Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (M.XXXV-M.XXXVI) 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) a nine-year old boy with two fingers on one arm without a hand and deformed feet without thighs or legs, 2) a female born without a head, 3) a child with two heads and only one arm, and 4) an armless man who could many things as well as if he had two. Very good. Item #008788
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.