De balneis omnia quae extant apud Graecos, Latinos, et Arabas . in quo aquarum ac thermarum omnium, quae in toto ferè orbe terrarum sunt, metallorum item, & reliquorum mineralium nature, vires atque usus exquisitisime explicantur.

GIUNTA, Tomaso (Editor). The most complete collection of early texts on balneology with descriptions of over 200 spas; illustrated with woodcuts of a natural bath at Pozzuoli, a water-wheel driven pump at Fideris in the Praetigau in eastern Switzerland, and a view of Plombieres-les-Bains in the Vosges showing visitors bathing and taking the waters

Published by Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta, 1553
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Folio. 14 + 497 ff. Roman & italic letter with some Greek. Printer's woodcut device on title and on recto of leaf 488. With 5 full-page woodcut illustrations in the text and numerous woodcut initials. Contemporary limp vellum with stubs of ties preserved. The most complete collection of early texts on balneology charting the history of the subject and containing precise descriptions of over 200 spas. The individual contributions, of which some had never been published before and many appear not to have been reprinted, are presented in full or in extract as appropriate. Some 70 authors are cited ranging from classical antiquity (Aristotle, Avicenna, Hippocrates, Galen) to the Renaissance (Giralomo Cardano, Michael Savonarola, Conrad Gesner, Leonhardt Fuchs, Joachim Camerarius). Gesner's work on German and Swiss thermal springs is here first published. We are thus offered a unique picture of 16th century knowledge of what was then a very popular pastime. Balneo-therapy was a fashionable means of treating medical conditions, and there existed in Germany alone some 70 health spas. The striking full-page woodcuts include a plan of a natural bath at Pozzuoli, a representation of a waterwheel-driven pump used to raise water at the baths of Fideris in the Prätigau Valley of eastern Switzerland, and a fine view of the spa of Plombières-les-Bains in the Vosges, complete with tiny figures, some on crutches, bathing and taking the waters. The work was edited by Tomaso Giunta, the publisher's successor. Outer margins of last leaves lightly waterstained, otherwise a tall, fresh copy in its original state. Adams D-167 & T-482. Cushing D88. Durling 1101. Duveen 42. Garrison & Morton 1986. Heirs of Hippocrates 126 (with illustration). Index Aureliensis 112.054. Ley, Gesner, p143, no 34. Mortimer, 'Italian 16th Century Books in the Harvard Library', 214. Osler 1902. Wellcome I, 652. Bookseller Inventory # 4022

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Title: De balneis omnia quae extant apud Graecos, ...

Publisher: Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta

Publication Date: 1553

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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