INGRASSIA, Giovanni Filippo (1510-1580)-
Informatione del Pestifero e Contagioso Morbo.
Later vellum (front joint splitting and lightly stained). (8), 312, (32), 205, (15). Title with woodcut device and partial border illustrating three remedies for the plague (repeated on QQ6), engraved frontispiece showing the author presenting his book to Philip II, two engraved illustrations, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces.
FIRST EDITION. Ingrassia managed the outbreak of the plague in Sicily in 1575-1576 by ordering measures of hygiene and separating suspected, confirmed and convalescing cases in different hospital wards. In this work he describes the
disease, traces its outbreak in Sicily. The first to recommend public health countermeasures.
Engraved frontispiece shorter and possibly supplied, without blank h4, an engraved illustration lightly shaved, small wormtrack with
minor loss on title, some browning and staining, 2c4w with marginal repair.
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