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Elsky, Martin & Rabin, Sheila (editors)

Published by Renaissance Society of America, NY (2008)

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About this Item: Renaissance Society of America, NY, 2008. Paperback. Condition: Near Fine. Andreas Vesalius Figure on Cover (illustrator). 1st. pp. 1069-1435 plus ads; clean, unmarked pages Size: 8 vo. Journal. Seller Inventory # 033771

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Vesalius, Andreas:

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About this Item: Wiesbaden, Marix, 2004. 1. Aufl.. Mit zahlr. Illustrationen, 177 S. Schutzumschlag minimal berieben, sonst neuwertiges Ex. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 0 Gr. 4°, OKart. mit Schutzumschlag. Seller Inventory # 167794

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Vesalius, Andreas

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ISBN 10: 3937715169 ISBN 13: 9783937715162

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About this Item: marix ., Wiesbaden. Gebunden. Condition: Sehr gut. 1. Auflage. Gebunden, minimale Gebrauchsspuren. Buch. Seller Inventory # 10622921

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De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric: Vesalius, Andreas (introduction

Vesalius, Andreas (introduction by Katherine Park)

Published by Basel (Oakland: Octavo) 1543; 1998 (1543)

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About this Item: Basel (Oakland: Octavo) 1543; 1998, 1543. No Binding. Condition: New. 1st Edition. New copy, direct from publisher's inventory. Digital facsimile (in electronic PDF format on 2 CD-ROM discs) of a copy of the first edition of one of the most important, influential, and beautiful books in the history of medicine. This Octavo Edition contains detailed digital images (may be magnified at up to 300% of original size) of every page of the original edition (photographed as if the actual book were open before the viewer) as well as a new introduction by Katherine Park. "The detail is amazingly clear. The digital reproduction by Octavo is excellent in all respects."--JAMA. Seller Inventory # 8VVEDH04

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Vesalius, Andreas

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About this Item: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Condition: New. This book provides the first annotated English translation from the original Latin of Andreas Vesalius' China Root Epistle. Num Pages: 290 pages, 37 b/w illus. BIC Classification: MBX; MFC. Category: (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 155 x 236 x 19. Weight in Grams: 582. . 2015. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9781107026353

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Andreas Vesalius

Published by Octavo (1998)

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About this Item: Octavo, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1891788108

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Dr Andreas Vesalius

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About this Item: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1107026350

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About this Item: 1940. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Original wrappers. Very Good. First Edition. Reprinted in Cushing's A Bio-Bibliography of Andreas Vesalius, pp. xv-xxiii. Seller Inventory # 12077

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VESALIUS, Andreas

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About this Item: New York: Henry Schuman, no date. 94 pp. Original cloth. Very Good. This copy does NOT have any library markings. First Edition. Seller Inventory # 11235

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Andreas; translated with an introduction by Lind, L. R.; anatomical notes by Alsing, C. W. Vesalius

Published by Macmillan Company (2001)

ISBN 10: 1199322237 ISBN 13: 9781199322234

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About this Item: Macmillan Company, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: Good. First Edition. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1199322237

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VESALIUS, Andreas 1514-1564] SINGER, Charles (1876-1960):

Published by London: Oxford University Press for The Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, 1952. (1952)

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About this Item: London: Oxford University Press for The Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, 1952., 1952. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First Edition. xxvi; 151 pp; 48 figs. Original cloth. Ink stamp on flyleaf, else Near Fine, without dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 17103

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Vesalius, Andreas; Charles Singer, editor and translator

Published by London, New York, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1952. (1952)

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About this Item: London, New York, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1952., 1952. First edition, first printing. Full green cloth with gilt lettering over boards. xxvi, 151 pages. 47 black-and-white illustrations. octavo. Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with some closed tears near spine ends; jacket now protected in a removable archival acid-free acetate. Oxford U. Press published this for the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum in London, which with the Wellcome Foundation provided the grants to the editor and to OUP for the costs of publishing. This is an important presentation of the content of one of the great Renaissance studies and visual presentations of the human brain. Seller Inventory # INV5237

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About this Item: Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksell, [1959]., 1959. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Frontispiece, 343, [1] pp; 5 plates. Original wrappers. Near Fine. First Edition. The book was published in two bindings: Original wrappers [as offered here], or in original cloth, with the original wrappers bound in. Garrison-Morton 372.1. A unique document on dissection in the first half of the sixteenth century. Of special interest because Vesalius performed the dissection, during which he sometimes contradicted the professor, Curtius, who was reading from Mondino's anatomical text and who insisted upon Galen's infallibility. It was at this time that Vesalius first recognized a systematic source of error in Galen's anatomy, namely Galen's reliance upon animals only for his dissections. Contains original Latin text, with English translation. Seller Inventory # 14940

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SINGER, Charles [Andreas Vesalius].

