PARE, Ambroise (1510-1590). Les oeuvres...Divisees en vingt neuf livres, avec les figures & portraicts, tant de l'anatomie que des instruments de chirurgie, & de plusieurs monstres. Paris: Veufue Gabriel Buon, 1598.
Folio (13 6/8 x 8 2/8 inches). Engraved title-page (trimmed and strengthened at an early date on verso, without the frontispiece portrait as usual), illustrated throughout with 373 woodcuts in the text (some occasional pale mostly marginal staining, lower margin of 2y torn away, without the last blank). Near contemporary full sprinkled calf, the spine in six compartment, with five raised bands, morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others decorated with small gilt tools (extremities worn with minor loss, upper hinge starting).
The fifth and most complete edition of the collected works of Pare, first published in 1573, which contains the first printing of the author's final revisions and enlargements of the text, issued posthumously. Malgaigne used this edition as the basis of his definitive edition of Pare's text in 1840. The woodcut illustrations, include body parts, organs, surgical instruments, abnormalities, and real and fictional monsters.
"Pare was the greatest of the army surgeons before Larrey... he became the most famous surgeon in France. He is particularly remembered for his abandonment of boiling oil and the cautery... his re-introduction of the ligature and his invention of many new surgical instruments. He was the first to suggest that syphilis is a cause of aneurysm. He popularized the truss, introduced artifical limbs, and (in dentistry) re-implantation of the teeth" (Garrison-Morton 5565, 1575 edition). Doe A Bibliography of the Works of Ambroise Pare 32.