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RARE FIRST EDITION OF COCCHI'S MAIN MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC TREATISES

COCCHI, ANTONIO CELESTINO. Antonii Coelestini Cocchii epistolae physico-medicae ad clarissimos viros Lancisium et Morgagnum. Eminentissimo ac reverendissimo principi D. Bernardo Mariae cardinali de comitibus majori poenitentiario dicatae. Romae: typis Antonii de Rubeis in via e foro Rotundae ad Seminarium Romanum, M DCC XXV [Rome: Antonio de Rossi, 1725].

4to, later full brown morocco, ff. [12], 79 [i.e. 85], [3]. Fine woodcut head-letters, head- and tail-pieces. Register: a6 A-L4.

RARE FIRST EDITION OF COCCHI'S COLLECTED MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC TREATISES ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE MALARIA (AND THE USE OF CHINA AS REMEDY), THE ORIGIN OF EARTHQUAKES, UTERINE HYPERTROPHY, LUNG DISEASES AND HEART FAILURE.

ANTONIO CELESTINO COCCHI (1695-1758) was an Italian physician and naturalist, personal doctor of Pope Clement XI. In 1725 he published these 4 essays in form of 4 letters to Lancisi and one to Morgagni with their answers. The letters represent A MOMENT OF SYNTHESIS BETWEEN THE TRADITIONAL FORMULATIONS PROVIDED BY THE THEORETICAL STATUS OF THE TIME AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH to provide new solutions to issues arising from professional practice.

I. The first letter (to Lancisi) titled Brevis Febrium Historia, quae Ferentini («Short History of the Fevers of Ferentino») regards THE DEBATE ABOUT THE MALARIA OF FERENTINO, A SMALL VILLAGE NEAR ROME: investigating the medicinal properties of plants and herbs and connecting them with the results of his practice, Cocchi privileged THE USE OF CHINA AS A REMEDY AGAINST MALARIA. Lancisi agrees.

II. The second letter (to Lancisi) titled De Terraemotu is A SHORT HISTORY OF EARTHQUAKES AND THEIR ORIGIN.

III. The third letter (to Lancisi) De immani Hysterico affectu is A SHORT ESSAY ON GINECOLOGY ABOUT THE UTERINE HYPERTROPHY.

IV. The fourth letter (to Lancisi) is titled De sepulto intra Pectus Aneurysmate and it IS AN ESSAY ABOUT THE LUNG DISEASES.

V. The fifth letter (to Morgagni) De vena cava dilatatione, is AN ESSAY ABOUT THE DILATATION OF VENAE CAVAE AND THE CONSEQUENT HEART FAILURE.

Provenance: I. Contemporary owner's signature V. S. Ambrosi at title-page. II. Two contemporary inscriptions (of two different, not identified hands) at final fly-leaf.

References: ICCU, 003074 and 013017 (only 5 copies). G. CARAFA, De professoribus Gymnasii Romani, II, Romae 1751, p. 379; A. VON HALLER, Bibliotheca Botanica, II, Tiguri 1772, pp. 198, 354; Id., Bibliotheca chirurgica, II, Bernae-Basileae 1775, p. 67; F. M. RENAZZI, Storia dell'Università degli studi di Roma, IV, Roma 1806, pp. 93, 137 ss.; S. DE RENZI, Storia della medicina in Italia, IV, Napoli 1846, pp. 516-517; V, ibid. 1848, p. 880; R. PIROTTA-E. CHIOVENDA, Flora romana, I, Roma 1900, pp. 220 ss.; E. CARANO, La botanica in Roma e nel Lazio, in Le scienze fisiche e biologiche in Roma e nel Lazio, Roma 1933, pp. 179-218 (especially p. 202).

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Minor brownings and small repairs, but a fine copy.

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[Medicine, Earthquakes] Cocchi, 1725

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