FABRIZIO, Girolamo (Hieronymous Fabricius ab Aquapendente).

De Locutione et eius instrumentis Liber a Joanne Ursino editus M.DC.I.

Patavii [Padua]: Ex Typographia Laurentii Pasquati,1603

Folio, pp. (viii), 27. With 1 full-page engraving on p. 26, large woodcut device on title-page, woodcut initials and ornaments. Old dampstain in lower margin. 20th-century half calf. Bookplates of H.F. Norman MD and Richard J. Bennett.

Second edition, but the first in folio. The De locutione examines the organs of speech, illustrated by a “cut-away” view of the human ear and throat. It is the earliest separate work on the physiology of human speech, and deals with the physiological elements of articulation and voice production. The first edition was published in 1601 as a quarto and is extremely rare. The format was enlarged to folio for this edition probably to comply with other works being published by Fabrizio as his monumental Totius animalis fabricae theatrum, which was never completed. The present work was issued with his De formato foetu (1604), De venarum osteolis (1603) and De brutorum loquela (1603), which were also issued separately as Fabrizio makes clear in the dedication to the De venarum osteolis. All of these works are finely printed folios with beautiful engraved plates. The same sheets were reissued, without title-pages but with one additional tract, in 1625. Norman catalogue 749 (this copy).


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