FIENUS, Johannes. De Flatibus humanum corpus molestantibus, Commentarius novus ac singularis. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Joannem Janssonium, 1643.
12mo., contemporary Netherlandish mottled calf, double ruled in gilt to both boards, spine lettered and tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, speckled edges; with woodcut title vignette; pp. [xiv], 240, [iv]; with uniform browning as expected, boards a little rubbed with small damp spot to lower board and head of spine slightly cracked at lower joint; internally rather clean. Provenance: with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst and ms. casemark 'Capsula quadragesima quinta n.1299' to front paste-down, 17th ms. 'n.4077 de mon catalogue' to front free endpaper.
A pocket edition of this fascinating treatise on the subject of flatulence, originally printed in Antwerp in 1582. The small format suggests that it was intended for practical use by physicians or students.
Little is known about Jean Feyens (d.1585) aside from this, a medical work which ran to many editions and translations since its initial publication at the end of the 16th century. His sole claim to fame, it covers great scope as a manual on the 'nature, causes and symptoms' of 'spirits and wind offending man's body', and includes sections on the analogies between bodily and natural winds, the medical conditions which generate flatulence, recipes for medicaments against it, and conditions caused by it (including toothache, palpitations, heptic obstructions and even melancholia). It was translated into English in 1668, and later editions were still being produced well into the 18th century.
Scarce. OCLC locates only 5 copies in the US (including NLM).