16th-century leaf with illustrations of a Pirassoipi (two-horned Unicorn) and a Sea Elephant from Ambroise Paré’s Poisons

16th-century leaf with illustrations of a Pirassoipi (two-horned Unicorn) and a Sea Elephant from Ambroise Paré’s Poisons

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (VIII.CXV-VIII.CII) measures approximately 8.25” x 12.5” and came from the 1585 printing of Les Oeuvres d’Ambroise . . . Des Venins The images are strong. The leaf has some minor soiling and edge-wear. The upper right corner of the leaf is missing, but there is no loss to the text or images. The front of the leaf features an illustration of a Pirassoipi, the reverse shows an image of a sea elephant. Paré notes that some believe the tusks and horns of these animals are antidotes to poison. Very good. Item #008749

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: $100.00