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G. G. Stein, Arte Ostetricia (Venezia, 1816) – rare antiquarian medical text with 18 engravings

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Stein, G. G..   Arte Ostetricia. Tradotta dal tedesco coll’ aggiunta di alcune osservazioni preliminari da G. B. Monteggia.  Venezia: Andrea Santini e Figlio, 1816. 3rd Edition. 391 pp. 8.0″ tall. Hardcover. G/ NONE.

4170100_5Book is in the Italian language, translated from the original German. Sound binding. Hinges starting. Pages clean, tanned. Cloth over boards is heavily worn with bumped corners, wear at spine ends, soiling and scuffing, with leather labels on spine for title and volumes abraded.  Eighteen finely engraved fold-out plates, one of which has a closed tear near binding.  All plates are creased but high rag content of paper will allow for pressing smooth if desired.  Both Parte I and Parte II are included in this single volume. Very detailed obstetrics text describing normal course of pregnancy, means of delivery (including birthing chairs), and difficult deliveries (illustrations show the use of forceps, and other medical devices are also illustrated).    $425.00.    #4170100   

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Arte Obstetricia




Mind Traveling with Italian Post Cards

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

We plan to offer our growing inventory of vintage and antique postcards from Italy, the United States, and other places here in our bookstore website, as we can add them.
Our post card inventory includes many Italian postcards (cartoline italiane) as well as scenes from the United States and other countries. Postcard of the gorgeous Italian resort coast

For Italian postcards, we especially like the period from about 1900 to the 1960s.

Historically, it was a very dynamic period. Parts of northern Italy changed hands from Austria to Italy during World War I, and this is reflected in the postcards from the period 1900-1920. In 1922, Mussolini rose to power, place names in postcard photographs changed (there are Piazze B. Mussolini, for example, in the 1920s and 1930s that are renamed after WWII), and even cancellation marks changed (the year 1925, for example, was noted as the year 25 III, the third year of the Mussolini era).

Our favorite Italian postcards are the real photograph cards (vera fotografia), which are incredibly sharp in their detail.

Here are two examples.

Above is a color-tinted real photograph postcard by Ediz. Griffini Maria, a scene of Laigueglia on the Italian Riviera. Below is a postcard (cartolina) from another of our favorite studios, Foto Ghedina (Cortina, Italy).

As we are able to do so, we will add our postcards to our Cat’s Cradle Books website for your shopping convenience.