Title De Curandis Febribus et Inflammationibus Commentatio, together with, Animadversiones Practicae in Diversos Morbos
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good Minus
Size 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher Vienna Rudolph Graeffer 1781
Seller ID 007872
Two volumes in one. NOT ex-library. De Curandis Febribus et Inflammationibus Commentatio, dated 1781, is a second edition. Animadversiones Practicae in Diversos Morbos, dated 1786, is a first edition. Principal texts in Latin, and with occasional citations in German, English and French. Bound in three-quarter ivory vellum, and with lacquered brown paper hardboards. Spine with handsome brown morocco label, with gilt-stamped lettering and rules. Generally unbumped spine head and tail. Light wear at the corners, some soiling to the vellum, but all in all an attractive binding, and with scarcely any trace of shelf pull. 8.25 x 5.25 inches. Text block firmly bound in. Trimmed pages. All edges tinted a faded pea green. Rebacked [?] pastedowns in turquoise blue paper. With  466  and 338 pages. With occasional charmingly engraved vignettes, head- and tail-pieces. Handmade, cotton rag laid paper. Mild age toning. Intermittent spotting and off-setting. Else a remarkably clean set of two volumes in one, and a handsome addition to any library shelf on the history of medicine. A Very Good Minus copy. The watermarked papers constituting the endpapers are historically significant. The laid blue paper, with shield, post horn, crown and arms, is by Dirk and Cornelis Blauw of Wormerveer, Netherlands. Its year of first use has been dated to 1783. Dirk Blauw was perhaps the most important of all Dutch paper makers. The laid ivory paper, with the Pro Patria or Maid of Holland watermark, is apparently by G. W. Quirll, Netherlands. The Pro Patria watermark was used mostly by Dutch paper makers and became very popular beginning in the 17th century. Some of the characteristics of old paper, as here, are a somewhat uneven distribution of the fibers, dark stripes beside the chain lines, a watermark, creases, wear, and dirt. Dard Hunter uses the term "antique laid" to describe paper made by hand approximately before 1800, when the design of the paper mold caused the fibers to collect along the chain lines and look like dark stripes.