Published by Cambridge University Press for Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, Cambridge (1946)

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About this Item: Cambridge University Press for Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, Cambridge, 1946. First Edition. Hardcover. Large 4to. lxxxv + 58pp, (ii), 6 fold-out plates. Original navy cloth with gilt titling to spine, b&w in-text illustrations, 6 b&w linen backed fold-out plates at rear. General and Hebrew indexes. A detailed study of the "Tabulae" of Andreas Vesalius (1514 - 1564) the great Belgian anatomist. The "Tabulae anatomicae sex" of 1538, contained three sketches of the vascular system drawn by Vesalius himself, and three sketches of a skeleton by Jan Stefan Van Kalkar, (1499- c.1550) a sudent of the Titianís studio. The work set new standards in anatomical illustration, and is said to have been one of the foundation points of the author's "Fabrica" of 1543, in which Vesalius presented the first significant challenge to the Galenic viewpoint of anatomy. In addition to the numerous illustrations in text, this work produces fold out, linen-backed facsimiles of each of the original plates at the rear. Cloth lightly rubbed and faded, spine ends and corners lightly chafed, a few light creases to page edges, otherwise a solid, bright VG+ copy. Seller Inventory # 40377

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Andreas; translated with an introduction by Lind, L. R.; anatomical notes by Alsing, C. W. Vesalius

Published by Macmillan Company (1949)

ISBN 10: 1199322237 ISBN 13: 9781199322234

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About this Item: Macmillan Company, 1949. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1199322237

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Vesalius, Andreas

Published by Norman, San Francisco (1999)

ISBN 10: 0930405757 ISBN 13: 9780930405755

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About this Item: Norman, San Francisco, 1999. 1st edition. Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, first published in 1543 is, along with William Harvey's classic work from 1628 on the discovery of the circulation of the blood, one of the two most famous books in the history of medicine. A cornerstone of the scientific revolution, published the same year as Copernicus's monumental treatise on the heliocentric universe, De humani corporis fabrica inaugurated the modern study of anatomy, leading to the eventual overturn of the Galenic system that had dominated medical science for fourteen centuries. Illustrated with woodcuts by artists in the school of Titian that have for centuries remained standard icons of medical literature, Vesalius's work is also a classic of sixteenth-century graphic art. When it was originally published in the mid-sixteenth century its Latin text guaranteed its accessibility to an international medical and scientific audience, all of whom had been educated to read and write Latin. Of course, fewer and fewer physicians and scientists read Latin today, and even professional classicists have reported considerable difficulty in interpreting Vesalius's technical Renaissance medical Latin. Although many editions, revisions, adaptations, and facsimiles of this work appeared over the centuries, remarkably it was never before now translated, except for fragments, into a modern language other than Russian (Moscow, 1950-1954). The Richardson and Carman translation supplies a modern, accessible version of this monumental work for the first time. Dr. Richardson and Professor Carman bring a lifetime of experience to the task of translating and presenting Vesalius's painstaking account of the fabric of the human body, having devoted many years to scholarly study of the Latin language (Dr. Richardson) and detailed human anatomy (Professor Carman). Book II: The Ligaments and Muscles, the second of seven books into which Vesalius's encyclopedic work is divided, contains 39 illustrations, including the series of dissected musclemen that remain the most f amous anatomical illustrations of all time. As in Book I: The Bones and Cartilages (published in 1998), all of Vesalius's marginal notes have been translated and the historiated initial letters have been reproduced. Book II is made up of 62 chapters and the majority of the chapters end with detailed translator's notes explaining subtleties in the translation. There are also indexes to the muscles, with detailed muscle grids; to the text; to people ad places; to words from Greek and Latin; and to the translator's notes. Informative and interpretive prefaces by the translator and anatomist provide details about the translation process of the book and the anatomy described therein. The lasting influences of both Vesalius's many discoveries and the dramatic woodcuts on the history of anatomy and the visual arts cannot be overestimated. The biographer of Picasso, John Richardson, points out that Vesalius's illustration were the direct inspiration for Picasso's famous painting The Dryad (1908) and other works. "How Picasso chanced upon the work of this body snatching anatomist, who saw his plates benefiting painters and sculptors as well as physicians and surgeons, I do not know. The most likely source would have been Apollinaire, a bibliophile with a taste for antiquarian medical books." (A Life of Picasso: 1907-1917. The Painter of Modern Life [New York: Random House, 1996]). As Dr. Richardson states in his preface to Book II, "The reader cannot but admire Vesalius's attention to detail, his astounding memory, his powers of observation and description, and his capacity for sheer hard work." Book II: The Ligaments and Muscles is a truly superb account of the muscles of the human body. Seller Inventory # 35688

