16th-century leaf with an illustration showing a child born with four arms and four legs from Ambroise Paré’s Monsters

Paris: Chez G Boun, 1585. Unbound. This leaf (M.XXXIII-M.XXXIIII) 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 image on this leaf shows a child born with four legs. Very good. Item #008799

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: $50.00