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, Grand Rapids, MI, 48439, United States

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Patrick is a forensic pathologist who developed this business out of his favorite distraction—collecting antiquarian books. He loves to build other people’s libraries and specializes in medical, surgical, and theological books.


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Paul of Aegina, Opus De Re Medica, 1532

Pauli Aeginetae Opus De Re Medica, Nunc Primum Integrum Latinitate Donatum, Per Ioannem Guinterium Andernacum, Doctorem Medicum. Parisiis Apud Simonem Colinaeum. 1532 Cum Privilegio Regio. Folio volume rebound with vellum spine and corners with paste paper over boards. Title plate, raised bands, and gold text and lines on spine. Red speckled page edges. New end papers. Title page decorated with chimeric figure of a winged man with hoofs carrying a sickle, whom I presume to be the Greek titan Cronos, patron of the harvest, given the sickle and the word Tempus within the woodcut. Typeset in Roman font, with ample margins, and 80 decorative capitals. Some leaves with damp stain at bottom corner. Some leaves with small closed tears near gutter. Neither of these defects affecting the text. Otherwise, a remarkably fresh copy which is crisp, clean, bright, and tight throughout. Bibliotheca Osleriana, pg 41, “Paulus Aegineta, 625-90...[entry] 439... Opus de Re Medica, nunc primum integrum Latinitate donatum, per Ioannem Guinterium, fol. Par., apud Simonem Colinaeum, 1532. Each of the 7 bks. Has sep. Page. &c. Ornamented woodcut initials. There were also Latin trls. By Albanus Torinus..., and Janus Cornarius.....” Item P156, in the Harvey Cushing Collection of Books and Manuscripts (page 150), lists a 1534 edition. See Garrison-Morton 36 (“based on a new, improved text and included all seven books in the translation of J. Winter of Andernach.”), as well as 6013.1, which lists Johannes Guinterius (Ioannem Guinterium [Gwinther, Winther, Gwinter, Winter] as also authoring a treatise on gynecology). “Paul of Aegina (AD 625-690) was also a chronicler of the writing of Rufus (of Ephesus, AD98-117, “certainly the greatest medical link between Hippocrates and Galen”). Paul was the last of the Greek Physicians who preserved the writings that had been compiled over the millennium. The description of the plague by Rufus, retold by Paul, recounts the environment in which it flourished, the symptoms and physical signs of the afflicted and the symptomatic treatment.” (Talbott, A Biographical History of Medicine, 1970, pg 11) Thornton’s Medical Books, Libraries and Collectors, 2nd ed, 1966, states: “The last of the Greek compilators, Paul of Aegina (Paulus Aegineta)(625-690), summarized all that was previously known on medicine, but his surgery was more original.” (pg 14) And" “Francis Adams (1796-1861), of Banchory was outstanding for his remarkable translations of Greek medical classics.... Adams began his translation of Paul of Aegina in November, 1827 and completed it on April 28, 1829. Volume one was published in 1834, but the printer failed, and it was later published by the Sydenham Society as The seven books of Paulus Aegineta, three volumes, 1844-1847.” (pg 191) Brown’s Old Masterpieces in Surgery, 1928, pg 17-21, gives: “The last of the great surgeons of the Byzantine period was Paulus of Aegina. With his passing the final spark of the old Greek culture and science was extinguished so far as it could be called Greek. The so-called Dark Ages were ushered in and culture in art and science passed on to the Arabians. Being the last of the great Greeks, Paulus’ wok was taken as the most modern compilation of the time.... Notwithstanding the prominence of Paulus of Aegina as a surgeon, practically nothing is known of his life. Even the date of the period during which he lived is a matter of dispute. His name establishes fairly well that he was born on the Island of Aegina.... Concerning his is reasonable to believe that he was a product of the school of Alexandria. “(his book) was translated into Latin.... The first edition of the Guinter (Andernach) translation was published in Paris (1532). “In the Andernach translation a delightful touch is given to the book by the wood cut initial letters of the chapters. For Example, the ornalmental capital letter Q which heads the surgical book depicts two cupids walking on crutches. “Paulus begins the surgery with the head, goes on to the eyes and gradually travels downward, ending with fracture and ulcer of the foot. He thus covers the entire body. One finds that he operated upon man conditions—As a rhinologist he removed polypi, as an ophthalmologist he removed pterygium and in the mouth he not only extracted teeth but also performed tonsillotomy. In general surgery he operated upon hernia, opened empyema with the actual cautery, and in urology he removed stones by lithotomy. As a ware surgeon he evidently had considerable experience in removal of foreign bodies. In this manipulation he calls attention to the technique that Pare emphasized nine centuries later in the Brissot case: that in removing a foreign body the patient must be placed in the position in which he was when the foreign body entered. He devotes also considerable attention to fractures and dislocations. His direction for reduction and immobilization are quite clear. He makes use of traction by machines for reduction and splints for immobilization.”


