2 parts in 1 vol. folio: -250 (= 248), 266 (= 268) pp. (wormholes to the margins of the first 3 ff. and to the last f. of the vol., foxing, some ff. very browned).
Contemp. mottled calf, spine with raised bands, marbled edges (some sm. scratches, wormholes to the spine).
Reprint (1st posthum. ed.: Bologna 1598) of the "first book devoted exclusively to the structure of a single species other than man" (Garrison). Illustrated with 64 woodcut full-page pl. "inspired by those in Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica (1543)" (id.), including some which are truly spectacular showing dissected horses. The first part contains the anatomical descriptions (structure of the heart, pulmonary circulation, eyes, kidneys...) and the second descriptions of diseases (fevers, cough, hernia, dislocated shoulder, dropsy...). The senator of Bologna Ruini (1530-1598) was not a physician but a horse lover and riding enthousiast.
Ref. Menessier de La Lance 465 ("Il [L'ouvrage] a eu la plus grande célébrité, et a été souvent mis à contribution par les hippiâtres du XVIIe et même du XVIIIe siècle"). - Nissen, ZBI, 3514. - Wellcome IV:587.- Cp. Garrison & Morton 285 (ed. 1598). - Cp. Bibl. Walleriana 10540 (ed. 1599).
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