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From antique documents on the curriculums of old American medical schools to posters with detailed illustrations of infinitely small parts of the human anatomy, there are plenty of fascinating books to choose from in the rare medical books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. For medical professionals and students alike, these featured antique and rare medical books are sure to diversify your breadth of knowledge and expertise in the area of medicine. Many of the rare and antique medical books in the Biblio Rare Book Room feature gorgeous bindings and beautiful illustrations, and they are sure to add value to your home or office book collection.

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OPERA OMNIA ANATOMICO-MEDICO-CHIRURGICA
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OPERA OMNIA ANATOMICO-MEDICO-CHIRURGICA

by RUYSCH, Frederik

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1721. RUYSCH, Frederik. OPERA OMNIA ANATOMICO-MEDICO-CHIRURGICA. Huc usque edita. Quorum Elenchus pagina sequenti exhibetur. Cum figuris aeneis. Amstelodami, apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1721 [i.e. c. 1733]. 4 quarto volumes. Engraved title-page and portrait, 9 text illustrations, + 135 sheets of engraved illustrations. (The illustrations of jars and tableaux of skeletons in the Thesaurus anatomicus by Cornelius Huyberts are worthy of special note for their surreal combination of flowers, fishes, reptiles, seashells and delicate body parts.) This is a four-volume collection of separately published works by Ruysch or of works addressed to him by others; it also includes a life of Ruysch by J. F. Schreiber, a four-page table of contents (which lists only a portion of the works that comprise this set), and an index, dated 1725. The forty-four component works, in varying editions, were all printed by Jansson & Waesberge at Amsterdam from 1720-1733; each has a separate title-page and pagination. It… Read More
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Octoginta volumina
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Octoginta volumina

by Hippocrates

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The Father of Medicine - a physician's copy
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Folio, 280 x 205 cm, late 18th or early 19th century morocco, stained, spine gilt, darkened, lettered gilt, contemporary marbled endpapers, 410 leaves, woodcut title page border entirely unshaved at the top and rarely found thus, Roman, italic and gothic types, table of contents in double columns, index in three columns, printed shoulder notes, large woodcut initials, some browning and old damp staining to upper margins throughout, insignificant wormhole to upper margin of last few leaves, engraved armorial bookplate of Johnstone to front pastedown, library stamp to lower blank margins of nine leaves, complete with colophon and final blank, an excellent large copy.
Printing & the Mind of Man 55. Adams, H567. Grolier, Medicine 1A. Wellcome 3177. NLM 2320.
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1. Johnstone, armorial bookplate, either Edward Johnstone [1757-1851], physician, first President of the provincial Medical & Surgical Association, one of the original physicians of the Birmingham General Hospital; or his brother John… Read More
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Dustur al 'Ilaj (the medical constitution) rare Persian manuscript on medicine
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Dustur al 'Ilaj (the medical constitution) rare Persian manuscript on medicine

by Sultan Ali known (al- Tabib) al- Khurasani al- Kanabadi

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1682 Handwritten. Very Good. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Persian manuscript on medicine mainly written in Samarkand in 933 AH.,- 1527 AD. and dedicated to the Sultan Mansur Kutchukunji (?) Khan. Very fine Shikaste-Ta'liq Persian black script with significant words in red. Colophon with date 1093 AH,- 1682 AD., scribe: Abd al Ghafur b. Muhammed Amin... and ownership: Hussein b. Yaqub. 374 p. in contemporary full leather binding. 24x18 cm. Scarce..
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Turisani monaci plusquam commentum in microtegni galieni: Cum questione eiusdem de Ypostasi
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Turisani monaci plusquam commentum in microtegni galieni: Cum questione eiusdem de Ypostasi

by TURISANUS (Pietro Torrigiano de' Torrigiani)

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Venice: [Boneto Locatello], 1504. Vellum. Very good. Third printed edition after those of Bologna (1489) and Venice (1498). 141 leaves with double columns of 66 lines each in 3 sizes of gothic letters. 32 cm. 18th-century vellum binding with leather spine label and yapp edges. Five words added in ink on title page "de Florentia, Cartusiensis" and at the bottom "Venetiis 1504". Turisanus (ca. 1275 - ca. 1350) studied medicine first in Bologna, where he was considered to be Taddeo Alderotti's best pupil, and then in Paris, before returning to Bologna to teach and finally become a monk. His most famous work is this "more than commentary" on Galen of Pergamum's Art of Medicine, which incorporates much philosophical learning but also displays a measure of scientific originality. The method is scholastic, but this did not prevent the text from playing a central role in medical education for over 200 years, appearing in print until 1557. Latin text.
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Commentario Secundo Aucti, in Libros Sex Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei De Medica Materia
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Commentario Secundo Aucti, in Libros Sex Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei De Medica Materia