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Vesalius, Andreas

Published by Norman Publishing, San Francisco (2002)

ISBN 10: 0930405838 ISBN 13: 9780930405830

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About this Item: Norman Publishing, San Francisco, 2002. Condition: New. First edition in English.. Vol. III: Book III: The Veins and Arteries; Book IV: The Nerves . Translated by William Frank Richardson, M.A., Ph.D., in collaboration with John Burd Carman, B. Med. Sc., M.B.Ch.B., D. Phil. Vol. III: Book III: The Veins and Arteries; Book IV: The Nerves, contains a total of thirty-two chapters. Each book has a large, 18 x 12-inch, fold-out diagram detailing the veins and arteries and the nerves. xxxi, 286pp. 34 text illus., 2 large folding plates. 9" x 12". Cloth, dust jacket, 80-pound Mohawk Superfine Softwhite Eggshell acid-free paper. ISBN 0-930405-83-8. January 2003. Norman Anatomy Series, No. 3. Norman Landmarks Series, No. 4. Seller Inventory # 37975

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Vesalius, Andreas

Published by Norman Publishing, San Francisco (1998)

ISBN 10: 0930405730 ISBN 13: 9780930405731

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About this Item: Norman Publishing, San Francisco, 1998. 1st edition. Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, first published in 1543 is, along with William Harvey's classic work from 1628 on the discovery of the circulation of the blood, one of the two most famous books in the history of medicine. A cornerstone of the scientific revolution, published the same year as Copernicus's monumental treatise on the heliocentric universe, De humani corporis fabrica inaugurated the modern study of anatomy, leading to the eventual overturn of the Galenic system that had dominated medical science for fourteen centuries. Illustrated with woodcuts by artists in the school of Titian that have for centuries remained standard icons of medical literature, Vesalius's work is also a classic of sixteenth-century graphic art. When it was originally published in the mid-sixteenth century its Latin text guaranteed its accessibility to an international medical and scientific audience, all of whom had been educated to read and write Latin. Of course, fewer and fewer physicians and scientists read Latin today, and even professional classicists have reported considerable difficulty in interpreting Vesalius's technical Renaissance medical Latin. Although many editions, revisions, adaptations, and facsimiles of this work appeared over the centuries, remarkably it was never before now translated, except for fragments, into a modern language other than Russian (Moscow, 1950-1954). The Richardson and Carman translation supplies a modern, accessible version of this monumental work for the first time. Dr. Richardson and Professor Carman bring a lifetime of experience to the task of translating and presenting Vesalius's painstaking account of the fabric of the human body, having devoted many years to scholarly study of the Latin language (Dr. Richardson) and detailed human anatomy (Professor Carman). Book I: The Bones and Cartilages, the first of the seven books in which Vesalius' encyclopedic work is divided, comprises approximately one-quarter, or 100,000 words, of the roughly 400,000 words that make up the entire Fabrica. The seventy-three illustrations in Book I and the historiated initial letters have been reproduced from the facsimile of the 1543 edition. The whole of Vesalius's text of Book I has been translated, including his marginal notes. The work begins with Vesalius's own Preface, the Publisher's Note to the Reader, and Vesalius's Letter to Johannes Oporinus, the printer and publisher of the original edition. At the end of each of the forty chapters in Book I there are detailed translator's notes explaining subtleties in the translation. There are also indexes to the text, to people and places, to words from languages other than English, and to the translator's notes. Informative and interpretive prefaces by the translators provide details about the history, anatomy, and translation process of the work. Book I: The Bones and Cartilages, which stands on its own as a major contribution to the history of medicine and of world culture, is the first installment of a forthcoming complete translation of Vesalius's Fabrica. Vesalius began his encyclopedia of anatomy with osteology because he rightly considered bones to be the foundation and framework supporting the human body. Book I: The Bones and Cartilages is unquestionably the first modern encyclopedic study of osteology. Series: Norman Anatomy Series, No. 1; Norman Orthopedics Series, No. 4; Norman Landmarks Series, No. 1. Seller Inventory # 32874

