First edition of a foundational work of forensic medicine

First edition of a foundational work of forensic medicine

Johannnes BohnDe renunciatione vulnerum seu vulnerum lethalium examen, exponenshorum Formalitatem & Causas, tam in genere, quam in Specie ac per singulas Corporis partes.

 

Leipzig, printed by Christoph Fleischer for Johann Friedrich Gleditsch, 1689. 8vo (16,2 x 9,2 cm). [8], 400, [8] pp.

 

Contemporary calf, red sprinkled edges. From the library of French anatomist Thomas Lauth (1758-1826), with his etched bookplate on front paste-down, contemporary name on title-page ("Gottfrid Preuser"), paper browned, three of the four corners bumped and damaged, spine slighlty worn with the head and foot damaged.

 

First edition of an influential work on forensic medicine by Johannes Bohn (1640-1666), a Leipzig professor of anatomy and one of the founders of forensic medicine.

 

The present work "was of great importance at his time, and distinguished ante- and postmortem wounds and wounds deadly per se (per se seu absolute lethalia) from accidental factors (ca accidenc lethalia). He was in favour of complete medicolegal autopsies instead of wound inspection and described procedures to be followed" (Madea).

 

No copies sold at auction in the last 20 years.

 

Krivatsky 1432; VD17 23:239247A (6 copies); cf. DSB II, pp. 237-238; Madea, Handbook for Forensic Medicine, p. 10.

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