RUINI, Carlo. Infermità del cavallo et suoi rimedii: opera nuova, degna di qualsivoglia prencipe, & cavaliere, & molto necessaria à filosofi, medici, cavallerizzi, & marescalchi … volume secondo, nelquale in sei libri si tratta pienamente di tutte l’infermità del cavallo, & suoi rimedii, con due bellissime tavole, una de capitol, & l’altra delle cose notabili. Venice, Fioravante Prati, 1618.
2 parts in one vol., folio, pp. I: , 247, [1 (blank)], , [1 (blank)], II: , 300, , [1 (blank)]; 64 full-page woodcut illustrations, woodcut device to titles and woodcut initials throughout; light marginal dust-staining to early leaves; a very good copy in later seventeenth-century Italian speckled sheep, spine gilt in compartments with gilt red morocco lettering-piece in one, edges speckled green and red, marbled pastedowns; a little rubbed, corners bumped with superficial loss to one, head-cap and -band lost; front flyleaf stamped ‘Libreria Angelo Dela, Brescia’, bookseller’s ticket to upper pastedown and slip of C.E. Rappaport, Rome.
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Anatomia del cavallo, infermità, et suoi rimedii: opera nuova, degna di qualsivoglia prencipe, & cavaliere, & molto necessaria à filosofi, medici, cavallerizzi, & marescalchi.
Fourth edition of the first detailed study in veterinary anatomy and an extremely important work in the history of anatomy as a discipline. Influenced by Andreas Vesalius’s De fabrica corporis humani (Basel, 1543), the Anatomia del cavallo is copiously illustrated with large woodcuts, attributed variously (and with little evidence) to Caracci, Titian, and other skilled painters. Enormously influential both in anatomy and veterinary medicine, Ruini’s findings on the equine circulatory system pre-empted Harvey’s discovery of the human equivalent in 1628.
USTC 4021877 or 4029066 (double entry); not in Dejager (cf. pp. 216-219).
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