24 June 2009
LEVENS, Peter (fl. ca 1570 - 1580). A Right profitable Booke for all Diseases, called The Path-way to Health. London, John Beale for Robert Bird, 1632.
4o (183 x 137 mm). Woodcut initial and head-piece. (Some occasional spotting.) Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked preserving the original spine, corners repaired, pastedowns renewed). Provenance: John Deane (signature date 28th March 1634 on recto of first blank); James Strang (late 17th-century lengthy inscription on recto of first blank).
An early edition, first published in 1582. As the title states, the work contains remedies and formulas for virtually every possible ailment. Peter Levens was a scholar and medical writer who attended Magdalen College, Oxford (1556-1559). ESTC S108483; NLM/Krivatsy 6929 (imperfect); Wellcome III, 508 (later edition, imperfect).
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