Item #002683 De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt. Eucharius RÖSSLIN, ROESSLIN.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.
De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.

The Rare first Latin edition

De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt.

Frankfurt: Christian Egenolph, 1532.

1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002683

De Partu Hominis et quae circa ipsum accidunt. Frankfurt: Christian Egenolph, 19 October 1532. 80 unnumbered leaves. Signatures: A-K8. Colophon on K8r. Woodcut illustration on title-page, woodcut illustrations in text. [Bound with] II. BARBARO, Francesco. De re uxoria libri duo. Hagenau: Johann Setzer (heirs), 1533. 52 unnumbered leaves. Signatures: A-E8 F4 G8. Colophon and printer's woodcut device on G8r. Two works in one volume. 8vo (152 x 95 mm). Contemporary blind-stamped polished calf, spine with 5 raised bands (expertly resored, ties lacking). Internally quite fresh and only very little browned, light dampstain to lower blank margin of some leaves. The woodcuts in first work with roman numbering in ink, a few short annotations elswere. Provenance: Etienne Tarnier, presentation copy to François Herrgott*, Jean Blondelet library. A fine, well margined copy. ----

I. VD16 R2861; cf. Heirs of Hippocrates 200 (1551 edition). First edition in Latin of Der swangern Frauwen und hebammen Rosegarten (first published in 1513). This extremely popular book on midwifery, which treats obstetrics as a separate subject in its own right, survived 40 editions. Eucharius Roesslin's son, also called Eucharius and also the town physician of Frankfurt, was responsible for this Latin translation. His father was responsibility for the midwives, therefore he wrote in the vernacular as midwives were unlikely to be conversant with Latin. The 21 pictorial woodcuts are of obstetrical subjects, mostly of the various positions of the foetus in utero, plus two medallion portraits on colophon page, one ornamental woodcut initial.
II. VD16 B 356; Panzer VI, 111, 359. First edition of the treaty on marriage offered by the Venetian humanist Barbaro (1390-1454) to his friend Laurent de Medici on the occasion of his marriage in 1416 with Ginevra Cavalcanti. Among the duties of women, he insists on the need for noble women to breast-feed their infants themselves. Includes a beautiful mark of the pharmacy Setzer on the last leaf.
*Dedication from the gynecologist Tarnier to Professor Herrgott, dated 1886/Paris. Inventor of the forceps and a supporter of Lister's aseptic practices, Etienne (or Stéphane) Tarnier (1828-1897) devised for the premature Incubator, reducing infant mortality by almost 30% in the Maternity Hospital in three years. Most of his work was published in the "Traité de l'art des accouchements" published under the names of Tarnier and his assistant Burin. His dedication to François Herrgott (1814-1907), professor in the faculty of medicine of Nancy and historian of medicine, occupies the whole verso of the first flyleaf. One can imagine that the few annotations in red ink are by Herrgott's hand. Our copy is quoted by Herrgott in his Essai d'une histoire de l'obstétricien, Paris, 189, II, p. 28.

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