Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Breve compendio anatomico , in Italian, manuscript on paper [Italy

Sold for £750

Est: £1000–1500

Breve compendio anatomico , in Italian, manuscript on paper [Italy, mid-seventeenth century]

78 leaves, contemporary foliation after frontispiece and index 1-73, complete, catchwords on every leaf, single column, c. 25 lines in a scrawling italic hand, title page in scrolling penstrokes, some ink-burn, but overall good condition, 196 by 130mm.; limp parchment binding with nineteenth-century blue collection label ‘C39’ at foot

This anonymous medical tract on human anatomy draws on the Classical authorities of Galen, Hippocrates, Avicenna and Aristotle, as well as more modern physicians such as AndrĂ© du Laurens (1558-1609), court doctor for Maria de Medici and then her husband, Henri IV, king of France, who published his ‘Historia anatomica humani corporis’ in 1600. After an initial section named “Della Anatomia del corpo humano”, the author here opens with a discussion of the skeleton, listing the major bones of the body. The second section concerns itself with cartilage and ligaments as well as muscles, again listing and discussing them by their major groups in the form “Delli muscoli della lingua” (presumably throat and voicebox) and “Delli muscoli del Capo”. The text is apparently unknown and unpublished.

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