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Lot 0258
Author: Tagliacozzi, Gaspare
Title: Cheirurgia nova... de narium, aurium, labiorum'que defectu, per insitionem cutis ex humero, arte, hactenus omnibus ignota, serviendo...
Place Published: Frankfurt
Publisher:Johannes Saurius
Date Published: 1598

605, [10] pp. 22 full-page woodcut illustrations at the rear, one additional illustration in text. (8vo) 17x10 cm (6¾x4") old full vellum, yapp edges. First Octavo Edition, third edition overall.

Two folio editions were published in Venice the prior year as "De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem". In describing the earlier edition, Heirs of Hippocrates provides: "This work, "Concerning the surgery of the mutilated by grafting," is a classic in the history of plastic surgery and is especially noteworthy for its description of rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty had been practiced in ancient India and, in the thirteenth century, by a family of itinerant Sicilian surgeons who kept the operation a family secret. The volume is divided into two parts: the first, "Theory of the art of plastic surgery," is about the structure, function, and physiology of the nose; and the second part, "Practice of the art," describes and illustrates the instruments and operative procedures for restoration of the nose, lip, and ear. Tagliacozzi also fully discussed the complications, such as hemorrhage and gangrene, that often occurred during these operations. The numerous full-page woodcuts are well-executed and illustrate many of the techniques described in the text." The text of this edition is identical to the first, the illustrations are reduced in size. Waller 9451; Wellcome 6211.


Vellum yellowed and soiled, yapp edge on front chipped, later endpapers; some foxing and browning, occasional notes in an early hand; very good.

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First work on rhinoplasty 1598

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000Feb 22, 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA