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FERNEL, Jean François (1497-1558). Monalosphaerium, partibus constans quatuor. Paris: Simon de Colines, 1526 [colophon 1527].
2o (322 x 217 mm). Title within woodcut border attributed to Oronce Fine, woodcut diagrams and initials. (Some pale dampstaining at end.) Modern limp vellum.
FIRST EDITION OF FERNEL'S FIRST BOOK. The celebrated French physician here published a short treatise on the motions of the heavens and describes a kind of astrolabe of his own design. Renouard states that there were probably two albums of plates originally accompanying the work, and according to Sherrington "no copy seems now extant." Scarce: only the Honeyman copy (1979) and an anonymous owner's copy (Swann, 2000) appear in American Book Prices Current in the last 30 years. Adams F-251; Harrisse (Additions) 84 (containing reference to America in the versified address to the reader by Jehan Le Lieur); Houzeau & Lancaster 3260; Renouard Colines, pp.85 and 428; Sherrington 1A.
FERNEL. De vacuandi ratione liber. Venice: Erasmus, 1548. 8o. Later quarter vellum. Later edition. NLM/Durling 1484. [Bound with:] DUBOIS, Jacques (Jacobus SYLVIUS). In Hippocratis elementa. Venice: Erasmus and Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1543.The earliest edition listed by Durling and Adams is Paris, 1548. STC/BMC Italian I, 540 locates only the New York Academy of Medicine copy of the 1543 edition. Provenance: some contemporary marginalia in Italian in the second work. -- De abditis rerum causis libri duo. Venice: Andrea Arrivabene, 1550. 8o. Contemporary limp vellum. Provenance: contemporary notes in Italian on flyleaf, some marginalia. FIRST EDITION. NLM/Durling 1478. -- Praeclarissimi opera medicinalia nempe. Venice: Rutilio Borgominieri, 1564. 8o. odern half vellum. Later edition, the first with these additions, of Fernel's works. NLM/Durling 1462 gives the date as 1565. -- Consiliorum medicinalium liber. Paris: Aegidius Beys, 1582. 8o. Contemporary limp vellum. FIRST EDITION. NLM/Durling 1474. -- Therapeutices universalis, seu medendi rationis, libri septem. Lyons: Thomas Soubron, 1597. 8o. Contemporary vellum. Later edition. Together 5 volumes. (6)
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