Basilae: Froben, 1556. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. , 406, pp. 1/3 calf over paper covered boards. Striking publisher's device on title-page. Decorative initials. First edition of this remarkable work by one of the most famous physician of the 16th century, compiling the author's first four "curationum medicinalium centuriae," or his first 400 remedies, to cure various medical problems. Some age wear on binding with upper spine chipped and worn. 6" closed tear on upper front and back joint, with remnants of paper tape alongside. Edges of binding and corners heavily rubbed. Some rubbing on front and back covers. Ex-library copy with library stamp on title-page. Contemporary handwritten ex-libris at bottom of title-page. Fore-edge of first 10 pages partly chipped (not affecting text). Moderate to heavy water staining on lower and outer margin of pages. Sporadic contemporary marginalia (in Latin). The last 4 leaves of index are missing. Text in Latin. Binding and interior in overall fair condition. f. Item #18736
About the author: "João Rodrigues de Castelo Branco, better known as Amato Lusitano and Amatus Lusitanus (1511-1568), was a notable Portuguese Jewish physician of the 16th century. Like Herophilus, Galen, Ibn al-Nafis, Michael Servetus, Realdo Colombo and William Harvey, he is credited as making a discovery in the circulation of the blood. He is said to have discovered the function of the valves in the circulation of the blood." (From Wikipedia).