Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (IX.CXV-IX.CXVI) 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 Paré’s famous illustration of an artificial hand accompanied by a detailed explanation of how its gears, levers, and mechanics would function. A second illustration shows the back-side of the hand and the straps that would be used to attach it to a patient’s arm. The leaf also contains illustrations of a small boot used to correct “crook-legged/footed” children (no text for these illustrations; it’s on a different leaf). Very good. Item #008752
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.