16th-century leaf with two illustrations showing monsters that result from the mixing of species from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (M.XLVII-M.XLVIII) 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 upper left corner of the leaf is missing and it has a dampstain and a two-in unobtrusive closed tear. The two images on this leaf show (roughly translated from Paré‘s French) 1) the issue of a woman and a dog and 2) the product of a man and a sow. Very good. Item #008791

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