London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
SANTORIO, Santorio (1561-1636). Methodi vitandorum errorum omnium, qui in arte medica contingunt libri quindecim. Venice: Francesco Bariletti, 1603. 2° (316 x 212mm). Small woodcut world map on title, initials and a few woodcut headpieces, with the final errata leaf (intermittent slight worming in lower margins with no damage to text, lower margins lightly waterstained throughout). Contemporary vellum, remains of one tie (a few neat and unobtrusive repairs), in a folding board box.
FIRST EDITION with a little world map on the title not known to Shirley. 'First mention of Santorio's pulse-clock ("pulsilogium") and his scale. Through most of the 17th and 18th centuries Santorio's name was linked with that of Harvey as the greatest figure in physiology and experimental medicine because of his introduction of precision instruments for quantitative studies. He was also the founder of modern metabolic research', Garrison-Morton 572.1; Gedeon pp.36-37; Wellcome I, 5757; Alden and Landis 603/101; Krivatsy 10250.
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