The Vesalius of horses

1397. [Zoology - Horses]

RUINI, Carlo

Anatomia & medicina equorum nova. Das ist: Neuwess Rossbuch oder Von der Pferden Anatomy/ Natur/ Cur/ Pflegung unnd Heylung/ zwey ausserlesene Bücher [...].

Frankfurt a. M., M. Becker for P. Fischer, 1603

2 parts in 1 vol., folio: [22]-257-[7], [10]-307-[15] pp. (browned, tears in X1 and hole in Ccc6 repaired, both with sm. text loss).

Later half calf (sl. dam. at head), covered with a leaf from an early printed book. Very good copy.

Extremely rare German translation by Peter Uffenbach (1566-1635) of "Dell' anatomia, e dell' infermità del cavallo" (Bologna 1598) by Carlo Ruini (1530-1598), a pioneer Italian work on the anatomy and diseases of the horse. Ill. with 64 full-page woodcut ill., "inspired by those in Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica (1543)" (Garrison-Morton), including some which are truly spectacular showing dissected horses. Remarkably enough, the Bolognese aristocrat and senator Ruini was not a physician, but a horse lover and riding enthousiast. Small woodcut mark on titles. Large mark at the end. General title in red and black.
Ref. VD17 23:260731W. - Dejager 95. - Krivatsy 10023. - Wellcome I:5624. - Nissen (ZBI) 3517. - Cp. Mennessier de la Lance, II:465 (It. ed. 1598), Garrison & Morton 285 (id.), Bibl. Walleriana 10540 (ed. 1599). - Not in STC German 1601-1700 (BL).
Prov. Janus Foundation, San Francisco (mod. bookpl.).

Hammer price: € 1.500

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