GUIDI, GUIDO, translator. Chirurgia è Graeco in Latinum conversa, Vido Vidio Florentino interprete. 210 woodcut text illustrations showing bandaging techniques and surgical and orthopedic apparatus after drawings attributed either to Francesco Primaticcio or the school of Francesco Salviati. , 533,  pages; lacks final blank. Folio, 335x237 mm, modern vellum boards; contents generally clean with only infrequent minor spotting, title soiled and rehinged, next 3 leaves unobtrusively reinforced in gutters, repair in blank lower margin of r4, small hole at top of last leaf affecting one letter in headline. Paris: Pierre Gaultier, 1544
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first editionof Guidi's Latin translation of a 10th-century manuscript of Greek writings on surgery, with his own commentary and observations, "one of the most beautiful scientific books of the Renaissance" (Norman). "Most of the book is devoted to Hippocrates' writings on ulcers, fistulas, and head wounds . . . and Galen's commentaries on Hippocrates' works on fractures and joints. Also included are Galen's work on bandages as well as Oribasius' De laqueis and De machinamentis [on orthopedic devices] . . . This book is often considered to be the finest textbook of surgery to be printed in the sixteenth century"--Heirs of Hippocrates 263. Choulant, Handbuch, pages 417-18; Choulant-Frank, pages 211-12; Durling 2204; Garrison-Morton 4406.1; Harvard/Mortimer-French 542; Norman 954.