ORIBASIUS SARDIANUS (325-403). Synopseos ad Eustathium filium lib. novem. Translated by Giambattista Rasario. Paris: Maurice Menier for Oudin Petit, 25 July 1554.
12° (116 x 76mm). Woodcut publisher's device on title. Woodcut initials. Ruled in red throughout. (A few leaves lightly marked.)
BINDING: Parisian late 16th-century citron morocco gilt, boards with grounds of oval tools of different flowers interspersed with smaller flower tools, enclosed within borders of leafy sprays, upper board with gilt armorial [Olivier 65], lower board with gilt plant device enclosed by motto [Olivier 65], board-edges gilt, spine decorated with floral tools, lettered in central cartouche, raised headbands, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed, lower corners bumped, a few unobtrusive wormholes); modern brown cloth solander box. Hobson/Culot2 68B; Musea Nostra, p.40.
PROVENANCE: Pietro Duodo (binding) -- Cuthell Martin, 23 May 04 (inscription on front free endpaper, presumably recording purchase from London booksellers Cuthell and Martin) -- sale, Paris, 13 December 1990, lot 163.
A BINDING FROM THE FRENCH LIBRARY OF THE SCHOLAR AND DIPLOMAT PIETRO DUODO (1554-1611), for whom see lot 81. Oribasis was born in Pergamon and was a pupil of Zeno's at Alexandria, and subsequently became physician to the Emperor Julian. He is best known for his 70-volume Synagogae medicae, an encyclopaedia of medicine compiled from the major medical writers of antiquity, such as Aristotle, Heliodor and Galen; the Synopseos is an epitome of his works written at the request of his son Eustachius, and 'demonstrates his clear judgement in the treatment of such matters as diet in pregnancy, the choice of nurses, and diseases of children' (Eimas 46, Venice: 1554 ed.) Durling NLM 3410; Wellcome I, 4649.