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THE FIRST WORK ON THE SPLEEN BOUND WITH A HIPPOCRATES EDITION IN GREEK AND LATIN WITH CONTEMPORRY ANNOTATION. ROBERT ESTIENNE’S ONLY GREEK PRINTING.

UMEAU, François (d. 1599)

De liene libellus Ad Io. Memetellum consiliarium regium in suprema curia Parisiensi. Lutetiae, apud Mamertum Patissonium typographum regium, in officina Roberti Stephani. M. D. LXXVIII

Paris: Mamert Patisson for Robert Estienne II, 1578
8vo: A–C8 D4 (blank D4), 28 leaves, ff. 27 [1] (last leaf blank). Woodcut printer's device on title.

[Bound after:]

HIPPOCRATES (460?–377? B.C.)
De capitis vulneribus liber,Latinate donatus a Francisco Vertuniano doctore medico Pictaviensi. Eiusdem Fr. Vertuniani Co[m]mentarius in eundem. Eiusdem Hippocratis textus Graecus a Josepho Scaligero Jul. Cae. F. castigatus, cum ipsus Scaligeri Castigationum suarum explicatione. Lutetiae, apud Mamertum Patissonium typographum regium, in officina Roberti Stephani. M. D. LXXVIII.
Paris: Mamert Patisson for Robert Estienne II,1578

8vo: ã4 A–F8, 52 leaves, pp. [8] 94 [2]. LACKING THE FOLDING TABLE OF FRACTURES OF THE SKULL. Text in Greek and Latin in parallel columns, commentary in roman letter with italic headings and extensive quotations in Greek. Errata on last leaf, verso blank. Woodcut device on title, woodcut headpieces and initials.
Condition: 165 x 105mm. Some light staining in the upper outer corner towards the end of the volume.
Binding: Two works bound together in contemporary limp vellum, soiled.
Provenance: Contemporary marginal annotation in Latin in the Hippocrates, about 260 words as well as underlining and marginal numbering.
First edition of Umeau; first separate edition of Hippocrates, De capitis vulneribus.
Bibliography: Renouard 180; Adams U48 and H597; Krivatsy 4453 and 2405; not in Wellcome catalogue but the library has a copy. Hippocrates: Wellcome 3210.
£1,800

An attractive volume containing an important Hippocrates edition with contemporary annotation–though lacking a folding table–and the first work on the spleen. Both were printed by Mamert Patisson, who had married the widow of Robert Esitienne II and became Royal printer in this year, 1578. The Hippocrates is his only greek printing. The National Library of Medicine also has the two works bound together.
Hippocrates’ treatise on head wounds is printed with a Latin translation by the Poitiers physician François Vertunien (d. 1607) and a commentary by Joseph Scaliger (1540–1609) who was his close friend.
This is probably a retail binding as these two works published by Estienne II are found bound together in Mazarine and SEC Paris 1 - the latter together with a third, Scaliger’s edidion of Manilius (1579), also perhaps without the folding table (at least it is not mentioned in the Mazarine catalouge record).
OCLC locates copies at Rylands, V&A, Wellcome; BNF; SED Paris 1, Erlangen, Munich: Yale, Harvard, NLM, Stanford, UCLA, NYPL
Keywords:     therapeutics    anatomy    physiology