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First Illustrated Medical Printed Work
in German Language
Brunschwig, Hieronymus. Dis ist das buch der Cirurgia. Hantwirckung der wund artzney. Strasbourg, Joh. Grüninger (Johannes Reynardi de Grüningen [Gröningen/Markgröningen]), Tuesday after S. Peter and Paul (July 4), 1497. Sm. fol. 126 ll. (6 n. pag., then, partly incorrect, IX-CXXVIII, of which the latter verso white). 2 cols. 42-43 lines. Gothic characters. With several small illustrations of tools, colored title &
48 mostly almost full-page colored woodcuts
of physician , patient & pharmacy scenes , partly repeated .
FACSIMILE EDITION (sm. fol., 11⅝ × 8¼ in [29.5 × 21 cm]) along with accompanying booklet in German with full-page ills. (sm. 4to, 68 pp. incl. wrapper, paperback). Stuttgart, Edition Medicina Rara, (1974). Orig. vellum with projecting longitudinal edges and color title on spine in vellum-colored orig. board slipcase lined with brown velour.
(GdW 5593 [incorrect color title & 61 woodcuts]; Haller, Bibliotheca Anatomica, I, 152; Klebs, Incunabula Scientifica et Medica, 226.1 as without printer, place & date, which all is found as closing text.)
From the copy of the State and University Library Göttingen. – No. CLXXI/300 copies of the de-luxe edition in full vellum numbered in Roman by hand (total edition 2800 copies, the 2500 ordinary copies of which in h. vellum numbered Arabic). – Pp. 1-15 of the booklet with slight narrow dog’s ear lower right, otherwise, as the facsimile volume itself, as good as new .
The first edition of the without comment classic standard work
with its didactical illustration as belonging “to the best this art form at the Upper Rhine in the late Gothic has produced”. Written intelligibly as manual for barber-surgeons and surgeons in the broader meaning, touching upon “the whole surgical knowledge of the time”, based on ancient tradition just as Arabic models along with their great French successors.
Offer no. 29,008 | EUR 230. (c. US$ 278.) + shipping