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SANTORIO, Santorio (1561-1636). A new art of physick. Contained in eight sections of aphorisms, concerning insensible perspiration; being a vapor of breathing from the body. Plainly shewing that health and sickness is best discerned by weighing the body. Translated by Abdiah Cole (1610?-1670?). London: Peter Cole, 1663.
Small 8o (142 x 87 mm). Collation: B-G8 47 leaves (of 48, without G8 blank). Engraved frontispiece showing a man seated in a chair-scale before a table set with food, type ornament title border, typographic headpiece and initial ornaments. 8-page list of books printed by Peter Cole (B5r-B8v). (Slight marginal fraying to first 3 leaves, light overall discoloration.) Modern half calf.
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, EXTREMELY RARE, apparently unrecorded. Cole, a self-described physician but not recorded as a member of the College of Physicians, was "a copious tranlsator and manufacturer of medical books...all either translations of standard continental works, or semi-popular works of an inferior stamp" (DNB). His name is often joined in the titles to that of Nicholas Culpeper in works that appeared after Culpeper's death, implying that Cole's principal function was one of editor. This edition is unrecorded in Wing, the NUC, or any of the standard bibliographies, which generally mistakenly call John Davies' 1676 translation the first edition in English. Norman 1891.
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