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Marsilius de Sancta Sophia (d.1405).
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Marsilius de Sancta Sophia (d.1405).

OPUS AUREUM AC PRECLARUM. 1517

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Marsilius de Sancta Sophia (d.1405).
Opus aureum ac preclarum. 1517
SANCTA SOPHIA, Marsilius (d. 1405), and others. Opus aureum ac preclarum ... De febribus. De omnium modorum fluxu ventris. De omnium accidentium febrium cura. De febre pestilentiali. Galeatii de Sancta Sophia de febribus. De omnium modorum fluxu ventris. De omnium accidentium februm cura. Ricardi parisiensis de signis febrium. Antonii de Gradis Mediolanensis de febribus ... Lyon: October 1517.

Very rare compilation of essays on the various types of fevers and their treatments. The volume was edited by Michael de Capella (fl.1500-1538), the editor of Avicenna (Lyon, 1508), and contains the works of four important medieval physicians. This is the very rare second edition; we have not been able to trace any copies at auction in the past 40 years (ABPC/RBH), and there are only about 11 copies in institutions. The first edition of 1514, also published in Lyon, is even rarer, with no auction records and only 4 institutional copies traced. Adams S-251; Durling NLM 2972.

Quarto (202 x 140 mm). Title printed in red (leaves d1-3 with very minor marginal repaired tears affecting some marginalia, some very minor adhesion to f8v and g1r affecting a couple of letters, some variable spotting and browning, final quire waterstained and spotted). Contemporary Italian goatskin over thin boards, covers pannelled with blind and gilt fillets, gilt vine-leaf tools at corners in the style of the Mendoza bookbinder for Aldine bindings, diced spine, dark blue edges, 4 tie holes to each cover (ties lacking, spine and joints repaired). Provenance: early ink marginalia and annotation in two different 16th-century hands – 'Ex bibl. Casnacich' (19th-century inscription on front fly leaf and ink stamp on title, possibly Giovanni Augusto Casnacich, 1817-1883, collector and bibliographer of Dubrovnik).
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