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Historia Musculorum Hominis.

ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770).

Published by Apud Theodorum Haak & Henricum Mulhovium, 1734., Leidae Batavorum:, 1734
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[Head of title:] Bernardi Siegfried Albini, Anatomes & Chirurgiae in Academia Batava, Quae Leidae est Professoris. 4to. 696 pp. Printer's device on title, initials, head and tailpieces, 4 copperplate engraved plates by Jan Wandelaar are numbered as pages (pp. 631, 635, 639, 643) as part of the collation, each plate shows an outline drawing of a life-size hand with detailed labels (letters/numbers) for the anatomical parts, each of the four plates respectively represent the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones of the hand; Missing the 4 fine engraved plates of the hand, occasional light foxing, browning esp. at deckled edges. Later quarter gilt-stamped maroon cloth over original marbled boards; board edges frayed, hinges reinforced with white tape, library envelope mounted on rear pastedown, book description mounted on front pastedown. Bookplates of George Sumner Huntington and Columbia University. Very good. First edition. "The aspect of suffering and pain is totally absent from Albinus's Historia musculorum hominis, published in 1 734, almost 50 years after Bidloo first published his anatomical atlas. Together with his work on the human bones, Albinus's atlas has been seen as one of 'the most influential atlases of the idealized sort' The 'repulsive' image of anatomical reality, which was so striking in Bidloo's atlas, is completely absent in Albinus's work. His skeletons and musclemen are clean and attractive representations of perfectly proportioned bodies. ⦠I argue that even though the skeletons and muscle manikins do not carry traditional vanitas motives, they still have a moral message, which is closely connected to Albinus's particular notion of perfection." p. 136. â" Ole Peter Grell, Dr. Andrew Cunningham, Medicine and Religion in Enlightenment Europe, (2007), page 136. "The descriptions are most faithful and the plates wonderfully accurate. Haller declared this work to be 'the best ever executed in anatomy' (Pettigrew, 1840, p. 1)." The plates (as issued) are not signed, but Wandelaar is named in the prefatory section just prior to the plates. "Albinus, a native of Frankfurt, was no doubt the finest descriptive anatomist of his day, and his works were especially endowed by the artistic copper engravings by the renowned Jan Wandelaar ⦠pupil of â¦. and Boerhaave â¦. In this present work on the muscles of the human body, the happy conjunction of Albinus and Wandelaar is seen in the lengthy detailed text of the anatomist and theâ¦engravings of the artist." â"Heirs of Hippocrates 829. Provenance: George Sumner Huntington (1861-1927) was a medical doctor and scholar of comparative anatomy. He graduated from Columbia College in 1884 and was professor of anatomy at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for over 35 years. REFERENCES: Boyes, On the Shoulders of Giants, pp. 10-11; Choulant-Frank, History and Bibliography of Anatomic Illustration, (1920), p. 280; Cushing A106; Ole Peter Grell, 'Dr. Andrew Cunningham, Medicine and Religion in Enlightenment Europe, (2007), page 136; Heirs of Hippocrates 829; Norman 28; Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph, 1840, Medical portrait gallery: biographical memoirs of the most celebrated physicians, surgeons, etc., p. 1; Roberts & Tomlinson, Fabric of the Body, p. 328; Welcome vol. II, p. 26. See: Garrison and Morton 399. Not in Osler. Bookseller Inventory # M12978

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Title: Historia Musculorum Hominis.

Publisher: Apud Theodorum Haak & Henricum Mulhovium, 1734., Leidae Batavorum:

Publication Date: 1734

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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