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Collection: Highlights from the Ruth and Lyle Sellers Medical Collection
Nieremberg taught humanities, natural history, and scripture at the Colegio Imperial in Madrid. Additionally, he authored about eighty separate works, mostly about religion and philosophy. His Historia naturae, which focuses largely on the natural…
Known in Europe as Mesue, Yuhanna Ibn Masawayh was the chief physician at the ninth-century medical school in Baghdad and wrote prolifically in Syriac and Arabic. Best known for his expertise in ophthalmology, gynecology, and anatomy, his were among…
The Persian Mohammed al-Razi (Rhasis) was considered one of the great early physicians of the Islamic world, and he had widespread influence upon late medieval European medicine as well. This ninth volume of the set of ten medical textbooks he…
Reisch's illustrated encyclopedia compiles information from various branches of medieval knowledge: grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and philosophy as well as the natural and human sciences. Compiled by the Prior of the…
Few monuments of literature can claim the social and political influence achieved by Uncle Tom's Cabin. In the decade preceding the American Civil War, during which the book sold an astounding three million copies, its story of a family torn apart by…
Mark Twain's descriptions from a round trip between St. Louis and New Orleans became the basis for Life on the Mississippi, first published in 1883. This copy is the first state of the first edition.
This copy of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the first American edition, first issue. It is housed in a slipcase with Tom Sawyer.
This copy of Tom Sawyer is from the first edition, second printing, issue "A," which preserves its original gilt blue cloth binding. It is housed in a slipcase with Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
This comprehensive encyclopedia of Renaissance learning includes discussions of arithmetic, geometry, astrology, physiology, medicine, economics, politics, moral philosophy, poetry, music, rhetoric, dialectic, and grammar.
Juan de Valverde was a student of Realdo Columbo, a professor of anatomy and surgeon at the University of Padua who studied under Vesalius. Valverde became the most important anatomy specialist in Spain in the late sixteenth century and wrote…
Although trained in the classical tradition of medicine based on the writings of Galen, Vesalius created an entirely new method of understanding human anatomy, based on dissection and direct observation, with the publication of De Humani Corporis…
One publishing trend of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries was the production of printed Books of Hours. Replacing hand-illuminated manuscripts with moveable type, woodcuts, and interchangeable marginal motifs, printers created a…
An incomplete Book of Hours that consists of at least three different manuscript fragments. The preserved sections of the oldest manuscript are likely from a Book of Hours for Troyes Use.
This remarkable manuscript was illuminated by a Flemish-trained artist of great skill. It was produced after 1519, as it contains a commemoration and accompanying miniature of St. Franciscus de Paulo, who was canonized by Leo X that year. The program…
A modest Book of Hours written in gothic batarde script in brown, red, and blue ink with numerous French rubrics, this manuscript includes four full-page miniatures. Ten additional pages feature large illuminated initials and elaborate borders…
Although the original owner and talented illuminator of this Book of Hours both remain unknown, the scribe who transcribed the text signed his name on folio 111 recto as "Biagio di Piero di Jacopo da Fiesole." The manuscript features four full-page…
Extremely colorful and resplendent with burnished gold leaf, the tiny book features fifteen miniatures and ten lively vignettes of the Labors of the Months in the calendar, each set within pinnacled Gothic niches and surrounded in the margins by…
This Quran is written in fine Arabic script with an interlinear Persian translation in red ink and manuscript annotations in the margins. First leaves illuminated with elaborate carpet borders of crimson, blue, gold, etc. Gilded borders and marginal…
This 1706 version of the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer was specifically designed to fit a choir desk or lectern for public prayer. The large engraved frontispiece is a copy of that produced for the 1662 edition, showing worshippers…
Book is in complete condition which is rare but also shows the widespread and prolonged use of the item. Early missals like this one were printed without notation for the owner to fill in.
This portable breviary, used by a Franciscan friar in Italy during the fifteenth century, includes a calendar for the use of Rome with later handwritten additions indicating the feasts of several Franciscan saints. Illuminated with northern Italian…
The missal is a Christian service book that provides the texts necessary for the celebration of the Mass by a priest. It includes chants, prayers, scriptural readings, and directions (rubrics) written in red. The presence of location specific saints…
Breviaries consisted of psalms, antiphons, lectionary, martyrology, and other features. This breviary for Benedictine Use includes calendrical notes that point to a composition date circa 1431 and also includes an indulgence approved in 1431 by Pope…
The texts of the Psalms in Latin and vernacular German translation are printed here side by side in this early sixteenth-century edition. Includes index.
This volume, written in old Dutch on paper rather than vellum, comprises short passages of the Canticum Canticorum (Song of Songs) followed by allegorical explications from the writings of St. Paul, St. Gregory the Great, St. Bonaventure, and Gilbert…