Four medical works by Jean Varandal in one volume, from the library of Bob Luza

Four medical works by Jean Varandal in one volume, from the library of Bob Luza

Jean Varandal. Tractatus de elephantiasi seu lepra, item de lue venerea, et hepatitide, seu hepatis. [...] Nunc primum in lucem editi. Montpellier, François Chouët, 1620.

[Bound with:]

(2) Jean Varandal. Tractatus de affectibus renum & vesicae. Secunda editio correcta &emendata. Genève, Jacques & Pierre Chouet, 1620.

[And:]

(3) Jean Varandal. De Morbis Mulierum lib. III Mulltum antehac desiderati, nunc primum in lucem editi Opera Romani a Costa, de Briva Iucunda Doct. Medic. Montpellier, François Chouët, 1620.

[And:]

(4) Jean Varandal. Formulae remediorum internorum et externorum secundùm genera & locos. Secunda editio genuina & ab innumeris quibus prima editio scatebat erroribus emendata. Montpellier, François Chouët, 1620.

 

8vo (15 x 10 cm). 174, [2] pp.; [8], 167, [1 blank] pp.; [20], 511, [4], [1 blank] pp.; [8], 134, [2] pp. 4 works bound in one volume. Woodcut vignettes on title-page, several lovely head- and tailpieces and initials. Contemporary vellum, gauffered edges. From the library of Bob Luza with his bookplate on upper paste-down. In very good condition, with a few marginal stains, the first work with several contemporary owner's entries on the title-page, including "Ex libris Andr: Jac: Caffort".

 

A lovely volume collecting four works by the great French physician Jean Varandal (1564?-1617), from the library of Bob Luza (1893-1980), an ardent Dutch book collector.

 

The first work is on lepra, syphilis and other venereal diseases as well as on diseases of the liver. "Die virulente Gonorrhoee wird als eine Form der Lues venera der gutartigen gegenübergestellt und das Guajakholz, [...] dagegen empfohlen. Er empfiehlt bei "Distorsion" der weiblichen Genitalien eine Kanüle einzulegen, was also der späteren Stiftbehandlung bei Uterusdelokationenentspricht. Auch heisse Wasser-lrrigationen empfiehlt er bereits. Dass syphilitische Frauen oft unfruchtbar sind,oder, falls sie schwanger werden, vorzeitig gebaren oder schwächliche, kurzlebige Kinder zur Welt bringen, ist ihm bereits bekannt" (Neuburger-Pagel).

 

The second work treats the kidney and bladder, and the third, De morbis et affectibus mulierum, is devoted to hypochromic anemia, historically known as green sickness for which Varanda coined the term "chlorosis". The fourth work is on prescriptive medicine and features a wealth of recipes to prepare medicines. The second and fourth works are in second edition, the others are first editions.

 

Varandal "war einer der hervorragendsten Lehrer der Med. in Montpellier zu Ende des 16. und Anfang des 17. Jahrh. [...] V. war ein auserordentlich beliebter Lehrer, hat aber bei Lebzeiten nichts publizirt. Erst nach seinem Tode haben seine Schüler verschiedene von ihm herrührende Manuscripte und in seinen Vorlesungen nachgeschriebene Collegienhefte veröffentlicht" (Hirsch).

 

Bob Luza sale, Van Gendt Book auctions, november 1984, lot 608; Ad 1: Kritvatsy 12165; ad 2: Krivatsy 12164; ad 3: Krivatsy 12155; Ad 4: Krivatsy 12159 (Geneva imprint); cf. Hirsch V, pp. 69-70; Neuburger-Pagel III, 963.

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