24 June 2009
WIRSUNG, Christopher (ca 1500-1571). Praxis medicinae universalis; or A Generall Practice of Physicke Compiled and Written by the Most Famous and Learned Doctour Christopher Wirtzung, in the German Tongue, and Now Translated into English by Jacob Mosan. London: Edmund Bollifant, 1598.
2o (285 x 180 mm). Woodcut device on title and numerous woodcut initials in text. (Some dampstaining.) Contemporary dark brown calf with gilt panels with gilt floriate corner pieces and a central gilt arabesque (rebacked preserving original spine label, repaired at corners). Provenance: gift inscription "Given by Mr. Tho. James 1711" on front pastedown; a few ink notations in text; Sion College Library (ink stamp on verso of title-page).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Ein new Artzney Buch, first published in Heidelberg in 1568. This present edition is translated by Jacob Mosan and gives numerous botanical remedies in the form of pills, powders, and syrups. Ailments are divided up in chapters, like "Of the fainting of the hart in generall" "When any are infected with the Plague," with more specific and related symptoms following. The treatments recommended are exhaustive and are mostly botanical, although non botanical remedies such as enemas, baths, bloodletting, and plasters are included as are dietary and lifestyle advice. ESTC 25862; Wellcome I, 6758.
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