ALPINI, Prosper.

The Presages of Life and Death in Diseases. In seven books. In which the whole Hippocratic method of predicting the various terminations and events of diseases, is in a new and accurate manner illustrated and confirm’d… Translated from the last Leyden edition, revised and published by Gaubius, at the request of Dr. Boerhaave, by R. James, M.D.

London: Printed for G. Strahan and J. Clarke… S. Birt…D. Browne…and J. Hodges…1746

2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xi, (xxiv), 386; (iv), (xxxii), 359, 2 leaves. Fore-edge of first title-page damaged and professionally restored without loss, margins of first and last leaves slightly browned. Good modern half calf antique, spines ruled in gilt, red and green morocco labels. Signature of James Lumsden Shireff at tops of titles; bookplate of St. Augustine College, Canterbury on versos of preliminary leaves; single withdrawn stamp of the Wellcome Library.

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of this classic work on prognosis. See G&M 2194 (first edition of 1601). Alpinus classifies the morbid phenomena into genera and discusses their prognostic value. The last two leaves of volume 2 in this copy are not present in the Wellcome copy, nor are they in the only copy in COPAC which gives a collation. They are a 2-page index to the second volume, but as the volume has a 32-page index at the beginning, these two leaves were probably intended to be cancelled and are therefore a rare survival.


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