Methodus Medendi
Methodus Medendi
Methodus Medendi
Methodus Medendi
Methodus Medendi

Methodus Medendi

1526 Oxfordshire

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[70] of [72], 224pp, collates *7, **-***8, *****4, a-z8, A-E8. Contemporary signed binding by Gerard Pilgrim of Oxford. Full calf over wooden boards, raised bands, spine in five panels, second panel with author and translator in blind (probably later and from a label, now absent), first and fifth with blind rules. Upper cover with panel design depicting Christ rising from his tomb, binders initials G.P. with key and staff above. Lower cover with panel design showing an image of the Trinity. Text with decorative initials. Recently rebacked, with old spine laid on, missing pieces of old spine to spine ends, slightly rubbed to extremities, lacking clasps. Lacks *1 the title page, otherwise complete, with first couple of signatures frayed to fore-edges and some soiling, occasional light damp stains, several instances of early ink marginalia and note to foot of last page, later notes to ffeps. Early edition of Galen's Methodus Medendi, his major treatise on the principles and practice of therapeutics, almost certainly the 1526 Paris edition published by Chevallonius (which appears to be the only early octavo edition). Thomas Linacre, (c.1460-1524), was a Humanist scholar and physician, after whom Linacre College Oxford is named. His translation of this work first appeared in 1519, and were well regarded, indeed "as translations from Greek into Latin they are almost impeccable ... Linacre employs a wide vocubulary and understands well the nuances of the Greek. He avoids the literal word for word translation of medieval interpreters and provides instead an elegant humanist Latin. At times he emends his text, with the result that in the standard nineteenth-century edition of Galen, by C.G. Kuhn (Leipzig, 1821-32), Linacre's Latin version of the Methodus Medendi often represents Galen's words more accurately than the Greek text that is printed above it. These versions attracted the admiration of Linacre's fellow scholars around Europe" (ODNB). Gerard Pilgrim, a native of Antwerp, worked in Oxford from at least 1524, when he paid the Alien Tax, and died in 1536. Oldham styles these panels as 'Image of Pity Panels', the upper panel here is exactly the same as Oldham's panel Rel. 9 (see plate XXXVI), and the lower panel Rel. 8 (see plate XXXV), found together here as usual, Oldham noting that "in all eleven known examples of the present panel [ie. Rel. 9] ... it is used with the signed Trinity panel Rel. 8." (Oldham - Blind Panels of English Binders, page 32). Now housed in a cloth drop back box (title incorrect). Linacre seemingly played quite an important role in the introduction of gold tooling into England - See Barber's 'The Advent of Gold Tooling in English Bookbinding and the Intermediary Role of Thomas Linacre' in Pearson's 'For the Love of the Binding'. An attractive early English blind panelled binding, uncommon. Wellcome 2365 and NCBEL I:2365
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