by Matthioli, Pietro Andrea

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2nd Edition
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Venice: Officina Erasmiana, Apud Vincentium Valgrisium, 1558. 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Folio. Bound with: Apologia Adversus Amathum Lusitanum cum Censura in Eiusdem Enarrationes. Venice: Ex Officina Erasmiana, Vindentii Valgrisii, 1558. Contemporary pigskin binding, with title lettered on spine. With custom slipcase. Book I (Commentario Secundo Aucti): [cxx], 776 p.p. Handsomely illustrated with 703 woodcut illustrations of plants and animal figures. Includes 133 extra woodcuts than were previously issued in the first Venice edition in 1554.; Book II (Apologia): [8] 9-50 p.p. Pietro Andrea Gregorio Mattioli [1501-1577] was an Italian physician and botanist, who was doctor to Archduke Ferdinand I and Emperor Maximilian II. He helped advanced understanding of medical botany and contributed to knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants. In his Commentaries, Mattioli expanded on and identified plants not mentioned in Dioscorides Materia Medica. This second edition was the first to include… Read More
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Human Monstrosities
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Human Monstrosities

by Hirst, Barton Cooke and Piersol, George Arthur

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First Ediition
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Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Co, 1891. First Ediition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Folio (large). 4 Volumes. Bound in buckram in blue and green boards (not uniform). University markings stamped in gilt. Vol. I: [11] 12-88 p.p. with [7] plates; Vol. II: [9] 90-1112 p.p., [13] plates; Vol. III: [11] 113-150 p.p., [9] plates; Vol. IV: [9] 152-220 p.p. with [10] plates. A total of 39 plates photographic reproductions of physiological malformations, plus 111 woodcut illustrations in-text. The bookplates of the John Crerar and University of Chicago Libraries, with deaccession stamps. Embossed stamp of Crerar Library on title pages and some leaves. Crerar stamps to verso of some plates. Rubbing to edges and scuffs to boards. Bruising to spine ends with slight bumping at corners. Sporadic smudges to pages and chipping at edges, with old closed tear repairs. Front fly-leaf and title page in Vol. III detached. Otherwise in very good condition of this complete set. A treatise on teratology, the work was… Read More
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Icones anatomicae quotquot sunt celabratories ex optimis neotericum  operibus depromtae et...
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Icones anatomicae quotquot sunt celabratories ex optimis neotericum operibus depromtae et collectae. Atlas volumes.: Plates to text volumes Iconum anatomicorum explicatio

by Leopoldo Marco Antonio Caldani & Caldani, Floriano

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First Edition
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Three 21 x 28 1/8 inch (534 x 715 mm) untrimmed folio atlas volumes in four in original wraps. With frontis, 4 engraved titles & 461 plates, including 197 duplicates in outline. "Vol. 1: ossa et ligmenta, tabula I-LI.; Vol. 2: musculi et bursae mucosae, organa sensuum et viscera, tabula LII-CXXXIV.; Vol. 3, pt. 1, uterus gravadus, embriones humani, cor arteriae venae, tabula CXXXV-CCIV.; Vol. 3, pt. 2 vasa lymphatica, cerebrum nervi, tabula CCV-CCLXIV. Engraved portraits of authors on title page of v. 1 of plates./ V. 1 of plates published in 1801, v. 2 in 1804, v. 3, pt. 1 in 1810, and v. 3, pt. 2 in 1813; text v. published in 1802, 1804, 1805, 1808, 1814./ Many plates accompanied by an additional plate in outline./ Text vols. titled 'Iconum anatomicorum explicatio'" (OCLC: 58395230; 2018). Additional images and further information provided upon request.
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Medical Topography of Upper Canada
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Medical Topography of Upper Canada

