Fasciculus Medicinae is a collection of six independent and quite different medieval medical treatises. The collection, which existed only in two manuscripts (handwritten copies), was first printed in 1491 in Latin and came out in numerous editions over the next 25 years. Johannes de Ketham, the German physician routinely associated with the Fasciculus, was neither the author nor even the original compiler but merely an owner of one of the manuscripts. The topics of the treatises cover a wide spectrum of medieval European medical knowledge and technique, including uroscopy, astrology, bloodletting, the treatment of wounds, plague, anatomical dissection, and women’s health. The book is remarkable as the first illustrated medical work to appear in print; notable illustrations include: a urine chart, a diagram of the veins for phlebotomy, a pregnant woman, Wound Man, Disease Man and Zodiac Man.
This book is a limited edition privately printed for the members of the Classics of Medicine Library. It contains a facsimile of the first 1491 (Venetian) edition of The Fasciculus Medicinae of Johannes de Ketham with an English translation by Luke Demaitre and a commentary by Karl Sudhoff translated by Charles Singer.
Fine condition. Maroon boards with gilt tooling to front and spine. Endpapers are marbled and page edges gilt.