“One of the Most Important Writings of the Paracelsus
Literature of the Time”–Sudhoff

Philosophiae et Medicinae utriusque Universae, Compendium, ex optimis quibusque eius libris: cum scholiis in libros IIII. eiusdem De Vita Longa, Plenos mysteriorum, parabolarum, aenigmatum. Auctore Leone Suavio [i.e. Jacques Gohory]…Vita Paracelsi. Catalogus operum & librorum.

334 (i.e. 336), [64] pp. 8vo, cont. richly blind-stamped vellum over boards, central panel on upper cover stamped in gold (now oxidized) with the arms of the city of Kuttenberg (today’s Kutna Hora) & the name of “Georgius [Polenta] a Sudetis,” dated 1569, ties gone. Basel: P. Perna, 1568.

Second edition and a very lovely copy in an attractive contemporary binding with an interesting provenance; Sudhoff considered this to be one of the most important of Paracelsus’ writings. The book is divided into two parts. The first — the “Philosophiae et Medicinae Universae Compendium” — is a work on medical chemistry. Paracelsus is important for applying chemical techniques to pharmacy and therapeutics; he taught physicians to substitute chemical therapeutics for alchemy.

The second part — “De Vita Longa” — contains one of the earliest biographies and bibliographies of Paracelsus, compiled by Jacques Gohory. The rest of this part contains Paracelsus’ summary of his philosophy of medicine as well as an extended commentary on the text by Gohory (1520-76), who was important as an early disseminator of Paracelsian ideas in France (see D.S.B., V, pp. 447-48).

The Preface contains biographical notes on Paracelsus, a letter from Erasmus to Paracelsus, and Paracelsus’ epitaph. New to this edition is the 64-page “Apologia Gerardi Dorn” and Gohory’s response at end. There is an interesting discussion of epilepsy.

PROVENANCE: Georgius Polenta von Sudetis, a resident of Kuttenberg, was rector of the medical faculty of Charles University in Prague and a much-consulted doctor.

Fine copy.

❧ Partington, II, p. 162. Sudhoff 99. Thorndike, V, pp. 635-39.

Price: $5,000.00

Item ID: 6373

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