Litotomia ovvero del cavar la pietra...
In Firenze: Nella Stamper. di Giuseppe Manni,... .1707
Small folio, pp. 24, CX, (1)licence, and 16 fine engraved plates. Half-title, engraved vignette on title by Cosimo Mogalli, some fine and large woodcut ornaments. Contemporary sheep, ends of spine and corners repaired, no free endpapers. A few small marks but generally an excellent copy.
FIRST EDITION of one of the finest books on urology, with respect to both printing and illustration, and one of the best early books on lithotomy. Alghisi, a native of Florence, was probably the first to use an indwelling urethral catheter to drain urine away from the wound after lithotomy. The fact that he advocated the inclined position of the patient with his head raised led to its general adoption. See Murphy, The history of urology, p. 100, (illustrating plate XVI). Kiefer catalogue 12.