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De Humani Corporis Fabrica
Johannes Oporinus, Basel 1555 - (6) ff., 824 pp., (24) ff., including fine woodcut title, portrait of Vesalius on a6, printer¿s device on final leaf, 9 large, 183 median, and 22 small woodcut initials and approx. 220 anatomical woodcuts in the text including 17 full-page woodcuts and 5 large diagrams of the nervous and circulatory systems; with the folding extensions as described by Cushing at X1 (p. 505) and bb6-7 (pp. 553-54). Bound in contemporary blindstamped German pigskin, signed ASM and dated 1576, with roll call of German Reformation figures (Melanchthon, etc) alongside mythological figures. Lacking two clasps. Numerous technical annotations in a later (17th C?) hand to margins of first few hundred pages as well as at the rear. Slight repair to inner corner of title page, 2 tears on folding extensions carefully repaired without loss. Some slight staining to pp 678-82. In general very crisp and clean with only very occasional scattered minor spotting and browning; withall a lovely and very genuine copy. An appealing copy of the second folio edition of Vesalius¿ masterpiece, with (according to Garrison), ¿definite improvements¿ made by Vesalius himself. From every point of view, this edition is distinguished, including its typography, quality of illustration, and textual content. Choulant-Frank wrote of this edition: ¿The impression of the woodcuts is often clearer, and more beautiful than in the previous edition; 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 of the first edition. This second edition therefore has, especially for practical purposes, advantages over the first on account of additions in the text and in the illustrations and particularly on account of its more splendid makeup¿ (p. 182). Chronologically this is the third edition, the second being a handy 16mo. pocket edition published in Lyon in 1552. ¿The work of Andreas Vesalius of Brussels constitutes one of the greatest treasures of Western civilization and culture. His masterpiece, the Humani Corporis Fabrica . established with startling suddenness the beginning of modern observational science and research. [The] author has come to be ranked with Hippocrates, Galen, Harvey and Lister among the great physicians and discoverers in the history of medicine. However, his book is not only one of the most remarkable known to science, it is one of the most noble and magnificent in the history of printing. In it, illustration, text and typography blend to achieve an unsurpassed work of creative art; the embodiment of the new spirit of the Renaissance directed towards the future with new meaning.¿ * Durling 4579; Cushing, Bio-Bibliography, V1.A.-3; Garrison-Morton 377; See Dibner, Heralds, 122; Horblit 98; PMM, 91; on the first edition (1543), see PMM 72: ¿No other work of the 16th century equals it, though many share its spirit of anatomical inquiry. It was translated, reissued, copied and plagiarized over and over again and its illustrations were used or copied in other medical works until the end of the 18th century.¿ [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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