Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, RES/ANAT. 297

Tractado muy provechoso del anatomia, y phlebotomia... Facsimile Edition

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Treatise eminently practical and made for consultation in the field, as it were, by the sixteenth century bleeders that composed by Dr. Francisco Molina. He himself refers to his treaty with the term “obrecica”.

The justification for the need of his writing is offered by the author in his preface to the reader: "Moved with much desire to avoid bloodshed, as in these parts is our every intention, to curb misuse and prompt seriously wills that barbers have in ordering his conscience to advise unlicensed medical expertise to ignorant people; they treat them nowadays in order to make themselves appreciated and show that they can do something pretending they repair human bodies but destroying them completely, and because those who act in another way are more responsible, not being able of avoiding ignorance; everybody having this book where I was able to compile and declare the intention of what doctors have told have or do or ordering the bleedings".

At the colophon, after insisting on those who this work is aiming for, as it has been written "for the well being and use of the ill, and for barbers', surgeons' and anybody's who cuts body parts, instruction: The General Vicar in Alcala de Henarés, dioceses de Toledo, the graduated Pedro de Lagasca has given his approval".

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Tractado muy provechoso del anatomia, y phlebotomia de venas y arterias y del anatomia de los nervios, con un tractado de ventosas y otro de sanguijuelas con unas reglas generales para saber los dias aptos para las sangrias

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 2012

  • Limited Edition: 3000 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Tractado muy provechoso del anatomia, y phlebotomia...: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile, printed on specially made laid paper, is contained in a cloth-lined presentation case with gold engraved leather spine. Size with case 11.5 x 10.5 x 2.2 cm.

This edition does not include an accompanying commentary volume. A book in Spanish, "Bibliofilia antigua XIV," includes a monograph on the original document and is sold separately.


Parchment on wooden board.

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