Last week I posted about bringing our 1638 edition of Hippocrates' Aphorisms to the History of Medicine I class. It was fun to introduce some curious medical students to their first rare book - While some of them were hesitant to even touch something so ancient (one made a reference to the "Don't even look at it" scene from This is Spinal Tap), many respectfully held the book and turned the pages. I got some great questions about the history of book production and use, too.
Here's what I'll be bringing to tomorrow's class:
This is an edition of the works of Galen, printed in Basel between 1561-1562. While last week's book was quite petite, this is practically monumental. The works were printed in 8 volumes and then bound in 5 volumes, generously folio-sized.
I'm intrigued by the inscription of one T. (or maybe F.?) Willoughby, presumably one of the book's previous owners. Anyone want to try to decipher the characters next to his name?