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Vesalius, Andreas; Vesalii, Andreae

Published by In collectaneis Medicae Historia / Medicinae Historia, Brussels (1970)

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About this Item: In collectaneis Medicae Historia / Medicinae Historia, Brussels, 1970. Full Leather. Condition: Fine. B/w Illustrations (illustrator). Facsimile Edition. Huge folio, beautifull bound in full brown calf, with decorative inlays on spine and covers in green and black leather, gilt tooling. Housed in tan cloth slipcase. A fine copy. Facsimile of the 1543 edition printed by Joannis Oporini in Basel. Description:[x]-659-[34] pages -[1] f. de pl. : illustrations ; 42 cm Size: Oversized Folio. Collectible. Seller Inventory # 00534509

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Zergliederung dess Menschlichen Cörpers auf Mahlerey und: VESALIUS, Andreas /

About this Item: Andreas Maschenbaur, Augsburg, 1706. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. VESALIUS, Andreas. Zergliederung dess Menschlichen Cörpers auf Mahlerey und Bildhauer-Kunst gericht. Die Figuren von Titian gezeichnet. Augsburg: Andreas Maschenbaur, 1706. 16 unnumbered leaves including title and 18 woodcuts in text, of which 13 are full page. [Bound with] II. CESIO, Carlo. Eine herrliche Anweisung und wolgegründete Fürstellung von der Anatomie dess gantzen menschlichen Cörpers. . . Denen. . . Mahlern, Kunst-Zeichnern, Bildhauern, Kupfferstechern, Silber-Arbeitern. . . Augsburg: Joseph Friderich Leopold, 1708. 3 unnumbered leaves, including title and preface, and 16 copper-engraved anatomical plates with text printed on them, the first signed Elias Baeck alias Heldenmuth, two others signed J. Fr. Leopold. Large folio (441 x 295 mm). Bound in near contemporary vellum-backed marbled wrappers (edges little frayed and torn at fore-edge, corners scuffed, soiling and spotting). Internally only very little browned, marginal dust-soiling, oversized woodcuts on leaves D1r and F1v in first work shaved just a few mm at foot, last leaf G1 of first work laid down on marbled paper, lower margin of final 14 leaves of second work little waterstained, otherwise quite clean and fresh. Provenance: Scheler v. Lorenz M. Rheude with his color-lithographed armorial bookplate to front pastedown (see Schutt-Lehn 38.202). ---- I. Cushing, VI A-12; NLM/Blake, p.473; Waller 9905; Osler 572; Choulant, p.184-5; Roth 309. - EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION. The Augsburg printer and publisher, Andreas Maschenbaur, acquired the original woodcut blocks of Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica, to use 19 of them in his editions of 1706 and 1723. After publication of the second edition of the Fabrica in 1555, the whereabouts of these woodcut blocks remained unknown until Maschenbauer used them in the present work. The book was intended for painters. "On the title-page we find the five skulls from the principal book, at the end five other illustrations pertaining to the skulls, beside these, three skeletons, and four muscle-manikins from the same book, also four other muscle-manikins, and the two nude figures from the Epitome." (Choulant). II. Choulant, p.257; NLM/Blake, p.83. - EXTREMELY RARE FIRST GERMAN EDITION, first published in Rome 1697 under the title 'Anatomia dei pittori. Cognizione dei muscoli del corpo umano per il disegno'. Cesio's anatomy for painters was published after his death (1686) by the Dutch painter-engraver Arnold van Westerhout who worked in Florence for Grandduke Ferdinand of Tuscany and came to Rome about 1700 where he also died. Cesio was a pupil of Pietro Berrettini da Cartona and lived mainly in Rome. His large designs are of great beauty and in their flowing manner reminiscent of Annibale Caracci after whom he engraved some pieces. The present 16 anatomic plates include 2 skeletons and 14 myologic plates, among them 5 complete muscle-manikins.- Visit our website for more information and additional images. Seller Inventory # 002712