Calmet Dictionary of the Bible Latin 1729, 1736 Supplements, 4 vol in 2

Dictionarium Historicum, Criticum, Chronologicum, Geographicum, et Literale Sacrae Scripturae, Cum iguris Antiquitates Judaicas repraesentantibus, Authore A.R.P.D. Augustino Calmet, Ordinis S. Benedicti, Abbate S. Leopoldi Nanciensis; e Gallico in Latinum translatum, & nonnihil expurgatum. Ab R.P.D. Joan. Dominico Mansi, Lucensi, Congregations Clericcorum Regularium Matris Dei Professore. Cum Sacrae Caesareae Majest at is Privilegio, et cum permissu superiorum. Tomus Primus & Secundus. [geometric viginette] Augustae Vindelicorum [Augsburg] & Graecii [Graz], Sumptibus Philippi, ac Martini Veith, & Joannis Fratris Haeredum. Calmet, Augustin, 1729.Supplementum ad Dictionarium Historicum, Criticum, Chronologicum Geographicum & Literale Sacrae Scripturae…. Tomus Tertius & Quartus. Augustae Vindlicorum et Graecii, Suptibus Fratrum Veith. Calmet, Augustin, 1736. Four folio volumes bound in two (1 & 2; 3 & 4). Bound in nearly matching armorial vellum bindings. Similar title plates on the tops of each spine. 18th century library shelf number written on each spine. Vellum somewhat soiled, light to medium foxing. Some chipping to title plates. Worm holes to front hinge of vol 3/4. Bookplate of “Paulus Simonyi SS. Theologiae, et Juris Canonici Doctor.” on front paste-down of each volume. Also written in an early hand on both the half-title and title pages: “Pro Comissariati ?? Terra S.” (Comissariats of the Holy Land?). Also, “Sub A.R.P. Hugone Rabler Ejusdem, Terra Sa. Comiss. Enlj 1733.” “1735” in the second vol. A very small Hungarian library stamp on the verso of each title page and about 20 other places including the verso of most of the copper plates. A library accession number is also stamped on the verso of each title page.Collation: First volume: half title leaf, title leaf, (a)^3-6, A-E, F^4, G-z^6, 2A-T^6. Second volume: title page leaf, a^2-4, b^4, A-Z^4, Aa-Tt^4, Uu^6, title leaf, )(^2, A-Z^4, Aa-Zz^4, Aaa-Iii^4, Kkk^1-6.All four folio volumes (bound in two) of the Latin edition of Augustin Calmet’s famous Bible dictionary. Translated from the 1722 French (and 1728 Supplements) edition. Complete in nearly-matching armorial vellum bindings. Each volume is 14 x 9 x 3 inches. This is NOT a married set. Volumes 1 and 2 were published in 1729 and volumes 3 and 4 were published in 1736. These are the original armorial bindings, even though the binder of vols 3-4 didn’t exactly match the binding of vols 1-2. Multiple attractive plates and maps, some folding.Overall very good condition condition. Calmet was a devout Catholic but also a skilled Hebraist. His dictionary is notable for its exhaustive nature, incorporation of Ussher’s chronology, and excellent maps and engravings. One map shows the location of the Garden of Eden. Contains his famous Bibliotheca Sacra—a valuable descriptive list of Bibles published up to that point in various languages. Also has several other useful tables, such as unit conversions etc. Topics in the Supplements include the famous Military Tactics of the Hebrews, the Mosaic Authorship of the Pentateuch, etc. As a Hebraist, Calmet strongly emphasized an understanding of Hebrew and Jewish culture, as well as maps of Jerusalem. These, along with artistic representations of Levites and the elements of the Tabernacle (show bread, lamp stand, ark of the covenant), etc made Calmet's dictionary particularly popular among scholars of Judaica, not just Christianity. As a sample of one interesting finding in the Dictionary, the entry for Abel has a neat curiosity. Citing Josephus, it tells us that Abel's tomb was still identifiable, and was reportedly 80 cubits long (so, apparently, Abel was one of the antediluvian giants?). Calmet’s dictionary was tremendously popular. It was translated into numerous languages and went through many editions in each of those languages. Later English editors, for example, after Calmet included D’Oyly (1732), Taylor (1798), and Robinson (1832). Taylor’s Calmet was popular well into the second half of the 19th century. There was a three volume anonymous abridgment of Calmet’s dictionary printed in 1759. John Brown of Haddington’s celebrated 1769 Dictionary of the Bible (which also went through many editions for over a century) relies heavily on Calmet. John Kitto’s 1852 Encyclopedia of Biblical Literature comments in the preface that too many previous titles on that topic had relied on the “old learning” of Calmet. So we see the influence of Calmet lasting until, but beginning to be usurped in the late 19th century.


