Books > Medecine > VESALIUS A., De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.
The most celebrated work on medecine and "one of the most beautiful scientific books ever published".
VESALIUS A., De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. Basel, J. Oporinus, 1555.
Large folio (43 x 28.5 cm), 18th century full calf with title in gilt on spine. 18th cent. endpapers, a few small wormholes, light waterstain in upper margin. 9 large woodcut initials, 183 mid-sized woodcut initials, 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. Nice copy.
Second folio edition. The illustrations are of great artistic merit and are generally attributed by modern scholars to the "studio of Titian" rather than Jan Stephan Kalkar, who provided drawings for Vesalius' earlier tracts. “The illustrations in Vesalius’s book were so accurate and clear that anatomists copies them for the next three hundred years. He set a standard for medical textbooks that has never been surpassed” (Lilly). “Containing Vesalius’s final revisions of text, this edition is also superior for its enlarged format, improved typography and printing, better paper, larger woodcut initials, and changes to the lettering of the anatomical woodcuts” (Garrison-Morton).
Item number: 24225
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