Title: Trattato Universale Teorico e Pratico dei ...
Publisher: Antonio Graziosi / Per Vincenzo Mazzola-Vocola 1788 / 1781, Venice / Naples
Publication Date: 1788
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Morandiís rare treatise on operative midwifery, with Rastrelliís even rarer work on wisdom and morals. MORANDI, Antonio (fl. 18th century). Trattato Universale Teorico e Pratico dei Parti, necessario alle mammane, ai chirurghi, ed ai medici. Venice: Antonio Graziosi, 1788. 8vo (190 x 120mm). [v]-xxx, 399 pages; lacks 2 blanks at beginning. [Bound with:] RASTRELLI, Giovanni Ranieri. Documenti morali, e civili da un padre diretti al suo figlio. Naples: Per Vincenzo Mazzola-Vocola, 1781. [xii], 80 pages. Oval portrait of Rastrelli signed by Joseph Tronus. Woodcut chapter head- and tail-pieces throughout. Near contemporary Italian vellum, edges speckled; (contents clean only some slight foxing at front and back of volume). Few lines of contents written in Italian script on front free endpaper and signed "G. Viparelli" on title. The rise of obstetrics in the early modern period had a mixed effect on midwifery. Some midwives clung to their traditional ways. Others embraced the new science and sought retraining. National policies also shaped the contours of midwifery practice. Overall, the art of midwifery could no longer be considered a subdivision of medicine, but must be regarded as a branch of surgery requiring a thorough knowledge of surgical principles. The title of this work does not indicate its comprehensiveness; it is more than an operative midwifery, for it includes much that belongs to a general treatise on the subject. Rastrelliís work, and portrait cannot be found elsewhere suggesting it is commonly an addition to texts, and the title translated is a "moral and civil work" directed by a father to his son. Rastrelli was a noted poet in the latter half of the 18th century. While both parts are exceedingly rare, the first is only located at the Wellcome Library and the Biblioteca della Fondazione Biblioteca San Bernandino in Italy. Bookseller Inventory # D8826
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