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Apollineum Majoricense bellum contra febres perniciosas... continent tractatum unicum, quaestiones vero quatuor.[Palma de] Mallorca: propriis avthoris svmpthibus in regali conventu Sancti Dominici cuditum : vendense en el mismo convento, y en Barcelona en casa de Iuan Piferrer, 

RAPO Y FONT Rafael 1651-1710 (1707)

£2500.00 

4to  [22], 326p.,  2 columns, leaf of errata in prelims., contemporary Spanish vellum lettered in ink on spine, ties,, small tear in last leaf (not affecting text), signature on title-leaf eaten into paper

 

A rare medical treatise printed and paid for by the author.

The author (from Sineu in Mallorca) served in the army of Carlos II and seems to have written other works: see last page., and p. 24b where he speaks of his many manuscript volumes which are ready for the press, but which he wishes had been written by outsiders so that they might be accepted by 'patricii mei Majoricenses medici', a prophet never being accepted in his own country [Luke 4]. We have found no trace of them.The work is set out in a quasi- Scholastic manner with 'quaestiones' and 'articuli'. As well as discussing the origins of fevers, the author proceeds to their symptoms and treatments by drugs etc. for which the recipes are given.

The book is extremely uncommon, 2 copies being found in Barcelona but none recorded elsewhere in Europe or in USA. The printing press in the Dominican convent at Palma de Mallorca was established by a Dominican friar Fr. Domingo Riera y Torrens who acquired printing material from Spain and abroad, and produced its first book in 1702. It continued until 1756, although latterly with poor availability of types. This work seems to be the only non-religious book produced there, and like its fellows was printed for an outside bookseller, although actually sold in the convent. Joan Piferrer of Barcelona (1676-1750) was the founder of an important firm: see 'Imprenta y negocio del libro en la Barcelona del siglo XVIII. La casa Piferrer F. Xavier Burgos /Manuel Pega' available at:  http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Manuscrits/article/viewFile/23132/92378

Provenance: Inscription on title-page P.D. Laurentii Rapo ad usum, 1724.

Palau 248150 referring to one copy in a Maggs catalogue of 1927. The present copy has what could be a cancel printed as [2pi3] and paginated 170 and 171(verso), but the leaf although clearly containing part of Rapo's text (quaestio IV articulus 2), does not seem to fit in at that point.

 

Stock Code: 223386