Publisher Information: Venice: Lodovico Avanzi & Fratelli, 1557.
Rostinio, Pietro & Lodovico (fl. mid-16th century). Compendio di tutta la cirugia, utilissimo ad ogni studioso de quella, et sopramodo necessario. 8vo. , 230, [2, blank]pp. Woodcut illustrations and initial letter. Venice: Lodovico Avanzi & Fratelli, 1557. 147 x 98 mm. Modern limp vellum. A few leaves starting, minor soiling and dampstaining, old library stamp partially erased from title. Very good. Early ownership inscription on the title, a few early annotations.
Rare First Edition, with only one copy (Wellcome Library) cited in OCLC; the National Library of Medicine also has a copy. The Rostinios’ popular treatise on surgery, compiled from the works of previous authors, was frequently reprinted in the 16th and 17th centuries. Of particular interest are the fine woodcut illustrations of surgical instruments, many after Guy de Chauliac, that appear on the first few pages of the work. Like Paré, the Rostinios published their surgical treatise in the vernacular, a very unusual practice at the time. Also, this is probably one of the very few sixteenth-century books on surgery co-authored by two related authors. Durling, 16th Century Books in the National Library of Medicine, 3951.Book Id: 50565