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Opera Omnia Anatomica & Chirurgica.: VESALIUS, Andreas

VESALIUS, Andreas

Published by apud Joannem Du Vivie and Joan & Herm Verbeek, Leyden (1725)

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About this Item: apud Joannem Du Vivie and Joan & Herm Verbeek, Leyden, 1725. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Large folio (462 x 287 mm). 2 parts bound in 2 volumes. Vol. I: [42], [1] 2-572 pp., with half-title, additional engraved title, letterpress titles printed in red & black, engraved title vignettes and woodcut initials, fine portrait of Vesalius, 67 plates numbered 1-67 (plate 43 within text) and several engraved text illustrations by Jan Wandelaar. Vol. II: [8], 577-684 [2], 685-1156, [52] pp., 15 engraved plates numbered 68-76, 76a-76c, 77-79, by Wandelaar, additional plate 76a a doublicate. Contemporary full vellum, all boards with central blind-stamped arabesque, ink-lettered spines with 7 raised bands (soiling to boards, bumping of corners, vellum of first vol. repaired at spine and joints), upper front boards inscribed in ink. Light browning and occasional minor spotting to text leaves throughout (stronger browning to pp. 1005-20), plates less browned and virually unspotted, light dampstains to upper- and inner margin of plate 67, small chipped tear at fore-margin of plate 74, marginal light dampstaining and short closed tear to lower margin of plate 77, foxing to pages 935-38. An outstanding copy in contemporary binding, complete with the 82 plates as called for. ---- Norman 2143; Choulant-Frank, p.183; Cushing VI.-D.8; Waller 9917; Heirs of Hippocrates 287; Lindeboom 554. Hermann Boerhaave and Bernard Siegfried Albinus edited this work including an excellent biography of Vesalius and his work in the first volume. According to Heirs of Hippocrates, "this is the first collected edition of Vesalius' works. Although it is not complete, no expense was spared in producing the two-volume set, which contains superbly engraved copper plates by Jan Wandelaar. The editors, famous physicians in their own right, have done a magnificent job in clearly showing the astonishing achievements of Vesalius." "In this edition, the woodcuts of the principal work and of the 'Epitome' are very beautifully copied and engraved on copper in the original size . The remaining wood engravings are copied entirely, with all the additions, from the edition of 1555" (Choulant). Boerhaave, an extremely influential teacher of medicine in 18th-century Leiden, was also interested in the synthesis of older and newer theories of medicine. In an effort to reconcile recent medical discoveries with those of previous centuries, he prepared new editions of a number of classic medical texts. Among these were the works of Vesalius, on which he worked in collaboration with his younger colleague, the anatomist Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. This collected edition includes, in Volume I, De humani corporis fabrica, and in Volume II, the Epitome, the China-root Letter, Vesalius' response to the Anatomical Observations of Gabriele Falloppio, and the Chirurgia magna attributed to the great anatomist. The care with which Vesalius' illustrations were reproduced indicates that they were regarded as still having scientific value almost two centuries after their first publication. Since the survival of the woodblocks was unknown to Boerhaave, the present edition is illustrated with engraved plates copied from the printed woodcuts by Jan Wandelaar, who was also responsible for the illustrations of Albinus' own anatomical atlases (Norman). This is a large-paper copy based on the fact that untrimmed copies of size 430 x 275 mm exist. Because of the large size of our copy, all plates are unfolded. Visit our website for additional images and information. Seller Inventory # 002645

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De humani corporis fabrica libri septem: VESALIUS, Andreas

VESALIUS, Andreas

Published by Venice Franciscus Francisci and Johann Criegher (1568)

