Coacae Praenotationes Graece & Latine.

Amsterdam, Louis and Daniel Elzevir, 1660


12mo, pp. [12], 577, [107]. Roman, Italic and Greek letter; title in black and red with printer’s device, a few foliated initials, head- and tail-pieces; lightly foxed, final gatherings slightly age browned, clean tear to outer blank margin of Ff2. A very good copy in nearly contemporary boards, painted green, later morocco label on spine.

First Elzevir edition of an important work of Hippocrates (c.460-370 BC), the father of Western medicine. His ground-breaking teachings survived in the so-called Hippocratic corpus, a vast body of works most likely written by Hippocrates’s students and later followers. The Coan Prenotoins ‘consist mainly of general prognostic statements; in addition, one chapter (543) makes reference to a particular patient, and twenty-three pose apparently self-directed questions: e.g. 78 “Do these kinds of exacerbations also indicate phrenitis?” … Present in all the collected editions and translations of the Hippocratic Collection, [the text] received considerable special attention at the time when semeiotics played a central role in medical education and practice …’ (Hippocrates, Coan Prenotions: Anatomical and Minor Clinical Writings, (Loeb Classical Library 509), Cambridge MA 2010, p. 106). This pocket edition was edited by Jon Jonston, a learned Polish physician (1603-1675), after the text established by the French humanist Anuce Foës (Metz, 1528-Metz, 1595).

Not in Heirs of Hippocrates or Osler. Brunet, III, 175 (‘joile édition’); Graesse, III, 282; Willems 1259.



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