Rider’s Bible, 1763

“....and in righteousness he doth judge and make war..” Rider’s Bible. 1763. Complete in three volumes. King James (“authorized”) version. Extensive commentaries by William Rider (a Calvinist preacher/theologian). Numerous maps and plates interspersed throughout. Folio (14.5 inches tall). Rebound in full calf bindings. Minor stains and fading to bindings, scattered scuffing at edges of bands. Some paper repairs. Extensive family records penned inside vol 1. Records of awarding Freedom of the City to (apparently) a guild member (see photos). Text block clean and bright. Unmarked. Wide clean margins. A very good copy of a beautifully produced 18th century family Bible.


Ramsay, A Series of Plates of the Heart, Cranium, and Brain, 1813 Second Edition

A Series of Plates of the Heart, Cranium, And Brain, In Imitation of Dissections. By Alexander Ramsay, M. D. Lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology in Edinburgh. Second Edition, Much Enlarged. Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Company, for Archibald Constable and Company, Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London. 1813. Small folio volume rebound in the 21st century (by Vernon Wiering) in half leather binding, with black leather spine and corners, and blue paper over boards. White paper title/author label on front board. The plates were originally bound into a portfolio, with the plates sutured through to the rear board at their left edge and the final plate glued along its right edge to the board. This has been subsequently lifted from the board and has been rebound as a book rather than a portfolio. The plates are predominately clean and bright with the exception of scattered minor discoloration here and there. The tissue guards are intact though a bit wrinkled. Band of mottled discoloration along bottom edge of blank ffep and focally at bottom corner of title page. Thin band of residual adhesive and paper along fore edge of verso of final plate where it had originally been glued. Otherwise, an attractive set of plates in a handsome rebind. Colored plates illustrating the heart, central and some peripheral vasculature, the skull, and in the most detail, the brain. Several of the brain plates are overlaid with portions cut out to reveal portions of the plates below. This is organized to take the viewer of the plates progressively deeper into the brain in simulation of the process of dissecting a brain. It appears these plates were variably issued with and without 66 pages of text. We offer here the plates. Ramsay was apparently a temperamental genius who did not trust the artists of his day to render his dissections into illustrations. He also may have been involved in body trafficking (which was not uncommon in his day). He lived in the UK and the USA (notably, Maine, where this specific volume was acquired). He studied snake bites and, ironically, died from the effects of one in 1824. See Howard Atwood Kelly’s A Cyclopedia of American Medical Biography, 1912, vol 2, as well as Notes on Alexander Ramsay and His Anatomical Manuscripts by James F Ballard, January 18, 1932. Not located in Garrison-Morton, Bibliotheca Osleriana, Bibliotheca Walleriana, The Harvey Cushing Collection of Books and Manuscripts A bit of our own observation, we note that the plates of the head dissection show the body in the prone position, rather than supine. This is a nice detail as it was common in the UK and antebellum America to perform the dissection of the central nervous system with the body prone, as opposed to supine—which is the more common practice in anatomic cadaver dissection today, and almost invariably the norm for autopsy practice today.


