The colours of the eyes

Porzio (Portius), Simone. De coloribus oculorum.

Florence, Lorenzo Torrentino, 1550.

4to. 57, (1) pp., final bl. f. With 2 large figurated initials. Marbled wrappers.


First edition; rare. "One of the earliest monographs on ophthalmology in which the author attempts to explain the cause of the variety of colors of eyes. The positions of the eyes and the opinions of Aristotle and Galen on the structure of the eye are also discussed. The author lectured on medicine at Pisa from 1546 to 1552 and was also known as a scientist and philosopher" (Becker).

Elegantly printed in Roman types; slightly browned throughout. From the library of the historian of medicine Walter Pagel (1898-1983).


Adams P 1959. BM-STC Italian 537. Edit 16, CNCE 34577. Becker 303. Bird 1989. Durling 3742. Graesse V, 419. Hirsch/Hübotter IV, 660 (misdated: "1551"). Osler 3725. Not in Brunet, Ebert, Hirschberg or Waller.

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