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Tashrih-i badan insan [The Anatomy of the Human Body, or "Mansur's Anatomy"].
Persia, 19th century. - 4to (173 x 210 mm). Persian manuscript on paper, 73 leaves, 17 lines to the page written in nasta'liq script in black ink. With 7 diagrams of the human body in watercolour and ink. Contemporary blindstamped red morocco. A manuscript of the author's principal work, the "Tashrih-i badan insan": the first coloured atlas of the human body, the achievement for which the early 15th century Persian physician Mansur from Shiraz, Timurid Persia, is best known. The seven diagrams illustrate the skeletal and the nervous system, the muscles, arteries, veins, and an embryo in the womb. While Mansur's "Anatomy" was not the first notation of the human body, it is considered the first colour atlas ever created. It led to a substantial change in the contemporary Islamic perception of human anatomy, as such an atlas had previously been considered contrary to Islamic law. Mansur is also credited with one of the earliest anatomical sketches of a pregnant woman: while his other illustrations are likely inspired by earlier Latin and Greek writings, the pregnant woman is considered an original work. - Binding stained and chafed, inner hinges reinforced or broken. Occasional chipping to edges. An appealing manuscript.
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