Famous medical manual

Arnoldus de Villanova, [Pseudo-] (ed.). [Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum.] Regimen Sanitatis cu[m] expositione magistri Arnaldi de Villa nova Cathellano Noviter Impressus.

Venice, Bernardinus Venetus de Vitalibus, [after 1500/1505].

4to. (82) ff. (A-T4, V6). 29 lines, text partly surrounded by commentary. Later half vellum.


Latin edition of this famous medical manual, arranged at Salerno in the 12th century and published in various incunabular editions. This instructional poem and the commentary that accompanies it, often attributed to the 13th-century Montpellier alchemist Arnoldus de Villanova (cf. E. Wickersheimer, in: Comptes rendus du XIIIe Congrès international d'histoire de la médecine, 1954, p. 226-234 [Aquilon 570]), preserved its exceptional influence in Western Europe well into the 19th century.

Quire Q misbound but complete; some browning and fingerstaining; margins show some wrinkling. Several old marginalia and underlinings; later ms. note to title page: "Arnoldinus in Scholam Salernitanam". Very rare; a single record in ABPC (Swann, 24 Jan. 1980, lot 1792).


CR 5053. Goff R-77. GW M37397. BSB-Ink R-50. Klebs 830.12. Sander 6391. Pellechet 1289. BMC V, 598. Edit 16, CNCE 60481. Cf. Essling 609f.

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