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Anatomen corporis humanis tabulae quatuor - VASSE (Louis) - 1541. 
Paris, Michel Fezandat, 1541. In-folio, (4) and 40 pages ; contemporary vellum (spine with decorative leather circa 1700 for decoration or to unify the style of a library athe beginninf of 18th century) The very first pre-Harveyan anatomical description of heart and pre-blood circulation. First edition, second issue at the date of 1541 and with the address of Fezandat. In this work published in 1540/1541, Vassé "mentionned the venous valves and furnished a clear description fo their functional implications" (see Caggiati A, Bertocchi P. Regarding "fact and fiction surrounding the discovery of the venous valves" in Journal of Vascular Surgery 33(6):1317). Four years later, Estienne in 1545 takes up the description in his classic anatomy. In 1551, as was underlined recently by our colleague Christian Westergaard, Amatus Lusinatus provides the first experimental description of the valves and the possibility of a circulation in the heart and human body. After that, Servet and Colombo played also an important role and finally Celsapino gave in the late 16th the first full theory of blood circulation before Harvey in 1628. "Besides the Vesalius interest [of this work], I wish to point out the interesting passage of the Blood... coming very near to Harvey's discovery. Dr. Bayon, in his excellent papers on Harvey discusses Vassé as precursor." (Dr Weil, catalogue 30). Futhermore, in the classic French history of anatomy by Portal, the great historian of medicine and anatomy confirms the pioneer role played by Vassé in the constitution of medical knowledges about the circulation of blood in the heart before Harvey. See Portal, Histoire de l'anatomie, Tome 1, Paris, Didot, 1770, pages 368-374, especially pages 372-274. In addition at this key role, the Vassé compendium "treated argument of thrombosis. His contibution consisted in identifying the process of fascular 'dessication" described by Hippocrates with the phenomena of "coagulation" (ie, loss of the liquid state of the bood)" (see Caggiati A, Bertocchi P. Regarding "fact and fiction surrounding the discovery of the venous valves" in Journal of Vascular Surgery 33(6):1317, and LEIBOWITZ, The history of coronary heart disease, 1970, page 30). Finally and more generally, the Vassé's "Tabulae" are the first scientific medical compendium based on the complete works of Galenus and, especially, the first medical works never written and published only in the form of tables. Is bound before TRALLIANI (Alexandre), De singularum corporis partium, ab hominis coronide ad imum usque calcaneum, vitiis, aegritudinibus, et injuriis : libri ad unguem facti V, Bâle, Henri Petrus, in-folio, (36), 342 and (6) pages. Contemporary ex-libris at the date of 1545, maybe Guy Simon who was a French surgeon from Lyon, active around 1550. Some marginal notes by Guy Simon. Some waterstains in the bottom margins.
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