by DOUGLAS, John

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London: Burgess and Hill, 1819. Hardcover. Very good +. 126 p. 22 cm. Bound in full leather with blank and gold impressing and burgundy spine label. Marbled endpapers. Binder's label on rear pastedown. Checkmark in top corner of title page. last page has slightly chipped top corner with a few ink marks in upper margin. The first medical book about Upper Canada and one of only two medical works relating to the War of 1812. Douglas's Medical Topography is an extremely important and scarce work, for which we can find no British or American auction records for 50 years. The author, Dr. John Douglas (1788-1861), was an Assistant Surgeon with the 8th Regiment on the Niagara Frontier, present at the battles of Chipawa, Fort Erie, and Lundy's Lane, as well as spending considerable time at the military hospital at Fort York. On p. 3 the author gives the contents of the work: "I. Of the topography of the country. II. Of the soil and climate. III. Of the services of the troops. IV. Of the diseases which… Read More
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Nouveau recueil d'ostéologie et de myologie dessiné d'après nature
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Nouveau recueil d'ostéologie et de myologie dessiné d'après nature

by GAMELIN, Jacques

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Toulouse, J. F. Desclassan, 1779. *** Seule édition de ce splendide ouvrage illustré de deux frontispices, un portrait, 82 planches à pleine page et 11 vignettes dans le texte. EXEMPLAIRE COMPLET de toutes ses planches et du très rare PROSPECTUS. Jacques Gamelin (1738-1803), natif de Carcassonne s'était installé à Toulouse où il avait organisé un atelier de dissection en vue de l'oeuvre qu'il voulait réaliser : un monument consacré à l'ostéologie et à la myologie. Dans cet atelier, entouré de préparateurs pour la dissection, il dessinait et gravait lui-même ses compositions les plus difficiles, particulièrement les tableaux historiques et les scènes de genre, aidé par deux de ses meilleurs élèves Martin et Lavallée. " L'ostéologie montre une série de très belles compositions à l'eau-forte qui donnent à l'ouvrage toute son originalité et dont certaines représentant des scènes animées, font penser à Rembrandt et à Goya. C'est Rembrandt qui est évoqué dans le… Read More
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La Chirurgie Esthétique des Rides du Visage. [In: La Presse Médicale. No 27. Lundi, 12 Mai...
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La Chirurgie Esthétique des Rides du Visage. [In: La Presse Médicale. No 27. Lundi, 12 Mai 1919]. - [FIRST PUBLISHED FACELIFT]

by PASSOT, RAYMOND.

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1919. (Paris), 1919. Folio. With a nice, later paper backstrip. Entire issue 27, 1919 of La Presse Médicale present (pp. 353- 360). Passot's article: 7 columns on pp. 258-261. With one illustration, depicting the ways to reduce wrinkles on a face. Well preserved. The very rare first printing of this pioneering work of plastic surgery - one of the very first - most likely THE first - publication on face lifting, consisting mainly in the elevating and redraping of the facial skin. The first facelift was reportedly done in either 1901 or 1907, but "[n]ot all writers of rhytidectomy spread their innovations through publication; some were teachers instead of writers. Sooner or later, however, those they taught began to write. Giving credit to his masters, Pozzi and Morestin, as well as Mlle. Pertat, Raymond Passot in 1919 described the following technique for eliminating cheek wrinkles and the buccolabial sulcus: First, he began the operation by "withdrawing miniscule amounts of tegument in the… Read More
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Les Oeuvres d'Ambroise Paré
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Les Oeuvres d'Ambroise Paré

by Paré, Ambroise

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12th Edition
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Hardcover
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Lyon: Jean Gregoire, 1664. 12th Edition . Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. LES OEUVRES DE AMBROISE PARE, CONSEILLER ER PREMIER CHIRURGIEN DU ROY by Ambroise Paré. Folio. 852 text pages + index. Contemporaneous full leather over boards. Spine is gilt stamped with raised bands and seven compartments. Hinges are sound. Pages browned, occasional small stains. Corners bumped. Top and bottom corners of spine and front edges of boards are rubbed. Page 653 damaged & taped, and laid over full blank page. No bookplate. Several "ex libris...." in antique hand. All pages from 1-852 are present, as are all introductory pages, as well as the index. Thirty books in one volume with profusely illustrated with woodcuts. Covers diverse topics including anatomy, muscles, the skeleton, tumors, wounds of war, arthritis, gangrene, leprosy & plague, childbirth, bandages, fractures, distillations, surgical instruments, prostheses, and bizarre creatures. Ambroise… Read More
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Chirurgien Dentiste, ou Traite Des Dents
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Paris: hez Pierre-Jean Mariette... et Chez l'Auteur, 1746. Le Chirurgien Dentiste, ou Traite Des Dents. Ou l'on enseigne les moyens de les entretenir propres & saines, de les embellir, d'en reparer la perte & de remedier a leurs maladies, a celles des Gencives & aux accidens qui peuvent survenir aux autres parties voisines des Dents. Avec des Observations & des Reflexions sur plufieurs cas singuliers. Ouvrage enrichi de quarante-deux Planches en taille douce... Deuxieme Edition revue, corrigee & considerablement augmentee. Paris: Chez Pierre-Jean Mariette... et Chez l'Auteur, 1746. Second and best edition. This edition is considerably enlarged. "In the second edition, 1746, he gave the first description of 'pyorrhoea alveolaris', a common affliction of the gums" (PMM). It also has two additional plates which are not in the first edition. With frontispiece portrait and forty-two plates. Two twelvemo volumes (6 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches; 168 x 91 mm). xxiv, [8, table], 494, [4, blank]; [12], 425, [17] pp.… Read More
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Reglamento formado para el cuerpo de invalidos de Nueva España por el Excmo. Sr. Bailio Fr. D....
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Reglamento formado para el cuerpo de invalidos de Nueva España por el Excmo. Sr. Bailio Fr. D. Antonio Maria Bucareli y Ursua Virrey Governador y Capitan General de ella, aprobado por S. M. en Real Orden de trece de Junio de 1773.

