Paracelsus on the Plague

Kurtzer und warhaffter Bericht, Von der jetz regierenden gfärlichen Kranckheyt der Pestilentz, wie die ausz dem Liecht der Natur zuerkennen, woher sie verursachet, wie sie praeservirt, und gründlich mit ihren vielfeltigen Zufällen curiert soll werden…zusammen getragen und gemehrt. Durch Johan Jacob Nietheimer.

Title printed in red & black. Woodcut coat-of-arms on verso of title of the Duke of Hanau. 56 unnumbered leaves (the last two blank). Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Strasbourg: B. Jobin, 1583.

First edition of this very rare collection of texts on the plague by Paracelsus, gathered here for the first time by the Hanau physician and editor Johann Jacob Nietheimer (or Niedheimer or Neithammer). He studied medicine in Strasbourg and was a disciple of Paracelsus.

Sudhoff describes this work as a skillful compilation of various writings on the origins, nature, and cures of the plague by Paracelsus, selected from earlier editions (Sudhoff 60, 87, 167, and 171). While much is borrowed verbatim, there is no lack of explanatory and contextual additions by Nietheimer himself. Regarding drug prescriptions, material taken from Paracelsus is expressly described as such, while there are quite a few original additions, again by Nietheimer, based on his experiences as a physician.

WorldCat lists no copy of this edition in North America.

A nice and tall copy, with many lower edges uncut.

❧ Sudhoff 193.

Price: $4,000.00

Item ID: 6579

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