The byrth of mankynde, otherwyse named the womans booke : Newly set furth, corrected and augmented. Whose co[n]tentes ye maye rede in the table of the booke, and most playnly in the prologue / By Thomas Raynold phisition.

  • Rösslin, Eucharius, -1526.
Anno.M.D.XLV. [1545]
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Swangern Frawen und hebammen Rosegarten. English


Imprynted at London : By Tho. Ray[nalde], Anno.M.D.XLV. [1545]

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22 unnumbered pages, 46 pages, 14 unnumbered pages, 47-100 pages, 4 unnumbered pages, 109-144 pages, 2 unnumbered pages, 145-148 leaves, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (engr.) ; 19 cm (8vo)

References note

STC (2nd ed.), 21154
NLM (16th cent.), 907
Norman, 1844
Power, D'Arcy. "The birth of mankind" ... a bibliographical study. p. 4-5, 10
Ballantyne, J.W. The "Byrth of mankynde"
ESTC S116045
Luborsky & Ingram. Engl. illustrated books, 1536-1603, 21154


Place of publication from colophon; printer’s name from colophon
Between quires I and K are interpolated 2H⁸ 3H⁶ with foliation 0, 40, el4, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46, 0, 0, el4, 44, 46, 46. Book 2 begins on K1r. The two leaves following 144 are foliated 44 and 4.
Based on a translation by Richard Jonas of a Latin edition of: Roeslin, Eucharius. Der swangern Frawen und hebammen Rosegarten.
Ills. include 11 anatomical figures taken from T. Geminus' 'Anatomie' (1545)--cf. Hind, Engraving in England, p. 44, 53-55.
Signatures: A⁴ B-I⁸ Hh⁸ Hhh⁶ K-Q⁸ R⁴ S-X⁸ Y¹°
Copy 1 Supplier/Donor: Christie's (N.Y.) Note: Imperfect: final 3 leaves wanting. 11 anatomical ills. (one folded) cut out separately and mounted on 4 inserted leaves, the engravings numbered I-XI in later(?) MS. No. 1 is a reversal of the equivalent in Geminus' 'Anatomie'. Binding: Contemp. English blind-stamped calf, sides panelled with blind fillets and roll-tool. Later endpapers. From the library of Haskell F. Norman (1915-96), with his book label. Lot 180 in the Christie's (N.Y.) sale of his collection, pt. 1, 18 March 1998


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