De medicina Aegyptiorum, libri quatuor. Prospero ALPINI.
De medicina Aegyptiorum, libri quatuor...
De medicina Aegyptiorum, libri quatuor...

One of the earliest European studies of non-Western medicine

De medicina Aegyptiorum, libri quatuor.

Venice: Francesco dei Franceschi, 1591.

1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Good. Item #001767

4to. (240 x 170 mm). [12], 150, [25] leaves. Roman and italic types, woodcut initials, publisher's woodcut device on title, 5 text woodcuts, 2 of which are full-page. Pages browned (in margins stronger) and somewhat spotted, mainly marginal dampstaining, larger worm holes affecting about 20 leaves with loss of few letters, paper repairs to margins and worm holes, ink underlining and annotations in old hand to a few pages, endpapers renewed, title with small tear to foremargin. Modern quarter vellum. ----

Adams A-802; Cushing A146; Garrison-Morton 6468; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 16; Heirs of Hippocrates 240 (1646 edn.); NLM/Durling 178; Norman 39; Osler 1796; Waller 12509; Wellcome 232. - FIRST EDITION, title in corrected state (see Mortimer). An important work on the practice of medicine in Egypt. "One of the earliest European studies of non-Western medicine. Alpini's work dealt primarily with contemporary (i.e. Turkish) practices observed during a three-year sojourn in Egypt. These included moxibustion--the production of counter-irritation by placing burning or heated material on the skin - which Alpini introduced into European medicine ... Alpini also mentioned coffee for the first time in this work" (Norman).

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