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SANTORIO, Santorio (1561-1636). Commentaria in primam fen priomi libri Canonis Avicennae. Latin translation by Gerardus Cremonensis. Venice: Jacopo Sarcina, 1625.
2o (317 x 217 mm). Title printed in red and black, printer's woodcut device, woodcut initials and headpieces, 43 woodcut text illustrations and diagrams, including a few repeats. Fol. A4 blank and present. (Occasional soiling, mostly marginal dampstaining, a few leaves browned.) Modern vellum. Provenance: Franci Maria Cavone (17th-century inscription on title); a few early marginalia.
FIRST EDITION, containing the first illustrations of Santorio's measuring devices. "The chief value of this work lies in its revelation (still quite hesitant, although accompanied by diagrams for the first time) of the principles of construction" of various diagnostic and measuring instruments designed by Santorio (DSB), including a hygrometer, a pendulum for measuring pulse rate, a syringe for extracting bladder stones, and a bathing bed.
Garrison-Morton 2668; Norman 1893.
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