GELÉE, Théophile.

L’Anatomie Francoise en forme d’abregé. Recueillie des meilleurs autheurs qui ont escrit de ceste science. Reveuë, corrigée, & de beaucoup augmentée en ceste derniere edition, par l’autheur.

A Rouen: Chez Jean Berthelin, dans la court du Palais.1639

8vo, pp. (viii), 479, (9). Some minor foxing, and a small wormtrack in inner margin of the first 40 leaves. Contemporary limp vellum (slight damage to fore-edge of upper cover, no rear free endpaper), spine lettered in manuscript. Early owner’s inscription on title-page; later armorial bookplate of Le Proux on front pastedown.

A provincially published manual of anatomy that ran to at least seventeen editions in fifty years. The first edition of 1623 was the first book printed in Dieppe. Gelée was born in Dieppe, studied medicine at Montpellier, and returned to his home town to practise. This edition is extremely rare: it is not in the Catalogue Collectif de France which has a Paris edition for 1639, and not in any other collection catalogues generally referred to. WorldCat finds 2 copies, both in Italy.


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