"Ante Praxis". Autograph medical manuscript (lecture transcript).
Small 4to. 144 unnumbered pages. Contemporary limp vellum over cardboard with handwritten spine title. Sprinkled edges.
A complete transcript of a lecture from Ricciardelli's medical training, apparently at the University of Naples. Among the many authorities quoted are Paracelsus, Descartes, Jodocus Willich, Franciscus Sylvius, William Cockburn (Jonathan Swift's medical adviser, whose 1695 outline of pathology, "Oeconomia corporis animalis", is quoted from), Théophile Bonet, and Fabricius Hildanus.
Some occasional brownstaining, but altogether a well-preserved, well-legible manuscript. For the Ricciardelli family of Pescocostanzo, in the Province of L'Aquila in Italy's Abruzzo region, who produced several doctors of medicine, law, and divinity, cf. Memorie intorno alla origine e progresso di Pesco Costanzo (Monte Cassino 1866), pp. 157-160.