Pancoast, Operative Surgery, 1844

A Treatise on Operative Surgery; Comprising a Description of the Various Processes of the Art, Including All the New Operations. By Joseph Pancoast. 1844. Tall quarto/small folio volume (approx 12 x 10 x 1 3/4 inches) with new marble boards and leather spine. New end papers. 80 elaborate plates of surgical operations, also advertisements at front and end matter. Includes prospectus and sample plate for a forthcoming title on midwifery. Text pages mostly bright. Some foxing and frequent browning of page edges. This title is somewhat notorious for the plates browning and foxing, and this copy is no different (see photos) with some plates brighter than others. 19th century owners signature inside. Binding is tight. Topics in this book include bloodletting, amputations, mandibular resection, ophthalmology, etc etc. The name of Pancoast is immortalized in the Pancoast tumor (involvement of the brachial plexus by direct extension of malignant neoplasia of the upper lobe of the lung). This work was an instant success, a standard in its field, and remains highly praised and sought after! A very good and complete copy, recently rebound in period-style quarter leather binding, by Vernon Wiering. This work contains the first extensive section on plastic surgery in an American surgical text (see Garrison-Morton 5598).


Carpue, Restoring a Lost Nose, 1816

An Account of Two Successful Operations for Restoring a Lost Nose from the Integuments of the Forehead, in the Cases of Two Officers of His Majesty’s Army: To which are Prefixed, Historical and Physiological Remarks on the Nasal Operation; Including Descriptions of the Indian and Italian Methods. By J. C. Carpue, with Engravings, by Charles Turner, Illustrating the Different Stages of the Cure. London, 1816. Slim quarto volume rebound in full brown calf with gold detailing on boards and spine. Red leather title plate on spine. Interiors clean, bright, and tight, with ample margins. Black and white as well as colored plates. A few small marginal tears of ffep. Corners of text block a bit bumped. Small amount of transfer from Plate 2 (Tagliacozzi method) onto opposing verso. Complete in every regard, including plates, half title, fly leaves, and errata/advertisement leaf at rear (small amount of discoloration along bottom margin of verso of this final leaf). New end papers added when rebound in 21st century by Vernon Wiering. Overall a very good copy in attractive, period correct, full leather rebind. Measures approximately 11 3/8 x 9 x ¾ inches. Joseph Constantine Carpue (1764 – 1846) revived the Indian method of rhinoplasty over and above the Tagliacozzi Italian method. This work is a high point in the history of medical publications and may be reasonably regarded as a landmark in the history of plastic surgery. In this work he reviews the Tagliacozzi method and also discusses ligating the carotid artery. Gaspare Tagliacozzi (1546-1599) was an Italian surgeon who developed a rhinoplasty procedure by taking a pedicle flap from the arm. He reported his work in 1587 and 1597. (see Schmidt, J. E. Medical Discoveries; Who and When, 1959, pg 418) “Unlike many previous writers, Carpue distinguished clearly between the principles that might govern the re-attachment of a severed nose and those governing the Taliacotian procedure.... Carpue considered the Indian method superior to the Italian because of its greater simplicity, although in lectures to his students he had constantly recommended the operation for restoring a lost nose, whether by the Tagliacotian or the Indian method, for fifteen years prior to his first opportunity to perform it himself. He prepared carefully for the first operation by experiments on cadavers, on which he made eleven practice operations, in addition to one such operation performed publicly before students and a group of colleagues.” (Gnudi and Webster, The Life and Times of Gaspare Tagliacozzi, 1976, pg 315-317) Garrison-Morton 5737 Sallander, Bibliotheca Walleriana, vol 1, 1781


