antique medical books

Secretis Mulierum…
Albertus Magnus
Amsterdam [1655]

De secretis mulierum, popular throughout the late middle ages and into modern times. The Secrets deals with human reproduction and was written to instruct celibate medieval monks on the facts of life and some of the ways of the universe.



This antique book contains extensive medical and medicinal information adapted for “home and family use”, with interesting illustrations throughout. Two pages have layered illustrations, one of the head, the other of the internal organs.

Side Note: The music group, Pearl Jam, used this book’s title “Vitalogy” for one of their album titles.  The album title also appears with the same calligraphy used on the books cover.