Liceti, Fortunio 1577-1657 -De Monstris. Amsterdam 1665
One of the earliest classifications of deformities. This work includes both real and imaginary cases augmented by accurate descriptions of cases observed by Liceti in the years following the first edition. The first edition of 1619 has no illustrations whilst this one has an appendix by the Dutch anatomist Blaes who also corrected some errors of the previous edition of 1643. Liceti, and esteemed professor of Philosophy and Medicine at the University of Padua and Bologna, was a prolific writer famous for his erudition and blind credulity. He was in correspondence with many of the leading scholars and scientists of the day, including Galileo with whom he had a long controversy.
Translation by Michael Zellmann-Rohrer
Facsimile pages are being prepared.