BRUNFELS, Otto (c. 1488-1534). Catalogus illustrium medicorum, sive de primis medicinae scriptoribus. Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1530 [colophon dated 16 December 1529].
BRUNFELS, Otto (c. 1488-1534). Catalogus illustrium medicorum, sive de primis medicinae scriptoribus. Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1530 [colophon dated 16 December 1529].

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BRUNFELS, Otto (c. 1488-1534). Catalogus illustrium medicorum, sive de primis medicinae scriptoribus. Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1530 [colophon dated 16 December 1529].

4o (207 x 156 mm). Title within woodcut border with portraits of famous medical men, one large woodcut initial and tail-piece. (Some pale dampstaining.) Nineteenth-century blue wrappers, titled in ink manuscript on upper wrapper; green cloth folding case. Provenance: Ludwig Choulant (1791-1861), Dresden physician and professor, author of numerous medical works, including Bibliotheca medico-historica., 1842 (signature on title).

FIRST EDITION, one of the earliest medical bibliographies and Brunfels's first publication. Brunfels received his doctor of medicine degree in Basel, 1532. His bibliography contains 750 entries, listing over 300 authors and their works in chronological order. It opens with an alphabetical index of authors and ends with a six-page subject index. The fine woodcut title-border shows doctors, twelve of whom are named (Hippocrates, Galen, Pliny, etc.), consulting each other, their books, or the tools of their trade. RARE: no copies appear in auction records in the last 30 years. Adams B-2916; Durling 721 (imperfect); Wellcome I, 1097. A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY.
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