De Conceptu, et generatione hominis: de matri. By Jacob Rueff. Limited Facsimile Edition. Editions Medicina Rara, Ltd. Stuttgart, 1980.

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Jacob Rueff was a sixteenth century surgeon and author. He wrote a range of texts, but none has been more lasting than De Conceptu. First published in 1554, it is Rueff’s treatise on midwifery. It contains numerous chapters on pregnancy, midwifery, female genitalia, reproduction, and so forth. It also contains dozens of plates depicting Rueff’s understanding of physiology. Today these illustrations are at best uncanny, at worst horrifying, but in the Renaissance Period in which they were crafted, they proved to be significant improvements to our understanding of reproduction and pregnancy. This limited facsimile edition contains the text in Latin and plates from the 1587 Frankfurt edition. It is a limited production. 2,800 copies were printed and only 300 were bound in full vellum. It is a mysterious and intriguing facsimile, one that helps to trace some of the history of midwifery in Western traditions.

This limited facsimile edition is one of only 300 copies bound in full vellum. It is in fine condition. In the original vellum with yapp edges and straps, fine. Text block fine. In the original slipcase, near fine with only minor soiling and one chip.

A fine limited facsimile edition of the 1587 edition of De Conceptu.

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De Conceptu, et generatione hominis: de matri. By Jacob Rueff. Limited Facsimile Edition. Editions Medicina Rara, Ltd. Stuttgart, 1980.

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in