Greece: first edition of Hippocrates works to be auctioned

A very rare and snakeskin-bound book of collected works

12 November, 14:21

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, NOVEMBER 12 - Greece's leading auction house Petros Vergos has announced that it will put a first collected edition of Hippocrates' works on auction on the 20th of November, as daily To Vima online reports. The collected edition was first published in 1529 by the Aldus press and is considered to be amongst the most beautiful editions released by the Venetian press house.

    This particular copy of Hippocrates' works has been bound in snake skin by the early 20th century French book binder Emil Karajan, who wanted to decorate the book with the serpent of Asclepius, the symbol of medical science.

    Amongst other items in the auction are various rare books, documents, pictures and etchings, including items belonging to Nikolaos Gyzis from 1876-1900 and a large portrait of Hungarian dancer Nikolska at the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis.


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