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Lot 1: Abu al-Qasim. Chirurgia Albucasis. De cauterio cum
Birmingham Medical Institute Rare Book Collection, 1500-1900
April 18, 2012
Near Cirencester, United Kingdom
Description: Abu al-Qasim. Chirurgia Albucasis. De cauterio cum igne, & medicinis acutis, per singula corporis humani membra. De sectione, perforatione, phlebotomia, & ventosis. De vulneribus, & extractione sagittarum, caeterisque similibus. De restauratione & curatione dislocationis membrorum. Cum instrumentorum deliniationibus, Strasbourg: Joannes Schott, 1544 , pp. [iv], 117-319 , lacks u1 (pp. 229-230, censored as depicting instruments for female circumcision), woodcut illustrations throughout including some full-page and one partly folding (z6), colophon dated 26 February 1532, faint library stamp to title, scattered old marginalia, some spotting, light browning and old dampstaining especially to margins of first and last few leaves, some dust-soiling to first and last leaves, a little worming to text, mostly pinhead hole but one short running wormhole affecting first fourteen leaves, bound with Tagault (Jean), [De chirurgica institutione libri quinque, 1st edition, Paris: Chrestien Wechel, 1543], woodcut initials and several illustrations including some full-page, errata leaf at rear with printer's woodcut device to verso, lacks eight preliminaries (all of first quire (alpha) leaves 2 and 5 from delta; delta 3 and 4 duplicated and misgathered), some old dampstaining mainly to early leaves, occasional spotting or browning, a few minor wormholes touching letterpress of final few leaves, three extraneous leaves bound between the two works and one old flyleaf bound into second work before G4, library cloth, slightly frayed at head of spine and joints, folio (278 x 188mm) The first work has taken the sheets (l-2d6) from the last part of Priscianus, Octavii Horatiani rerum medicarum libri quatuor, his accessit sextus liber de materia chirurgica, authore Iacobo Hollerio Stempano, medico Parisiensi, Strasbourg: Joannes Schott, 1532 [Adams P2119; Durling 3764] and bound them with two new preliminaries (title, 3pp. index) as a separately issued work. An interesting coupling of two early printed and uncommon surgery works. (1)