offprints of three publications of William Jerome Wilson: “Historical Libraries – New style” (from College and Research Libraries, January 1950); “Historical source materials in medical libraries” (from Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, volume 39, No. 1, January 1951); “A Plan for a comprehensive medico-historical library: scope and coverage” (from The Library Quarterly, volume XXI, No. 4, October 1951). ¶ An excellent, unmarked copy.
(26 cm), (8) 79 (1) pp., illustrations. 36 catalogue entries. Leaf loosely inserted with entries 17a and 34a. Compliments slip (subscribed by the author) loosely inserted. Publisher’s blue printed wrappers. - Detailed descriptions of 39 early-printed books in the author’s collection, prefaced by “A Collection of Early Obstetrical Books” (reprinted from The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, volume 24, December 1951). These books, together with subsequent acquisitions (C. Doris Hellman, “Additions to the Alfred M. Hellman collection of early obstetrical books” in The Academy Bookman [New York Academy of Medicine], volume 11, no. 2, 1958, pp.2-11), were sold in an auction conducted by Bonhams, London, 10-11 October 1979. The principal buyer was H.P. Kraus (cf. his Catalogue 164, items 111-122). ¶ Title-page annotated in ink; otherwise a clean, unmarked copy.
(24 cm), 8 pp., 1 illustration. 94 items; priced. Self-wrappers. - Ziegler is best-known for a catalogue of books on alchemy (1944), for which Jung wrote the preface (Thomas Fischer, “The alchemical rare book collection of C.G. Jung” in International Journal of Jungian Studies, volume 3, September 2011, pp.172-173, 178). ¶ Wrappers dust-soiled.
(22.5 cm), 198 pp. 1515 items; priced. Self-wrappers. - Arno Benedict Luckhardt (1885-1957) was professor emeritus of physiology at the University of Chicago; according to Fulton’s prefatory memoir, he “collected broadly in the history of medicine as well as physiology, and the selection which Mr Schumann now presents in the catalogue illustrates the catholicity of his tastes and interests”. This is the second catalogue in a “new series” inaugurated by Ida Walerstein Schuman (1912-1977) after her husband, the pre-eminent dealer in medical books, Henry Schuman (1899-1962), began to concentrate on publishing. ¶ Ink spot on fore-edge; otherwise a very good, unmarked copy.
New York & London, Hafner Publishing Company, 1962
(23.5 cm), xxvii (1), 435 (1) pp., with plates. Publisher’s green cloth, dust jacket. - English translation of Choulant’s Geschichte und Bibliographie der anatomischen Abbildung (1st German edition, Leipzig 1852), accompanied by essays by Fielding H. Garrison, Mortimer Frank, Edward C. Streeter, and Charles Singer, and a bibliography of Mortimer Frank (1874-1919) by Jens Christian Bay. Reprint of the New York 1945 edition. ¶ Dust jacket slightly rubbed; otherwise a fine, unmarked copy.
London, Wellcome Historical Medical Library / Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1995
Four volumes (31 cm), I (1962): 407 pp. II (1966): 540 pp. III (1976): xvi, 565 pp. IV (1995): xiii, 603 pp. Uniform publisher’s blue cloth. - First editions. The concluding volume (Books printed from 1641 to 1850, R-Z) published in 2006 is not present (ISBN 1841290610). ¶ Excellent, unmarked set.
(34.5 cm), (2) 107 (1) pp. 1158 catalogue entries. Publisher’s brown cloth. - Reprint of Tammaro de Marinis’s catalogue of the Vittorio Putti (1880-1940) collection of medical manuscripts, books, and autographs, originally published as La raccolta Vittorio Putti: antiche opere di medicina manoscritte e stampate lasciate all’Istituto Rizzoli di Bologna (Milan 1943). Provenance is often recorded. ¶ Fine copy.
Bethesda, U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare, 1967-1989
Three volumes (27 cm), I (Sixteenth century printed books, 1967): xii, 698 pp. II (Seventeenth century printed books, 1989): xiv, 1315 (1) pp. III (Eighteenth century printed books, 1979): vi, 501 (1) pp. Uniform publisher’s grey cloth. - First editions. Durling’s catalogue describes 4808 sixteenth-century books and broadsides, with geographical and name indexes of printers and publishers, a concordance of STC items, and an index of vernacular imprints. Krivatsy’s catalogue describes approximately 3300 monographs, dissertations, broadsides, pamphlets and serials, printed between 1601 and 1700; and Blake’s approximately 20,000 such items printed between 1701 and 1800. Garrison & Morton 6786.21, 6786.33. ¶ Fine set with minimal traces of use and no marks of ownership.
(25 cm), 140 pp.,  p. of plates (pls.I-XXIV), text illustrations. 457 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Among the early-printed books are Ketham’s Fasciculus medicinae 1500 (item 191, $4500), Platina’s De Honesta voluptate 1475 (item 339, $4500), and Savonarola’s De Pulsibus 1487, the Pillone library copy, with its fore-edge painted by Cesare Vecellio (item 378, $3500). ¶ Unmarked copy.
London, Pitman Medical & Scientific Publishing Co. Ltd, 1970
(30 cm), (4) 178 pp., with 32 colour-plates and 318 black & white figures in the text. Publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - Translation of Geschichte der medizinischen Abbildung. 1. Von der Antike bis um 1600 (Munich 1967). Preface (In Memoriam: Robert Herrlinger) by F.N.L. Poynter. Garrison & Morton 6610.4 (translation). ¶ Dust jacket rubbed. Excellent copy.
(24 cm), ix, 661 pp. Publisher’s cloth, wrappers. - A history from The Great Pestilence of 1348 to the Plague of London in 1665, discussing (vain) efforts to control the disease, and its consequence on social and economic life. ¶ As new.
(26 cm), 128 pp., illustrations. 455 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A selection from the library of Herbert McLean Evans (1882-1971), that “Nestor of scientific bibliomania” (Jake Zeitlin). Catalogue compiled by Michael Horowitz. ¶ Dated in ink on upper cover, annotations in ink beside item 368; otherwise a clean copy.