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Tractado muy provechoso del anatomia, y phlebotomia de venas y arterias y del anatomia de los nervios, con un tractado de ventosas y otro de sanguijuelas con unas reglas generales para saber los dias aptos para las sangrias.

Francisco de MOLINA (Author)

Martín Muñoz (Printer)

Thome Rico (Printer)

Origin: Burgos, XVI c.
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich - Germany

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Facsimile. Old Books. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.


10,5 x 15,5 cm.
55+5 crd.
110+10 crd.
6th May 1547.
31st October 2012.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish: author yet to be determined. Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua XIV.
Only known copy in the world.

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It is not surprising at all the absolute rarity of this issue, the only currently known, belonging to the roll, never excessive, of an edition of a treatise eminently practical and made for consultation in the field, as it were, by the sixteenth century bleeders that composed by  Dr. Francisco Molina. He himself refers to his treaty with the term “obrecica”.

The title on the title page, printed in red and black ink, preceded by a cross and closed with a little heart, presented within a rectangular box made of two pieces placed vertically woodcuts bands ridges and trails, up and down, is sufficiently detailed, as it really embodies the five parts of the work, which is detailed in the back of the title page.

The justification for the need of his writing is offered by the author in his preface to the reader: "Moved with much desire to avoid bloodshed, as in these parts is our every intention, to curb misuse and prompt seriously wills that barbers have in ordering his conscience to advise unlicensed medical expertise to ignorant people; they treat them nowadays in order to make themselves appreciated and show that they can do something pretending they repair human bodies but destroying them completely, and because those who act in another way are more responsible, not being able of avoiding ignorance; everybody having this book where I was able to compile and declare the intention of what doctors have told have or do or ordering the bleedings".

Another detail of interest can be seen at the colophon, after insisting on those who this work is aiming for, as it has been written "for the well being and use of the ill, and for barbers', surgeons' and anybody's who cuts body parts, instruction: The General Vicar in Alcala de Henares, dioceses of Toledo, the graduated Pedro de Lagasca has given his approval”.

Added to the absolute rarity of exemplary, the curiosity of the subject even being representative of the production of a unique printing workshop that only three editions are currently known, and the passion of the bibliophile will be fully served.

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AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
DNF Literary essays
DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
HBJD European history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
MB Medicine: general issues
MBX History of medicine
MFC Anatomy
MJA Medical diagnosis
MJC Diseases & disorders
MJD Cardiovascular medicine
MJN Neurology & clinical neurophysiology
MJR Renal medicine & nephrology
PDX History of science
PSV Zoology & animal sciences
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter

1D Europe
1DFG Germany
1DSE Spain
1DSEH Castilla y León, Autonomous Community
2ADS Spanish
3JB c 1500 to c 1600