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De anatome corporis humani libri VII
Giunta, Venice 1611 - Folio (320x224 mm). [14], [1:blank], 342 (recte 332) pp., engraved title by Franco Vallegio and Catarin Doino, 79 engravings in text (incl. one unnumbered table of surgical instruments), first and last blank present. Contemporary full vellum (somewhat soiled and spotted, lower extremities of boards restored), pages 17 to 20 and 267with paper repairs to lower margin (without loss), interior clean with only very little spotting and light dampstaining to bottom corner throughout. Good, wide margined copy. ---- NLM/Krivatsy 5118; Norman 955; Choulant-Fr. 212; Garrison-M. 380; Waller 3816; Wellcom I, 6601; Roberts & Tomlinson pp.234-35 - FIRST EDITION. Composed around 1560, and published posthumously. "Guidi's anatomical studies were performed at the University of Pisa after his return to Italy in 1548 but were not published until many years after his death when his nephew compiled and edited them. This long delay may account for the fact that the book received little acclaim even though his descriptions of the vertebrae, cartilaginous structures, and bones of the skull were better than those of his predecessors. Guidi also made original studies on the mechanics of articulation in the human body and described the anatomical structures in the pterygoid bone that bear his name. Some of the figures in the seventy-nine engraved copperplates were adapted from Vesalius, a fact which Guidi states early in the book" (Heirs of Hippocrates. 265). Guid's name is still attached to the canal of the sphenoid bone ("Vidian canal") and the nerve that traverses it ("Vidian nerve"). The baroque title-page is signed in the plate by both Francesco Valesio, active as an engraver in Venice from about 1611 to 1643, and Catarin Doino, Valesio's frequent collaborator. Compared to the magnificent woodcuts in the Chirurgia which Guidi published in Paris, 1545, the anatomical illustrations in this posthumous work have been characterized as indifferent in quality. It is likely that the plates were prepared by Valesio and Doino, engravers of the title-page. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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