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FABRICI, Girolamo (ca. 1533-1619). De locutione et eius instrumentis liber. Edited by Johannes Leopolita Ursinus (1563-1613). Padua: Lorenzo Pasquato, 1603.
Large 2o (385 x 250 mm). Collation: **4 A-C4 D2. 18 leaves. One engraved illustration on D1v, signed "Joa. de Bust sculpt"; woodcut printer's device on title, ornamental woodcut initials and tail-pieces. (Dampstain to lower inner blank margin.) Modern tan half calf, buckram sides.
Second edition. Girolamo Fabrici, also known from the Latin form of his name as Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquapendente, taught anatomy at the University of Padua, where he had previously studied under Gabriele Falloppio, himself a student of Vesalius. Fabrici published a series of works on aspects of anatomy, including the present work on human speech organs and the physiology of voice production. Edited by Johannes Ursinus, a Polish student of Fabrici's, De locutione was first published in 1601 in Venice by J.B. and D. Meietos. Since the first edition was in quarto, the present Padua edition may have been published in order to make the work available in same large folio format as Fabrici's later works, including De brutorum loquela (Padua, 1603), De venarum ostiolis (see lot ____), De formatu foetu (see lot ____), and De formation ovi et pulli (see lot ____). This standard format was specified by the author so that the individual works could be bought singly by students and bound together. After Fabrici's death the treatises were reissued in two collective volumes published in 1625 by Roberto Meglietti and Antonio Meglietti; the individual works are found more frequently in that form than as separate pamphlets retaining their original title pages.
NLM/Krivatsy 3830; Waller 2885; Norman 749.
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