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Annotated copy of De Humani Corporis Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius found

Yesterday at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England an announcement was made that a copy of the 1555 edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius as been found containing hundreds of Vesalius’ manuscript notes and corrections. This is staggering news for both book collectors and scholars studying the history of science; discovering what amounts to a third edition of this landmark title is no small find.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica (The Fabric of the Human Body) was first published by Flemish anatomist Andreas Vesalius in 1543. Vesalius is considered to be the father of the science we call modern human anatomy and this this book, his opus, is among the most influential books on the subject in history.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius

The book is now on deposit at the Fisher Rare Book Library of the University of Toronto. A full description of the discovery and research done by Canadian pathologist Gerard Vogrincic and Professor Nutton will appear in the journal, Medical History, in October.

Via Fine Books

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