Hondert en dertien gebreken en genesinge der oogen. . . En nu vermeerdert door Mr. Johannes Verbrigge. . . Nebens een kleyne beschrijbinge der tanden.
by GUILLEMEAU, Jacques (1544-1612).
Amsterdam:: Jan Claesz ten Hoorn, 1678., 1678. 145 x 91 mm. 12mo. [xxiv], 232 pp. Engraved frontis. (trimmed close at top of fore edge), title-page vignette, decorative initials. Contemporary full calf, raised bands, gilt spine, all edges red; leather scuffed and cracked, outer hinges starting, front free end-paper loose. Bookplate of Jerry F. Donin. VERY RARE. Good. VERY RARE DUTCH EDITION, THE FIRST TO BE AUGMENTED BY THE DUTCH SURGEON JOHANN VERBRUGGE, OF GUILLEMEAU'S CLASSIC WORK. Considered by Garrison to be the best of the Renaissance books on ophthalmology – an epitome of existing knowledge on the subject, chiefly from Greek and Arabian sources. Guillemeau "was the first to describe the repair of a congenital eyelid coloboma by freshening the edges and suturing their margins." Albert & Edwards, eds., p. 237. At the end of this work is an interesting treatise on teeth attributed to Guillemeau. Pierre Dionis (1643-1718), in his surgical treatise of 1707, stated that Guillemeau was the originator of a mineral paste for making artificial teeth. This "fact" is reiterated by Guerini in his History of dentistry (Philadelphia, 1909). Guerini wrote: "the Guillemeau of whom Dionis speaks is probably Jacques Guillemeau, the author of a book no longer to be found, which was translated from the French, first into Dutch and afterwards into German, Der Auffrichtiger Augen u. Zahnartz, published first in Dresden in 1706. . . " Dr. Weinberger, however, disputes this and suggests that the dental treatise was probably written by Johannes Verbrugge rather than Guillemeau, to whom it is attributed. But, Weinberger does note that "the essential part of the quotation that Dionis neglected to include reads as follows: 'Said paste can be used wonderfully well in a hollow tooth to prevent its breaking and so that meat cannot be hidden in the cavity during the eating which is often the reason for toothache.'" An introduction to the history of dentistry, p. 370. Jacques Guillemeau studied under Ambroise Pare and became a famous surgeon; he was appointed surgeon to the King of France. REFERENCES: Albert & Edwards, eds., History of ophthalmology, p. 50; Albert, et al, Source book in ophthalmology, 941 (1st ed. 1585); Becker Collection 168 (1st ed. 1585); Cushing G459 (1st ed. 1585); Garrison and Morton 5818 (1st ed. 1585); Gorin, History of ophthalmology, pp. 31, 37; Hirsch, II, p. 696 (1st ed. Paris, 1585); Hirschberg, II, pp. 318-321; Krivatsy, NLM, 5140; Reynolds historical library 1764 (1st ed. 1585); Waller 3855 (1st ed. 1585); Wellcome, III, p. 179.
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