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Paul of Aegina (625?-690?) [De Re Medica] Libri Septem

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2687B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 17, 2013 11:00AM


Paul of Aegina (625?-690?) [De Re Medica] Libri Septem. Basel: [Balthasar Lasius], 1538.
Narrow quarto, 637 pages, text in Latin translation throughout, translated and edited by Alban Thorer (1489-1550), with woodcut printer's device on title and final leaf, ornamental initials and head-pieces, single column italic type throughout; contemporary ownership inscription on title and accompanying marginal notes through most of the text; bound in a dated (1545) German alum-tawed pigskin binding, decorated with single and rolled tools over paper boards; back cover and final signature affected by dark mold discolorations, binding rubbed, a little dirty, a few very minor worm punctures to boards; edges originally stained greenish blue, now mostly faded, one endcap with slight tear at the joint, endbands and caps otherwise intact, 9 x 5 1/2 in.
Little is known about the life of this Byzantine Greek physician. His work, originally published in Greek in 1528, is valuable for its contributions to surgery and influence on the medical field in the Islamic world during the Middle Ages.
Estimate $400-600

a-d4, f6 [Graece], a-z4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, AA-MM4.

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Balthasar Lasius, Alban Thorer, physician