by Antonio Maria Bucareli y Ursua (1717-1779, Viceroy of New Spain).

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FIRST EDITION
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Founding Royal ordinance for the Corps of Invalids of New Spain
Antonio Maria Bucareli y Ursua (1717-1779, Viceroy of New Spain).
Reglamento formado para el cuerpo de invalidos de Nueva España por el Excmo. Sr. Bailio Fr. D. Antonio Maria Bucareli y Ursua Virrey Governador y Capitan General de ella, aprobado por S. M. en Real Orden de trece de Junio de 1773.
Mexico City, Joseph Antonio de Hogal, 1774.
Folio. [2], 19, [1 blank] pp. Collates: π, A-D2, π.
With the woodcut Royal coat of arms on the title. Signature of Viceroy Bucareli in ink on the final page.
Modern stiff marbled paper covers, leaves remargined in order to match the size of the volume. In linen made-to-measure case with title on front.
Very rare first and only edition of the founding document for the establishment of the Corps of Invalids in the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This Royal ordinance marks a crucial step in the military organisation of the Spanish Americas and greatly expanded the colonial military presence there.The Cuerpo de… Read More
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Plantae Utiliores
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Plantae Utiliores: or Illustrations of Useful Plants

by M.A. Burnett

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1st
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Very good complete copy of this Victorian classic of medical botany
Botanical illustrations by Mary Ann Burnett, sister of botanist Gilbert Burnett
First edition in four volumes complete with all 260 botanical illustrations drawn and hand-coloured by the artist
Illustrations of useful flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, medicinal plants, botanical dyes, mushrooms, etc.
Zincograph plates by Charles Chabot
One of only 316 copies printed for 262 subscribers
Mary Ann Burnett was the sister of Gilbert Burnett, Professor of Botany at King's College London and the Apothecaries' Society, Chelsea. Mary was an artist and worked as "a colourer of drawings and maps." Her brother's sudden death at age 35 in 1835 left her (and her mother) in "utter destitution." In 1836, the London Medical and Surgical Journal launched an appeal on their behalf with donations accepted at several banks and other locations in London.
Partly to stave off destitution, Mary Ann edited the text of her brother's magnum opus… Read More
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A briefe Treatise, called Caries farewell to Physick, newlie imprinted and augmented
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A briefe Treatise, called Caries farewell to Physick, newlie imprinted and augmented

by Walter Cary

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In the 9th century, the Persian scholar Al-Farghani wrote his Elements of Astronomy on the Celestian Motions (or, Astronomia differentia, also titled Alfragani Elementa Astronomica, because of the lack of authority titles in the pre-Modern period). In part a summary of Ptolomy's Greek Almagest, and in part a scientific tour de force in its own right, the Elements of Astronomy presented a (correct) calculation of the circumference of the earth and the tilt of the Earth's axis. In the 12th century, this Arabic text was translated into Latin, first by John of Seville, then by Gerard of Cremona. The Latin text puts to bed the tired fallacy that particularly Medieval peoples believed the Earth was flat. On this leaf the last line reads: Dicamusque cum puncto sphere terre esset punctus sphere celi necesse fuit ut superficies circuli equinoctii diei divideret superam terre… [And let us say that when the point of the sphere of the earth be the point of the sphere of the sky, it is necessary that the surface… Read More
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