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Celsus, Medicine, 1756, First English edition

Celsus, Medicine, 1756, First English edition

A. Cornelius Celsus of Medicine. In Eight Books. Translated, with Notes Critical and Explanatory, by James Grieve, M. D. London, 1756.

Octavo in half red leather with cloth over boards. New end papers. Spine sunned. Some small scuffs and chips to leather and cloth. A few foci of mild toning and rare marginal smudges. Text block otherwise clean, bright, and tight throughout, with some folded and thumbed corners. Prior dealer’s pencil notes on front paste down.

This is the first English edition of this classic textbook of medicine. Celsus has sometimes been called the Cicero of physicians. Latin editions of his De Re Medica abounded from the 16th through 18th centuries.

Celsus’ work is one of the most important and lasting medical works from antiquity. It was written about AD30, and is one of the oldest medical writings still extant. The book deals with disease treatable by diet and regimen as well as those treatable with drugs or surgical intervention. It was first printed in 1478 (this 1756 edition, again, being the first English translation). See Garrison Morton 20 3666.81 5548.1 5733.5 6375.

xxxii prelims (Title is i), 519 pages, 6 pages index, 1 page errata.