16th-century leaf with Illustrations of a Giraffe, a Bird of Paradise, and a Huspalim from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters

16th-century leaf with Illustrations of a Giraffe, a Bird of Paradise, and a Huspalim from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (M.LXXXVII-M.LXXXVIII) measures approximately 8.25” x 12.5” and came from the 1585 printing of Les Oeuvres d’Ambroise . . . Des Monstres. The images are strong. The leaf has some minor soiling and edge-wear. This leaf contains illustrations which the text (in a rough summarized translation of Paré’s French) describes as 1) a Huspalim from Ethiopia which is said to look like a giant marmot with red spotted skin that is kept in cages by people on the Island of Zacotera as a source of food, indigestible unless beaten thoroughly, 2) a Bird of Paradise (or a Manucodiata or the Bird of God) with golden head-feathers, the throat of a duck, and body of a peahen that flies at amazing speeds and is nourished only by air and dew, and 3) a group of three men capturing a giraffe, a shy animal that is gentle and easy to manage. Very good. Item #008747

Paré, the French royal surgeon for many years, was the preeminent surgeon of his time and is considered one of the fathers of surgery and modern forensic pathology as well as a pioneer of surgical techniques, battlefield medicine, and prosthetic design. He additionally had a scholarly interest in natural history, especially reports of “miraculous” or “monstrous” creatures and malformed births.

Price: $75.00