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Anatomiae, hoc est, corporis humani dissectionis pars prior ¿
Eucharius Cervicornus, Marburg 1537 - (36) ff., (1) folding table, with numerous anatomical woodcuts, woodcut title, printer¿s device, and initials. [With:] MONDINUS / DRYANDER, Johannes. Anatomia Mundini, ad vetustissimorum, erundemque aliquot manu scriptorium, codicum fidem collate, iustoq(ue) fuo ordini restitute. Marpurgi, In officina Christiani Egenolphi, 1541 (colophon). (4) ff., 67 ff., with numerous anatomical woodcuts, printer¿s device, and initials. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, minor restoration to one corner, ink splotch on front cover. First title: contemporary ownership inscription on title (Joseph Longis), minor marginal dampstaining, border of f. c1 slightly cropped, repaired minor tears where folding table connects to binding. Second title: minor loss upper blank corner of tp., printers crease to f. 5, small tears to ff. 35, 38 and 49, small blank corner loss f. 50, printer¿s crease in text of p. 51. Overall excellent. A very attractive ensemble: fine copies of two rare illustrated works of pre-Vesalian anatomy, here preserved together in their contemporary vellum binding as issued: the first expanded edition of Johannes Dryander¿s Anatomiae. pars prior (1537) followed by his new illustrated edition (1541) of the Anatomia of Mondino de Liuzzi (c. 1270-1326), known as the ¿restorer of anatomy¿ for his innovative dissection practice. A contemporary and rival of Andreas Vesalius (1514-64), Dryander (1500-60) was ¿one of the first authors to make drawings of his own dissections;¿ and his Anatomiae. pars prior of 1537 offered here is considered ¿the first significant work devoted to the anatomy of the brain¿ (Printing and the Brain of Man, p. 24). In fact, it is one of the first printed monographs devoted to any single part of the human body. Issued separately 4 years apart but found together here, these two works are among the best illustrated anatomies to predate the Fabrica (1543) of Vesalius (Lind, p. 297). Modern scholars have noted that several illustrations in Vesalius' Tabulae anatomica sex of 1538 shows signs of having been influenced by some of the images in Dryander's Anatomiae. pars prior. The 1537 Anatomiae. pars prior is an amplification of Dryander¿s 1536 Anatomia capitis humani (Marburg, Cervicornus), with a longer introduction, more detailed depictions of the head and brain, and new woodcuts of the thorax, heart, and lungs, which increase the number of its illustrations to twenty-three. The volume was apparently conceived as the first part of a (never finished) complete anatomy of the human body. The text of the treatise records Dryander¿s lecture given at Marburg on October 25, 1526, in which he praises Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse (1504-67), the work¿s dedicatee, for allowing the public dissection of the corpses of criminals and for advancing state support for the study of anatomy, ideas which were still progressive in the early sixteenth-century. Dryander, who led the first public dissections ever performed in Germany (Duffy, p. 87), emphasizes the importance of the study of anatomy for the practice of surgery, the study of pathology for better determining cause of death, and the better understanding of the nature of disease. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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