Amended edition of Justus Gottfried Günz (1714-1754) (1745)


De humoribus purgandis liber et de diaeta acutorum libri tres cum commentariis integris Ludovici Dureti … adiecit Iustus Godofredis Günz.

Published: Leipzig, Breitkopf, for the heirs of Lankisch

Date: 1745

8vo (200 × 130 mm), pp. [52], 444, [16, index and errata]; title-page printed in red and black; text in Latin and Greek; engraved head and tail-pieces; a bright, crisp text; marbled edges; bound in contemporary half calf, gilt panelled spine, boards slightly soiled, worn at extremities, else very good.

Louis Duret (1527-1586) was physician to Charles IX of France, and later chief physician to his brother, Henry III. Leaving home young, Duret made his way to Paris where he studied privately, demonstrating great talent, not least due to his great facility in learning languages (mastering Latin, Greek and Arabic among other achievements). Duret was an ardent disciples of Hippocrates, whose works he is supposed to have known by heart. He studied medicine under Jacques Houllier and Jacques Dubois, and proved so successful in practice that he was eventually appointed professor of medicine at the Collège de France, a position he held for eighteen years. In the 1580s he wrote a treatise, Hippocratis magni Coacæ prœnotiones; opus admirabile in tres libros distributum, interprete et enarratore L. Dureto Segusiano, that remained unpublished until his son, Jean Duret, also an accomplished physician, completed and published in 1631 as In magni Hippocratis librum de humoribus purgandis et in libros tres diæta acutorum, L. Dureti Segisiani commentarii interpretatione et enarratione insignes, printed by J. Jost in Paris.

Very good

Half calf