LIMITED EDITION OF 300 NUMBERED COPIES OF THIS FACSIMILE OF THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED MEDICAL BOOK TO APPEAR IN PRINT - Folio, 13 inches high by 9 inches wide. Softcover, bound in stapled printed tan wrappers. The bottom front corner of the front cover is creased and there is a short tear to the top edge of the rear cover. 12 pages, with a full-page illustration of female anatomy of a pregnant woman. Very good.
Limited edition of 300 numbered facsimiles.
"Johannes de Ketham. Dieses Faksimile wurde im Auftrag des Instituts fur Geschichte der Medizin an der Universitat Leipzig nach dem Examplar der Zurcher Zentralbibliothek ... hergestellt und wurde den Teilnehmern am 6. Internationalen Kongress fur Geschichte der Medizin in Leyden und Amsterdam am 18. bis 23. Juli 1927 uberreicht vom Direktor des Instituts Henry E. Sigerist".
This is a facsimile of one of 6 different medieval medical treatises published by Johannes de Ketham as part of his "Fasciculus Medicinae", considered the first illustrated medical work to appear in print.
The German physician Johannes de Ketham, is identified by many to be Johannes von Kirchheim, a physician practicing in Vienna in 1460. He is thought to have lived in Italy at the end of the fifteenth century. Ketham is remembered for producing the "Fasciculus Medicinae", published in Venice in 1491, a collection of short medical treatises. The book is considered to be the first printed book to contain anatomical illustrations. This facsimile is of one of these treatises with an illustration portraying the anatomy of a pregnant woman.
The text is in German. First Edition.