Rome: Bartolomeo Bonfadino e Tito Diani, 1584. First Edition. Full calf. 4to (22.6 x 16.4 cm). Eighteen century calf, rebacked; raised bands with central gilt decoration in panels; some wear to corners and edges. Ink inscription on tail edge of text barely readable. Collation: [xii], 106,  pp. + engraved title-page containing numerous figures within archi- tectural borders, 11 copper en- graved plates and one text diagram. Text has wide margins, minor foxing and smudging along clear areas. Plates have strong impressions. Provenance: Book plate of Robert J. Moes on front paste down. Robert J. Moes, M.D. was a physician who served as an ambulance and police surgeon for several years in Los Angeles. Before becoming head of the emergency medical division of the Los Angeles Citizens Defense Corps during World War II. He was an avid bibliophile who prowled downtown Los Angeles bookshops while a resident at the old California Lutheran Hospital, Moes at his death had accumulated hundreds of books on anatomy. Very good +. Item #0000702
Magni, an Italian surgeon of Piacenza, was a practitioner of phlebotomy and wrote this treatise as well as on cautery. A fine and rare first edition of this beautifully illustrated treatise on blood-letting, containing eleven superb engravings by Adamo Ghisi, an artist of the school of Marcantonio Raimondi. The eleven copper engraved plates are scenes which depict the many places on the human body (forehead, under the tongue, arms, legs, ball of the foot and other areas) which may be used for bloodletting. This is the only edition to have the artist s name on the title. Later editions appear to attribute the illustrations to other artists. Ghisi is noted for the detailed and beautiful copper engravings illustrating different places on the human body for bleeding of veins. Bloodletting has been practiced for thousands of years and has been utilized in the attempt to cure almost every ailment known to mankind. Its popularity as a therapeutic technique has waxed and waned over the centuries and it has often been the focal point of great controversy. Phlebotomy reached its zenith during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and then began to decline as the principles of scientific medicine became firmly established. Today, bloodletting has nearly disappeared but is echoed in the development of plasmapheresis and is still recognized as a treatment for polycythemia and hemochromatosis. (Cushing M78; Durling 2905 ; Eimas, Mortimer, Harvard Sixteenth-Century Italian Books, II, 267; Waller 6142; Wellcome I, 3959. ).