Paris; Lyon; Antwerp: Wechel; Bonhomme; Plantin, 1562; 1560; 1560. FIRST EDITION OF BOOKS TWO AND THREE, SECOND EDITION OF BOOK ONE. Three valuable books bound together in contemporary vellum, with original tabs. Item #4521
I: Originally published in folio three years earlier, this second edition in its smaller format was especially significant due to the fact that "it attests to the widespread contemporary use and recognized importance of Colombo's work." It is here that Colombo defines his discovery of the pulmonary or lesser circulation, i.e., the passage of blood from the right cardiac ventricle to the left via the lungs. He describes the duplicatures of the peritoneum, the ventricles of the larynx, and the mode of action of the pulmonary, cardiac, and aortic valves, clearing up a number of errors of his predecessors. Colombo (ca.1515-59), a friend of Michelangelo, was a pupil of Vesalius and later became his successor in the chair of anatomy at Padua. He bears the responsibility of having been the first person to perform vivisection on dogs instead of hogs, for the reason that the latter were "annoying by their squealing."
II: First edition and extremely rare; OCLC notes only the NLM copy of this original edition.This valuable treatise on diseases and their cure is described by Mettler (p. 630) as the first to furnish us with a fact. "A fact! something precious for that period, despite the brevity of his descriptions. Rondelet was a well known physician at Montpelliere, and teacher of Coiter, Bauhin, Gesner, and Aldrovandi. An avid zoologist, he is probably best known for his De Piscibus Marinis.
III: First edition. This valuable contributions to the practice of medicine and therapeutics by Lomnius (ca. 1500-64) was in great demand up into the eighteenth century. His approach to medicine was extremely rational for the time, and his writing style was very readable. "In the first book Lomnius discusses diseases that afflict the entire body, and in the second he concentrates on maladies that afflict only specific parts of the body. In the third book and final book, he discusses general concepts of disease as well as diagnosis and prognosis." Lomnius was city-physician at Tournay and Brussels, and thought to be physician to King Philip II of Spain.