Johannes Baptista Montanus [Monte, Giovanni Battista da]. De excrementis lib. II / a Valentino Lublino Polono in studiosorum communem vtilitatem dati; Alter de Fecibus, Alter de Urinis; Quibus accesit quaestio eiusdem, quomodo medicamentum aequale, vel inaequale dicatur; Tractatus etiam utilissimus, De Morbo Gallico.
12mo: 171 leaves + leaves up to 224v + leaves 225-261v.
Opusculum de uterinis affectibus maxime utile. Paris, apud Aegidium Gourbinum sub insigni Spei, 1555-56.
12mo: 83 leaves.
Bound in superb lapped vellum. Contents listed in contemporary French handwriting.
Johannes Baptista Montanus (1498 –1551) was one Italy’s leading humanist physicians. Montanus promoted the revival of Greek medical texts and practice, producing revisions of Galen as well as of Islamic-influenced medical texts by Rhazes and Avicenna. He was himself a medical writer and was regarded as a second Galen. He became a professor of practical medicine at Ferrara and at the University of Padua in 1539. His greatest innovation was to introduce clinical medicine into the curriculum as a way to integrate medical theory and practice. His students included John Caius, one of the most eminent physicians of the 16th century and Valentinus Lublinus, one of several former students who drew attention to their teacher's method by publishing his lectures and notes after his death. The new field of clinical medicine then began to attract students from northern Europe.
This volume consists of two separate works or, since the first work comprises four books, the volume offers five books. The importance of Montanus has been well established as a clinician and teacher, and the sections here on using urine, faeces and other ‘excrements’ (for example, tears) as diagnostic aids are revolutuionary. Petrarch had earlier poked fun at doctors for their filthy habits ('Invective contra medicum', 1355) and da Monte’s excremental approach was controversial.
WorldCat suggests that the first four titles appeared perhaps in Venice [in 1554?]. The work was also published in the same year in Padua, without the De morbo gallico, under title 'Libri duo. Alter de fecibus, alter de urinis' (three works only)
The four works were also published in Venice in 1556 under title 'Libri De excrementis, hoc est, faecibus, & urinis.'
The 'Opusculum de uterinis affectibus maxime utile' appears here in its first edition.
This is the first edition of the complete set thus. A very rare and important book.
There is are some small damp marks on the top corners of the first 15 leaves of the second work, but really discreet.
A superb collection of the rarest medical works.
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Johannes Baptista Montanus
- Book Title
- De excrementis...de Fecibus...de Urinis... de Morbo Gallico...de Uterinis
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- Publication year youngest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Paris, apud Aegidium Gourbinum sub insigni Spei
- Binding/ Material