16th-century leaf with illustrations of Facial Masks and Artificial Noses from Ambroise Paré’s Prosthetics. Ambroise Paré.
16th-century leaf with illustrations of Facial Masks and Artificial Noses from Ambroise Paré’s Prosthetics

16th-century leaf with illustrations of Facial Masks and Artificial Noses from Ambroise Paré’s Prosthetics

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (XI.CVII-IX.CVIII) measures approximately 8.25” x 12.5” and came from the 1585 printing of Les Oeuvres d’Ambroise . . . Les Moyens et Artifice d’Adiouster ce qui Default Naturellement ou par Accident (Of the Means to Repair Natural or Accidental Defects). The images are strong. The leaf has some minor soiling and edge-wear. It contains illustrations which the text (in rough summarized translations of Paré’s French) describes as 1 and 2) face and eye masks for adults and children that will correct vision problems, 3 and 4) artificial noses. (The text also describes a method by which a nose that had been cut off could be reattached after it was first grafted to the patient’s arm and then re-grafted to the face). Very good. Item #008751

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