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About this Item: Venice Franciscus Francisci and Johann Criegher, 1568. Fourth Edition and Third Folio Edition VESALIUS, Andreas. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. Venice: Franciscus Francisci and Johann Criegher, 1568. Fourth edition, third folio edition. Folio (12 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches; 325 x 220 mm). [12], 510, [45, table], [3, blank]. With twenty full-page engraved woodcut illustrations which are reduced from those of the blocks cut for the first edition (Basel 1543). "The copying was done from the Oporin edition of 1555 and includes eight additions made in 1555. The Basel woodcuts are attributed to Jan Stephan van Calcar, a pupil of Titian. Franceschi states in his dedication to Antonio Montecatini that Giovanni Chrieger cut these Venice copies" (Mortimer). And with numerous other woodcuts in the text. Leaf Dd5 recto (page 321) contains figures to be cut out and superimposed on to leaf Dd3 verso (page 318). In this copy the figures remain intact and not cut out. Full contemporary vellum, rebacked. Two corners renewed. Vellum is a bit soiled and rubbed. Some minor worming to pastedowns. Previous owner's book plate (Norwich) on front pastedown. Early signatures on title-page of Horation de Noccis of Castello Horca, and Dr. Bartolomeo Marzo. Early ink signature of Dr. John H. Brinton (gift inscription from Brinton Coxe dated July 9/1891), and stamp of John Brinton on title-page. Ward Brinton (dated 1908) on front free endpaper. Stamp of Oswald Weigel on front pastedown. Overall a very good copy. Chemised and housed ina quarter calf slipcase. "Fine American medical provenance: John Hill Brinton (1832-1907) was a prominent American surgeon from Philadelphia and friend of painter Thomas Eakins. He succeeded Dr. Samuel D. Gross (who was featured in Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic), in the chair of surgery at Jefferson College, and also served as the chairman of the Mütter Museum Committee of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He also founded the Philadelphia Pathological Society, and served as the first curator of the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C." (Christie's NY 12/7/12) "Throughout this encyclopedic work on the structure and workings of the human body, Vesalius provided a fuller and more detailed description of human anatomy than any of his predecessors, correcting errors in the traditional anatomical teachings of Galen (which had been obtained from primate rather than human dissections), and arguing that knowledge of human anatomy was to be obtained only from human sources. Even more revolutionary than his criticism of Galen and other medieval authorities was Vesaliusís assertion that the dissection of cadavers must be performed by the physician himself.This Ďhands-oní principle remained Vesaliusís most lasting contribution to the teaching of anatomy" (Norman Library). "Galen was not merely improved upon: he was superseded; and the history of anatomy is divided into two periods, pre-Vesalian and post-Vesalian" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Adams V606. Choulant/Frank, pp.182. Cushing, Vesalius, VI.A.-4. Osler 569. NLM/Durling 4580. Printing and the Mind of Man 71 (first edition). Waller 9902. HBS 66126. $18,500. Seller Inventory # 66126

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About this Item: Forty engraved anatomical plates (one folding). Title & text ruled in red throughout. 4 p.l., 106 pp., one leaf with printer's woodcut device on verso (otherwise blank). Folio, early 18th-cent. vellum over boards (two very neat restorations in margins of the title & faint traces of two inscriptions erased, folding "Adam & Eve" plate backed & with two tears neatly repaired without loss, a few small marks and slight browning of the paper), leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: A. Wechel, 1569. First edition in French of Vesalius's Fabrica, illustrated with the first anatomical copper engravings. This is a fine copy of this beautiful edition and is particularly rare when complete with the final leaf (lacking in the NLM, Cushing, and Waller copies). The translation was made by Jacques Grevin (?1538-70), a poet and one of the most distinguished medical humanists of France. He has added a chapter of his own, "Brefe Declaration des Parties du Corps Humain." In 1560, because of religious reasons, he was forced to leave France for England where he was befriended by Queen Elizabeth. Here he probably met Thomas Geminus, who had published a plagiarized edition of Vesalius in 1545 illustrated with his own copper engravings, the first time that the medium had been used in an anatomical book (this is a famously rare book). It was probably Grevin who enabled the Parisian printer Christian Wechel to acquire Geminus's copperplates, as Wechel published an edition of Geminus's Compendiosa in 1564, using Geminus's original engravings. Five years later Grevin published the present translation of the Vesalian text, illustrated with the same engravings. Vesalius complained about Geminus's plagiarism and regarded his engravings as inept, but "in fact Gemini's copies, though omitting the background to Vesalius's figures, are very competent technically. Perhaps the best tribute to this competence is the speed with which his copperplates were in turn themselves plagiarized by continental publishers."-ODNB. Not only were these plates made from the best anatomical illustrations that had ever been published, but Grevin gave prominence to the new technique in the title to this book; it was published not merely with illustrations, but because of them. A really nice copy. ? Cushing VI.C.-7-(omitting the last leaf from his collation). Roberts & Tomlinson, The Fabric of the Body. European Traditions of Anatomical Illustration, p. 140-Geminus's engravings are "remarkably fine copies of those of Vesalius. The background landscapes have been simplified into a few rocks and tufts of grass, and a few figures have been reversed; but these anatomical figures have been engraved with accuracy and clarity, the lettering particularly standing out well in this finer medium.". Seller Inventory # 3035

