1717 1st edition - ELEMENTA MEDICINAE by ARCHIBALD PITCAIRNE, medical book, RARE

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 03, 2014
  • Channel: Auction House
ELEMENTA MEDICINAE PHYSICO-MATHEMATICA (Physical-Mathematical Elements of Medicine): A scarce work by the great Scottish physician and anatomist Archibald Pitcairne. The book contains the substance of his lectures given at Leiden University (Netherlands) to such pupils as Richard Mead and George Cheyne. It is broken into two sections, theory and practical application. This volume was published in London in 1717, four years after Pitcairne's death, probably to pay off some of the numerous debts he ran up over a lifetime of flamboyant living.
For auction is the exceedingly rare first edition, first printing . This copy was rebound sometime in the early 20th century and was held by the library of England's Birmingham Medical Institute. The covers are so marked on the spine, and there is also one faint stamp on the title page -- no further library marks. The covers show some general wear, and the front cover is separating, held in place only by three binding strings; the rear cover is holding well. The text remains in very good shape for a book of this great age, with a little soiling and wear but no serious flaws. The book does have a smokey odor, which has faded over time and is likely to continue doing so.
Overall this a very presentable copy of an extremely uncommon and important medical text.
Measures 4.75" X 7", 345
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