INSTRUCTION FAMILIERE ET UTILE AUX SAGES-FEMMES,; pour bien pratiquer les Accounchemens, Faite par Demandes & Reponses par ... Nouvelle edition, accompagnee des Secrets choisis & aprouvs pour diverse Maladies, par Madame Boursier (1563-1636), Sage-femme de la Reine Marie de Medicis.

Paris: Laurent D'Houry, 1710. Second edition (first with Boursier's Secrets ...). Two parts in one volume. 12mo, pp. [xi], [vi], 127 with two of three folding plates; [second title], [iv], 176, [4]. Some light foxing. Bound in rubbed and worn contemporary calf (hinges weak and extremities well worn). Later ownership signature on the blank. Leaves toned but not foxed, lacking plate # 3. Blake p. 253; Waller 5521a; Wellcome III, p. 435; NLM p. 253. Item #59793

This work, written in question and answer format contains a wealth of first hand experience, La Marche being a well respected female practicing obstetrician as well as one of the foremost teachers of the time. The extensive third section, by Madame Boursier deals with a wide range of problems that can accompany pregnancy and the health of women. It was first issued in 1634 and continued to appeal to women 60 years after it was issued.

Price: $250.00