16th century leaf with four illustrations showing deformities caused by excessive imagination or unpleasant sights from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters. Ambroise Paré.
16th century leaf with four illustrations showing deformities caused by excessive imagination or unpleasant sights from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters

16th century leaf with four illustrations showing deformities caused by excessive imagination or unpleasant sights from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (M.XXXVII-M.XXXVIII) 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 maid covered entirely with thick hair, 2) a black child born to white parents, 3) a child having he feet, hands, eyes, and mouth of a calf, and 4) a child born with a frog-face who born that way because his mother had held a frog in her hand to cure a fever immediately before she went to bed with her husband. Very good. Item #008789

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.

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