Ophthalmodouleia. Das Ist Augendienst - Limited Edition 2800 Copies in Slipcase
The Scolar Press - Editions Medicina Rara. Hardcover. Book, Facsimile of the 1583 Edition, Good Condition, Hardcover Half-Leather Binding with plain green boards. Title in gold on red label on spine between raised bands in Slipcase, German Text, 274pp + Illustrations Ophthalmodouleia. Das ist Augendienst / Newer und wolgegründter Bericht von ursachen und erkenntnüs aller Gebrechen, Schäden und Mängel der Augen und des Gesichtes, wie man solchen anfemglich mit gebürlichen Mitteln begegenen Twenty-eight hundred copies of Georg Bartisch's Ophtalmodouleia were printed for the members of Editions Medicina Rara at the presses of The Scolar Press, Ilkley, England, on a paper manufactured by The Inveresk Paper Co. Inverkeithing, Scotland. The plates for this printing were made from a copy of the original 1583 edition, belonging to the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, West Germany. Five hundred copies have been bound in füll leather and are numbered in Roman numerals I-D. Twenty-three hundred copies have been bound in quarter leather with Fabriano Roma rag paper and are numbered in Arabic numerals 1-2300. All were bound at the bindery of Weatherby-Woolnough, Wellingborough, England. This copy is number 740. The first Renaissance manuscript on ophthalmic disorders and eye surgery, published in 1583 by German physician Georg Bartisch (1535-1607), considered by many to be the "father of modern ophthalmology". The work contains a total of 92 woodcuts each depicting diseases of the eye - some using an overlay technique enabling the reader to "dissect" parts of the head or eye by lifting up a series of flaps. Accompanying the images is a detailed discussion of ocular diseases, surgical techniques, and instruments used, all written in Bartisch's native German rather than Latin, a highly unusual move for the time. Depsite his scientific calling, Bartisch was a superstitious man, believing that astrology, magic, and witchcraft played a significant part in the causes of disease. 0. Very Good.
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