Ma’aseh Tuviah [Medical encyclopedia]

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Ma’aseh Tuviah [Medical encyclopedia]

Second Edition. Three parts in one volume. Title within architectural border. Separate title for each part. Woodcut anatomical diagram and numerous scientific text illustrations ff. (4), 122. Lightly browned, stained in places, corners frayed. Modern boards. 4to Vinograd, Jessnitz 13; this edition not in Garrison & Morton

Jessnitz: Israel ben Abraham 1721

Est: $400 - $600
Celebrated encyclopedia of medical and natural sciences. “Padua’s most distinguished Jewish medical graduate, with the possible exception of Joseph Delmedigo, was Tobias Cohen. Certainly, his Ma’aseh Tuviyyah was the most influential early modern Hebrew textbook of the sciences, especially medicine…No other Hebrew work dealing exclusively with medical and scientific matters, and unrelated directly to concerns of religious law, was so widely read and appreciated.” See David B. Ruderman, Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern Europe (New Haven,1995), pp. 229-255 SEE PAGE 71 - RE AMERICA!!!