16th-century leaf with two illustrations showing deformities caused by unpleasant sights from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters. Ambroise Paré.
16th-century leaf with two illustrations showing deformities caused by unpleasant sights from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters

16th-century leaf with two illustrations showing deformities caused by unpleasant sights from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (M.XXXIX-M.XL) 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 two images on this leaf show (roughly translated from Paré‘s French) children with deformities including one’s crooked hands and feet that were the result of something viewed by his mother. Very good. Item #008790

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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