Welsch, Georg Hieronymus. Sylloge curationum et observationum medicinalium centurias VI complectens [and other works].

Ulm, Christian Balthasar Kuhn for Gottlieb Göbel, 1668.

4to. (8), 89, (13), 52, (8), 46, (10), 63, (13), 109, (17) pp., 1 blank f., 70, (10) pp. With engraved title page and 3 engraved plates (2 folding).

(Bound with) II: Welsch, Georg Hieronymus. Consiliorum medicinalium centuriae quatuor. Augsburg, Lorenz Kroniger / heirs of Gottlieb Göbel, 1698. (6), 496, (56) pp. Title printed in red and black. With engraved portrait frontispiece and 19 engraved plates (1 folding).

(Bound with) III: Welsch, Georg Hieronymus. Exotericarum curationum et observationum medicinalium chiliades duae. Ulm, [Christian Balthasar Kühn], 1676. (4), 484, (60) pp.

(Bound first) IV: Schroeck, Lucas. Memoria Welschiana, sive Historia vitae viri celeberrimi, Dn. Georgii Hieronymi Welschii, Augustani. Augsburg, Koppmayer for Theophil Göbel, 1678. 90 pp. With engraved portrait frontispiece. Contemporary full vellum.


The principal medical writings of the German physician and oriental scholar Georg Hieronymus Welsch (1624-77), including his biography, published a year after his death. "The author [was] a learned German doctor and one of the earliest members of the 'Societas Naturae Curiosum'" (Duveen, p. 617). Welsch, the son of an Augsburg pharmacist, studied classical and oriental languages, philosophy and medicine in Tübingen, Strasbourg and Padua, during which time he visited Central Italy and Rome. He returned to Augsburg to practice medicine, but due to an illness (possibly a form of depression) he was unable to maintain a regular practice and instead shifted his efforts into the field of writing. A correspondent of Leibniz's, he is also remembered as a translator of Avicenna.

The "Sylloge", which had first appeared in the previous year, is an extensive collection of medical works by earlier writers, several here making their first appearance in print: treatises by Marcel Cumanus, Hieronymus Martius, Achilles Gasser (the supporter of Copernicus and Rheticus), Ulrich Rumler, and Hieronymus Reusner, as well as a another by Welsch himself. This is the second issue; although it ends with "Finis", it wants a final part (19, [8] pp.).

Bound with this is Welsch's massive two-part work "Consiliorum medicinalium" (a posthumous 1698 re-issue) and (with its own 1676 title-page and issued separately) "Exotericarum curationum". The first part contains four centuries of medical case studies, compiled and edited from manuscripts in the author's private library (including sources by Gasser, Rumler, Marquard Slegler, and many others). Welsch's knowledge of oriental medical science is evident from his copious learned footnotes, frequently quoting (in Arabic) the works of "Ebnsina" (Ibn Sina, Avicenna). It is also remarkable for its numerous engraved diagrams, still largely in an alchemical and astrological vein. The second part contains two thousand items of medical observations and cures, drawn from the same sources and similarly annotated by Welsch.

Prefixed to these is the Life of Welsch, written a year after his death by the respected Augsburg physician Lukas Schröck (1646-1730).

Some browning and brownstaining throughout as common due to paper, but well preserved.

I: VD 17, 1:062768Y. Krivatsy 12934. Waller 9857. Jöcher IV, 1883.

II: VD 17, 547:693998F. Jöcher IV, 1883. Cf. Krivatsy 12923 (1676, counted as "Part 1" of a joint issue with the following).

III: VD, 17 12:188321G. Krivatsy 12923 (counted as "Part 2" of a joint issue with the previous).

IV: VD 17, 23:241931E. Krivatsy 10663. Waller 17972. Jöcher IV, 1883.

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