Bartholin, Thomas (1616-1680) and Ole Worm (1588-1655)
DE ARMILLIS VETERUM, praesertim Danorum, Schedion. Accessit Cl. V. Olai Wormii, De aureo Cornu ad F. Licetum Responsio.
Hafniae (Copenhagen Denmark)
Printed Melch. Martzan for Georg. Holst
Wood engravings (6 incl. full page and one with folding flap).
Small octavo later roan spined boards (spine with slight damage but stamped title letters all visible) Titlepage + prelims +pp (list of author's other books - mostly medical) +128pp. Ownership Justus Bertram dated 1648 on titlepage, with small neat notes in same hand also on 2 other pages, paper browning throughout else a neat clean copy. *This work is a study of Nordic bracelets and jewelry, with the addition of remarks on the decorations of a golden horn by his brother-in-law Ole Worm (1588-1655). Coming from a talented line of medical men, Bartholin is credited with the first description of the thoracic duct, discovering that the lymphatic is a completely separate system, and revision of Galen's misconception of the liver's function, as well as being a foremost supporter of Harvey's blood circulation theory. Many considered him the greatest anatomist of his time but he also taught mathematics and held the chair of philosophy at Copenhagen. His work on historical antiquities must have been done between a busy lecture schedule, anatomical dissections and editing his father's Anatomy book. His interest in antiquities probably began while living with his brother-in-law after his father's death. Ole Worm was a professor of medicine and founder of the study of Nordic antiquity. He contributed the last chapter here about decorations on the golden drinking horn. This is the first non-scientific publication by Bartholin and very scarce in this original, Copenhagen edition. The only reprint (1676) was overseen, after Bartholin's retirement and increasing illness, by his son.
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