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).
(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.
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.
London, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1981
(25 cm), ix (1), 154 pp. Publisher’s cloth (issued without dust jacket). - Essays by Wesley D. Smith, Iain M. Lonie, Don G. Bates, Andrew Cunningham, Johanna Geyer-Kordesch, Dale C. Smith, and W.F. Bynum, in part delivered as papers at a meeting in the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in June 1980. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
Chicago & London, University of Chicago Press, 1999
(24 cm), xiii, 375 pp.,  leaf of plates, text illustrations. Publisher’s boards, pictorial dust jacket. - First edition (reprinted in 2000 as a paperback). “How to Do It shows us sixteenth-century Italy from an entirely new perspective: through manuals which were staples in the households of middlebrow Italians merely trying to lead better lives. Addressing challenges such as how to conceive a boy, the manuals offered suggestions such as tying a tourniquet around your husband’s left testicle. Or should you want to goad female desires, throw 90 grubs in a litre of olive oil, let steep in the sun for a week and apply liberally on the male anatomy. Bell’s journey through booklets long dismissed by scholars as being of little literary value gives us a refreshing and surprisingly fun social history” (publisher’s advertisement). ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.