PARE, Ambroise (1510-1590). Les oeuvres. Divisees en vingt neuf livres, avec les figures & portraicts, tant de l'anatomie que des instruments de chirurgie, & de plusieurs monstres. Paris: Veufue Gabriel Buon, 1598.

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PARE, Ambroise (1510-1590). Les oeuvres. Divisees en vingt neuf livres, avec les figures &
portraicts, tant de l'anatomie que des instruments de chirurgie, & de plusieurs monstres. Paris:
Veufue Gabriel Buon, 1598.
Folio (13 ¾ x 8 ¼ in.; 35 x 20.9 cm.). Engraved title-page (trimmed and strengthened at an early date on verso, without the frontispiece portrait as is usual), illustrated throughout with 373 woodcuts in the text; some occasional pale staining, mostly marginal, lower margin of 2y torn away, and without the last blank. Near contemporary full sprinkled calf, the spine in six compartment, with five raised bands, morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others decorated with small gilt tools; extremities worn with minor loss, upper hinge starting.

The fifth and MOST COMPLETE EDITION of the collected works of Pare, first published in 1575. ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER ILLUSTRATED BOOKS OF THE PERIOD with extraordinary woodcuts including illustrations of anatomy, surgical instruments, and surgical procedures. Pare became the most famous surgeon in France. “He popularized the truss, introduced artificial limbs, and re-implantation of the teeth" (Garrison-Morton). Copies in early bindings are rare. This is a work that saw hard practical use, and this is reflected in the condition of most examples. Malgaigne used this edition as the basis of his definitive edition of Pare's text in 1840. REFERENCES: Garrison-Morton 5565, 1575 edition; Doe, 32. Bookseller I.D. # 72lib815