[Studentica] - Abel, Heinrich Caspar. Wohlerfahrner Leib-Medicus derer Studenten [...].

Leipzig, Friedrich Groschuff, 1707.

12mo. (34), 338, 40 (recte 38), (20), 45, (3) pp. With engraved frontispiece and several woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary full vellum with handwritten spine-title.


Early edition of this entertaining handbook promoting a healthy lifestyle among university and grammar school students as well as travelling scholars, and advising young men to beware of dangerous vices. The frontispiece, in five compartments, displays the four greatest risks in a student's life, namely drinking and smoking in the pub, cavorting with women, duels and dangerous riding, and nocturnal studying, all of which allegedly lead directly to the sickbed (as shown in the fifth compartment).

First published in 1699, this pocket-size manual is packed with advice and warnings, recommending neither too little nor too much sleep, discussing table etiquette and the likelihood of obesity, suggesting suitable treatments for gonorrhoea, headaches, stomach pain, and fever, and giving tips for leisure activities including hunting and sleigh riding as well as the maintenance of shooting arms and students' attire.

Unobtrusive contemporary ownership to flyleaf and title-page (initals "BL"?). Slight corner flaws to several pages, no loss to text.

Ermann/Horn I, 7693. Blake 1. Wellcome II, 2. Cf. VD18, 10218645. Waller 161 (1713 ed.). Not in Arents.

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