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De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem [Andreae Vesalii Bruxellensis, invictissimi Caroli V. Imperatoris Medici, de Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem (full title)]
Johannes Oporinus, Basilae [Basel] 1555 - [1555 (second folio edition)]/ 1543. Folio, with the engraved title page, woodcut portrait of the author, around 200 woodcut text illustrations, the full complement of plates (23 full-page and 2 folding), but lacking the 23 index leaves and colophon; the highly influential, elegant and scientific anatomical illustrations and the portrait of Vesalius are printed from the blocks of the 1543 first edition. Contemporary full vellum over oak boards with five raised bands, sides panelled and elaborately tooled in blind with filigrees and important historical figures; vellum discoloured and occasionally marked; clasps missing, with the leading edges a little worn, exposing the boards; minor loss to the head and foot of the spine, with the joints just starting to split; endpapers no longer present; the title leaf has a blank 45 mm strip at the foot restored, and the blank leading margin heavily thumbed, slightly chipped and wormed, with a small hole; occasional worming, confined to pinholes rarely extending onto the text beyond the wide leading margin (apart from three leaves with minimal loss of a few words); long tears to two leaves (and a few tiny edge tears elsewhere) expertly sealed; light tidemarks to the inner top corners of the first portion, and to some top margins (and a few bottom margins) elsewhere; old pressed flower stains in a number of places, with associated cockling to adjacent leaves; a few other minor signs of use and age (old ink stains to a few leaves; one page very dusty; occasional creases, light marginal stains and chips; early underlining and a few marginalia on a few pages); paper generally toned; a used copy to be sure, but inoffensively so, and it still presents as the impressive and important work is assuredly is, now protected in a custom-made Solander box. The early ownership signature of Johan Rottinger (?) is written in ink on the paper lining on the inside front board. 'Containing Vesalius's final published revisions of the 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. Most of the original woodblocks from the second edition along with the anatomical captions were splendidly reprinted as ^Icones Anatomicae^ by the Bremer Press for the New York Academy of Medicine and the University of Munich, 1934. The woodblocks had been preserved in the University of Munich, but were destroyed in World War II' (online Garrison-Morton 377). 'The impression of the woodcuts is often clearer, and more beautiful than in the previous editions; some of the figures have been somewhat improved upon in the cutting and in the lettering. The presswork is more splendid; the fancy initials throughout are larger and more beautiful and also adorned with drawings different from those in the first edition. This second [folio] edition therefore has advantages over the first on account of additions in the text and in the illustrations and particularly on account of its more splendid makeup' (Choulant-Frank, pages 181-182). Often referred to as the second edition, this is in fact the third, following Jean de Tournes' unauthorized 16mo edition (Lyon, 1552, reproducing only four of the plates) (Cushing VI.A.-3). Provenance: Dr Milton Roxanas (purchased from James Tait Goodrich, Englewood, with his catalogue record loosely inserted). Please use the 'Ask Bookseller a Question' link below to confirm availability and postage charges.
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