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29 October 1992
RUEFF, JACOB. The Expert Midwife, or an excellent and most necessary treatise of the generation and birth of man....Also the causes, signes and various cures, of the most principall maladies and infirmities incident to women. Six Bookes compiled in Latine...and now translated into English. London: E. G[riffin] for S. B[urton] 1637.
Small 4to, 180 x 138mm. (7 1/8 x 5 7/16in.), contemporary calf, gilt-lettered panel on spine, head of spine slightly defective, upper joint cracked, corners worn, some slight worming up to signature F. headline torn on F6, some old slight staining, tiny hole in I2, modern quarter morocco box.
First Edition in English, 36 woodcuts, of which six are full-page. Rare.
Osler 3849; STC 21442.
Provenance: James Yonge, seventeenth- or eighteenth-century signature on free endpage (presumably the medical writer, 1646-1721, see DNB); T. Price, 1833 inscription on upper cover; W.H. Robinson Ltd. "Bibliotheca Philippica" label (many an old book was given a Sir Thomas Phillipps provenance by the Robinsons!); Juan Carlos Ahumada, library stamp twice at front and bookplate; the present owner.
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