Very Good. Item #6007
Weiler im Allgäu: Editions Medicina Rara Ltd. / Druckerei Holzer, . Facsimile Limited Edition of 2800, this copy out of series and unnumbered. Quarto; 67pp + 43 unpaginated leaves with engravings on one side only + colophon. Sage green boards with image of forceps stamped in gold on front panel; hunter green leather spine with gold lettering and gilt tooling on leather edges. Sage green case. Textblock of parchment-colored watermarked rag paper. Entirely in Latin.
Case edges and sides sunned. Book spine sunned to brown with three small stains near foot. Gilt lettering uneroded, some erosion of leather at vertical spine edges. Previous owner's inscription in Hebrew on front free endpaper refers to Exodus 15:26: "For I am the Lord that healeth thee."
This facsimile reproduces, elegantly, the posthumously published work of the celebrated surgeon and medical instrument designer Johann Schultes (1595-1645). The title page asserts that "all medical instruments, old and newly invented . . . are here shown to the light for the first time." The original was published in 1655 by Schultes's nephew in Ulm, where Schultes practiced after stints in Padua and Vienna.
The Latin title is not over boastful: the "elegantissime incisi" images of instruments are elaborate and detailed; those of medical operations range from comic to horrifying. Impressively edifying, but do not try this at home.