Lightfoot’s Opera Omnia, 1686

The works of John Lightfoot, 1686 Opera Omnia: Duobus Voluminibus comprehensa, quorum syllabus pagina post vitam authoris ultima exhibetur. Complete in 2 folio volumes, with frontispiece, folding map and plan, as well as two in text maps (one showing the locations of Sodom and Gomorrah). Includes gospel harmonies, hora hebraicae, talmudica, chronology, etc etc. Original vellum bindings with some cracking at top edges of hinges. Bindings strong, boards still securely attached. Internally clean and unmarked copy. Lightfoot produced a chronology of Biblical history similar to those of Ussher, Scaliger, and Calmet. He was also a noted Hebraist who examined Hebrew/Jewish influence on the New Testament.


Schotti, Schola Steganographica (secret writing), 1680

P. Gasparis Schotti E Societate Jesu, Schola Steganographica, in Classes Octo Distributa, Quibus, praeter alia multa, ac jucundissima, explicantur Artificia Nova, …. Excudebat Jobus Hertz, Typographus Herbipol. Anno 1680.Small quarto volume bound in contemporary vellum over boards. Title plate on spine. Vellum torn along fore edge of rear board. Hinges strong. Full page engraved arms of Ferdinand Maximilian. Title page in red and black ink. 8 engraved plates and partly engraved folding tables, 3 printed folding tables, and 5 engravings in text. Occasional foxing, slight browning to some fold outs and several leaves near rear. Slight damps stain to last few pages. Includes text in Latin and German. 8 ½ x 6 7/8 x 1 ¼ inches. Second edition (first was 1665), this book deals secret alphabets, codes in musical notation, sign languages for communications with the deaf and mute, coding machines, and earlier forms of secret writing (referencing Kircher, Porta, Cardenas, Trithemius, etc).Interestingly, this book also contains a discussion, on pages 268 and 269, on rhinoplasty. Schott refers to the plastic surgeon as a Rhinurgus.


Bryant’s Antient Mythology, 1807

Bryant’s Antient Mythology, 1807, 3rd edition. In six volumes. A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology: Wherein an Attempt is Made to Divest Tradition of Fable; and to Reduce the Truth to its Original Purity. Complete in six octavo volumes, each measuring approximately 8.25 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches. Fine red leather bindings with tooled and detailed in gold. Five raised bands on spines. Marbled end papers and page edges. Book plate on front paste down of each volume. Faint damp stain affecting lower margin of boards and pages 13 - 130 of vol three, as well as a small corresponding focus of it on the bottom of vol four’s rear board. Plate xx (in vol 3) bound in upside down. Volume 1 has very slight cracking at the top and bottom of its front hinge, but all other hinges are completely intact both inside and out. A clean, bright, and tight unmarked copy with crisp rag paper leaves, wide margins, and with 41 plates and several foldout maps in strikingly good condition. Also contains a life of the author. In the genre of mythology, prior to Bulfinch, Bryant’s was among the most celebrated, though he was certainly not without his dissenters.The plates in the first edition are known to be signed by James Basire (except the final plate which is unsigned). It is thought that William Blake (Basire’s then apprentice) contributed to the plates and the unsigned one may have been entirely his. However, in this 1807 edition. The plates are signed by another of Basire’s apprentices—John Le Keux. So it seems that new engravings were necessary for the later edition, but still were rendered by the same studio.



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