16th-century leaf with four illustrations of conjoined twins and birth defects from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters.

16th-century leaf with four illustrations of conjoined twins and birth defects from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters.

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (M.XXVII-M.XXVIII) 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. The four images on this leaf show (roughly translated from Paré‘s French) 1) twins joined together with one head, 2) two girls joined together from breasts to bellies, 3) a child with four legs and many arms, and 4) a man with a second head growing out of his belly. Very good. Item #008785

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