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1 CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius (fl. ca. 25 A.D.). De medicina libri octo. Cum notis integris Joannis Caesarii, Roberti Constantini, Josephi Scaligeri, Isaaci Casauboni, Joannis Baptistae Morgagni. Ac locis parallelis. Cura & studio Th. J. ab Almeloveen.... Accedunt J. Rhodii vita C. Celsi, variae lectiones ex tribus antiquis editionibus, itemque loci aliquot Hippocratis et Celsi ab Henrico Stephano ... concinnati.
Lugduni Batavorum: Apud Joh. Arn. Langerak, 1746. 1746 
222 x 142 mm. 8vo. [lxx], 749, [27] pp. Engraved frontis. port., title in red and black, headpieces, tailpieces, floriated initials, engraved port., 2 engraved figs. (at pages 594, 690), indexes. Early quarter red vellum, vellum corners, marbled boards, ms. spine title; vellum along hinges and spine split, inner hinges cracked, gutter water-stained. ENTIRELY UNTRIMMED. Very good. The De medicina libri octo contains the following: Book I, historical review and general dietetics; Book II, pathology and general therapy; Books III & IV, special therapy; Books V & VI, pharmacology; Book VII, surgery; Book VIII, bone diseases. This work was written about A.D. 30 by the first important medical historian. Celsus left the best account of Roman medicine. See: Garrison and Morton 20 (1st printed edition, 1478). Of Celsus, Fridolf Kudlien writes in the DSB, "Celsus, therefore, even as a non-physician - whether one classifies him, following Luigi Castiglioni, as a ‘scholar’ or, following Meinecke, as an ‘artifex medicinae’ - fits very well into the medical world of imperial Rome: an aristocratic, Greek-educated Roman who, within the framework of a general education, was very strongly interested in medicine and who held a completely individual point of view that was nevertheless typical of the time; one might call him a Hippocratic eclectic." DSB, III, pp. 174-175. Theodore Jannson van Almeloveen (1657-1712) was a Dutch physician and classical scholar and the nephew of the celebrated printer, Jansson Almeloveen. He became successively professor of history, Greek, and medicine at the University of Harderwijk. He was a member of L’Academie des curieux de la nature, under the name of "Celsus secundus." Among his extensive writings were his work on medicine, particularly the works of the ancient physicians and historians of medicine: Celsus, Hippocrates, Sereni Sammonici, Casaubon, and others. Blake, NLM, p. 82; BM Readex, V, p. 282; Waller 1856; Wellcome, II, p. 319. See: Hirsch, I, pp. 686-687. First Edition. 
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De medicina libri octo. Cum notis integris Joannis Caesarii, Roberti Constantini, Josephi Scaligeri, Isaaci Casauboni, Joannis Baptistae Morgagni. Ac locis parallelis. Cura & studio Th. J. ab Almeloveen.... Accedunt J. Rhodii vita C. Celsi, variae lectiones ex tribus antiquis editionibus, itemque loci aliquot Hippocratis et Celsi ab Henrico Stephano ... concinnati., CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius (fl. ca. 25 A.D.).
2 CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius (fl. ca. 25 A.D.). De medicina libri octo. Cum notis integris Joannis Caesarii, Roberti Constantini, Josephi Scaligeri, Isaaci Casauboni, Joannis Baptistae Morgagni. Ac locis parallelis. Cura & studio Th. J. ab Almeloveen.... Accedunt J. Rhodii vita C. Celsi, variae lectiones ex tribus antiquis editionibus, itemque loci aliquot Hippocratis et Celsi ab Henrico Stephano ... concinnati.
Rotterodami, Apud Joh. Danielem Beman, 1750. 1750 
200 x 128 mm. 8vo. [lxx], 749, [27] pp. Engraved frontis. port., title in red and black, headpieces, tailpieces, floriated initials, engraved port., 2 engraved figs. (at pages 594, 690), indexes; top edge of pages [xxi-xxvi] torn, ms. notes in rear end-papers. Modern quarter brown speckled calf, calf corners, marbled boards, gilt spine, new end-leaves. Fine. A reprint of the 1746 edition. Blake, NLM, p. 82. 
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De re medicina libri octo. Editio nova, curantibus P. Fouquier in sal. Par facultate professore, et F. S. Ratier. D. M. P., CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius (fl. ca. 25 A.D.).
3 CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius (fl. ca. 25 A.D.). De re medicina libri octo. Editio nova, curantibus P. Fouquier in sal. Par facultate professore, et F. S. Ratier. D. M. P.
Paris: J. B. Bailliere, 1823. 1823 
143 x 93 mm. 12mo. 431 pp. Indexes. Contemporary full tree calf, raised bands, red leather spine label, elaborately gilt spine, marbled end-leaves. Initials "E.W." impressed in gilt on top cover. Ex library rubber stamps [Saint-Étienne Syndicat des internes] des hôpitaux Bibliothèque de l'internat [Lyon] (title, p. 15). Fine. See: BM Readex, V, p. 282. Handsome pocket edition printed in Paris. “De Re Medicina was not highly thought of by his contemporaries but, possibly because of its elegant use of Latin, became one of the most reproduced of all scientific books after the invention of movable type, the first edition having been printed in 1478. The De Re Medicina is divided into eight books and is the oldest surviving medical text after that written by Hippocrates. Celsus refers to 72 other medical author, none of whose works survive today. Most of the book refers to Greek sources and post-Hippocratic medical advances. Book Seven, “On the Extraction of Weapons from the Body,” deals with surgery and includes instruction for removing barbed arrowheads, spearheads, and lead of stone bullets fired from slings or catapults. Celsus described a complex arrow extractor, gives the technique for pulling a deep-seated projectile through the body’s opposite side, and describes isolating and protecting vessels and nerves with a blunt hook. Celsus recognized that knowledge of anatomy was essential to surgery and alleged that Herophilos and Erasistratos of Alexandria learned by dissection of live criminals. He did not personally engage in vivisection but did recommend examining open wounds in soldiers and gladiators whenever possible in order to see living organs. He described the ideal Roman chirurgus as youthful, steady of hand, ambidextrous, clear of vision, and strong of spirit. He also said a good surgeon should take pitty on his patients but not to such an extent that his cries of pain distracted him or changed the way he conducted his operation.” - Jack Edward McCallum. Military Medicine: From Ancient Times to the 21st Century. First Edition. 
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4 GUNDOLF, Friedrich. Paracelsus.
Berlin: Georg Bondi, 1928. 1928 
SECOND EDITION. 213 x 153 mm. 8vo. 135, [ads, 1] pp. Gilt-stamped green cloth. Very good. 
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