KETHAM, JOHANNES DE. Fasciculus medicinae [with PETRUS DE TUSSIGNANO. Consilium pro peste evitanda; MUNDINUS. Anatomia (edited by Petrus Andrea Morsiano); RHASIS. De aegritudinibus puerorum]. Venice: Joannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, de Forlivio, 28 March 1500.
Median folio, 303 x 212mm. (11 15/16 x 8 5/16in.), recent limp vellum, leather ties, woodcut border of six of the full-page cuts cropped, small tear at gutter of first leaf catching rule border, a few wormholes filled throughout affecting text and cuts, some staining.
Collation: a-e f . 34 leaves, unfoliated, with signatures. Types: 74G (text); 110R, 64G, 58G, 57G (diagrams). Double column. 64 lines. Four 13-line, one 12-line and 118 ornamental woodcut initials. 10 full-page woodcut illustrations attributable to the school of Gentile Bellini.
"The first medical text with realistic figures....The first anatomical book to be illustrated."--Stillwell. From its first appearance in 1491, the Fasciculus was a cumulative publication of medical texts. In over thirty years it went through fourteen editions until after 1523 when it was not much used. The Anothomia of Mondino, for instance, the first modern work on anatomy, first appeared in the second edition of the Fasciculus (Venice 1493). This March 1500 edition contains the first printing of the Rhasis, De aegritudinibus puerorum.
H 9776*; Polain (B) 2412; IGI 5299; Proctor 4562; BMC V 351 (IB 21150); Essling 588; Sander 3746; Goff K-15.
Provenance: Jorge de Beristayn (correspondence: purchased from Luigi Lubrano, Naples 1930); Juan Carlos Ahumada, bookplate, ink stamp on a blank page at front and in lower margin of last text page; the present owner.