Collation: (12), 87 pp, (1). Bound in contemporary publisher’s cartonnato. With early annotations on pp. 4, 43, 74, 87.
Extremely rare Italian printing of Thomas Sydenham’s ‘Compleat Method of Physic’, evincing the English doctor’s extreme popularity on the Continent even before his popularization by Boerhaave (who famously declared to his students that Sydenham was "that shining light of England, that Apollo of the art").
“This little book was by far the most popular of all Sydenham’s work while, at the same time, its origin is the most dubious.” (Meynell)
In the versions published at Nuremburg, 1692 and in London, 1693, there were the 59 articles found here; four more were added to a second London edition of 1695. The contemporary reader seems to have noted these extra articles in his manuscript notes on pp. 43, 74, and 87.
There is also a long manuscript recipe for Laudanum on p. 4.
This is among the earliest appearances of the text on the European continent. Meynell never saw a copy, but relied on details from the Bancroft copy (which is recorded as just 14 pp!)
Our copy was bound without two dedicatory leaves by the publisher Saltarello, instead bearing two blank stubs.
ICCU shows just one copy, in Genoa (with a different collation); OCLC shows Nuremburg, Francescani, and the National Library of Poland.
References: Meynell, A Bibliography of Dr. Thomas Sydenham (1990), 6.7 (p. 52)
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- SYDENHAM, Thomas
- Book Title
- Integri Processus in Morbis fere omnibus curandis… Quibus accessit Graphica Symptomatum Delineatio
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition Thus
- Italian, Latin
- Original language
- Venice: Giovanni Battista Saltarello
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 16.5×10.5 cm