16th-century leaf with four illustrations of wooden peg-leg for poor men, a foot-support strap, and stilt-crutch from Ambroise Paré’s Prosthetics

16th-century leaf with four illustrations of wooden peg-leg for poor men, a foot-support strap, and stilt-crutch from Ambroise Paré’s Prosthetics

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (IX.CXIX-IX.CXX) 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 several of Paré’s famous prosthetic illustrations including an 1) a wooden peg-leg with a detailed description of its construction, 2) a linen strap used to support the foot if its tendons had been damaged in battle or by accident, and a stilt-crutch that could be used make walking easier for those who had been born with one leg shorter than the other. Very good. Item #008754

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: $150.00