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De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.: Vesalius, Andreas.

Vesalius, Andreas.

Published by Basel, (Johannes Oporinus, June 1543). (1543)

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About this Item: Basel, (Johannes Oporinus, June 1543)., 1543. Folio. 355 leaves and two folding sheets. Roman and italic types, occasional use of Greek and Hebrew types, printed shoulder notes. Woodcut pictorial title, author portrait, and printerís device; 7 large, 186 mid-sized, and 22 small woodcut initials; more than 200 woodcut illustrations, including 3 full-page skeletons, 14 full-page muscle men, 5 large diagrams of veins and nerves, 10 mid-sized views of the abdomen, 2 mid-sized views of the thorax, 13 mid-sized views of the skull and brain, and numerous smaller views of bones, organs and anatomical parts. All woodcuts and initials up to page 165 in full contemporary hand colour. Contemporary blindstamped leather over wooden boards with bevelled edges, on five raised double bands, with two clasps. A truly outstanding copy of one of the greatest and most appealing books in the history of science. Preserved in its original binding with the blindstamped initials of its first owner, the German physician Caspar Neefe (1514-79), and with his handwritten annotations throughout, the present copy is partly coloured by a contemporary artist (including the iconic woodcut used as title page and all anatomical illustrations up to page 165). Caspar Neefe, who later served as personal physician to Duke Albert I of Saxony, acquired the precious volume only a year after its publication and obviously consulted it extensively throughout his career as a medical practioner. - With the publication of "De humani corporis fabrica" (when he was only twenty-eight) Vesalius revolutionized both the science of anatomy and how it was taught. In his preface he describes his disappointing experiences as a student in Paris and Louvain, stating his intention to reform the teaching of anatomy by giving in this book a complete description of the structure of the human body, thereby drawing attention "to the falsity of Galenís pronouncements". Vesalius also broke with tradition by performing dissections himself instead of leaving this task to assistants: the striking and dramatic title illustration shows him conducting such a dissection, his hand plunged into a female cadaver (striking in itself, as only the cadavers of executed criminals could be dissected legally and female criminals were rarely executed), surrounded by a seething mass of students. - The "Fabrica" is also revolutionary for "its unprecedented blending of scientific exposition, art and typography" (Norman). The woodcuts by artists of the school of Titian are both iconographically and artistically important. The series of fourteen muscle men show landscapes that, when assembled in reverse order, form a panorama of the Euganean Hills near Padua, a scenery well known to Vesalius while he was at work on the Fabrica. - Of the few copies of the first edition to have come to the market in recent decades, only two were in a contemporary binding. Apart from Vesalius's dedication copy to Emperor Charles V (Christie's New York, 18 March 1998, lot 213: $1,652,500), only a single other partly coloured copy was previously known, a list to which ours must now be added as the third known copy in contemporary colour. - Erased circular library stamp in the blank margin of the title page, so far unidentified (relevant correspondence with Daniel Margócsy, University of Cambridge, in charge of the Vesalius census, is available upon request). Occasional waterstaining to margins, the splendid binding a little rubbed and bumped, but altogether a splendidly crisp, wide-margined copy of the first edition. Definitely the most desirable copy of a milestone in the history of science still in private hands, and likely the most important medical book obtainable for decades to come. PMM 71. VD 16, V 910. Durling 4577. Cushing VI.A.1. Eimas 281. Norman 2137. Wellcome 6560. Graesse VI.2, 289. Seller Inventory # 47733

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