De Morbis Venereis Libri Sex
Small quarto. XXXV, 639, pp, pp. of index. Original vellum with title neatly handwritten on spine. Title-page in red and black lettering and with woodcut vignette. Decorative headpieces and initials. Fascinating early edition of one of the most important work on venereal disease. Jean Astruc (1684-1766) was professor of anatomy at Toulouse and Montpellier, principal physician to the king of Poland, and professor at the medical school in Paris. Of the more than two dozen medical books he published, the present one is the most famous. Some edge wear on binding with boards and spine slightly soiled and rumpled. Tail of spine somewhat worn. One inked mathematical computation on front cover. Minor foxing throughout. Text in Latin. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition.
Edition: Second printing of the augmented edition
Book ID: 18910