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Verzeichnis einer Sammlung von Bildnissen, grostentheils beruhmter Aerzte; so wohl in Kupferstichen, schwarzer Kunst und Holzschnitten, als auch ineinigen Handzeichnungen: diesem sind verschiedene Nachrichten und Anmerkungen vorgesetzt, die so wohl zur Geschichte der Arzeneygelahrtheit, als vornehmlich zur Geschichte der Kunst gehoren
Chr. Fr. Himburg, Berlin 1771 - 4to. [10], 243, [1], 240 pp. With 8 engraved vignettes by J.W. Meil. Bound in contemporary German paste-paper covered boards. Preserved in a brown cloth protective case (Cloverleaf Studio) First and Only Edition of this extremely early and important study of ANATOMICAL ILLUSTRATIONS, perhaps the first scholarly work on the subject, containing also a CATALOGUE OF PORTRAITS OF PHYSICIANS. Choulant and Frank ("History and Bibliography of Anatomic Illustration") praise the work: "Contains very valuable reports on artistic anatomy and the history of anatomic illustrations. Very accurate and conscientious research work is characteristic of this book, as of all Moehsen's works. The volume is most useful for its bibliographic references to physicians portraits. There is also an excellent essay on the relationship of medicine to artistic anatomy - possible the best written to date." (p. 351). The first part of the work contains a long theoretical essay on the relationship between medicine and art; the history of anatomic illustration; and the use of different artistic media, including woodcuts and metal engraving; the second part contains a "List of portraits of famous physicians, in copperplate as well as woodcuts and drawings," "Works in which different portraits of famous doctors have notes that are useful for the history of the arts and artists," "Alphabetical list of those artists and illustrators, as well as copper engravers" and more. Moehsen (1722-1795) was Frederick the Great's personal physicians and one of the most learned and enlightened men of his time, the author of a number of notable works on the history of medicine, for which see: "Johann Moehsen, Kurt Sprengel, and the Problem of Origins in Collective Memory" by Hans-Uwe Lammel (in: Locating Medical History: The Stories and Their Meanings, edited by Frank Huisman & John Harley Warner, JHU Press, 2006). Two issues of the work both appeared in 1771 (priority indeterminate), distinguished only by the publisher's name on the imprint. The present copy belongs to the issue with "Himburg" as the publisher; other copies bear the name of "Birnstiel." This copy does not contain the half-title that was apparently tipped-in to some copies immediately before Part 2 (the text reads "II. Catalogus iconum potissime clarissimorum medicorum, et oerum, qui artem medicam, excolverunt"). The physical collation of this copy is complete (there are no odd leaves or missing leaves in the gathering) and collates as per other recorded copies. Early ownership inscriptions and private collection stamp on front end-papers. § Garrison-Morton 6604.90; Blake p. 307; Petzholdt p. 273 "in sorgfältiger und fur ihre Zeit musterhafter Redaktion"; Dorn 239-244 (Birnstiel issue); Rumann 757. SELECTED CONTENTS: PART ONE: "Usefulness of this work for art lovers;" "Improvements and additions from this directory, also Gersaint's Catalogue of the works of Rembrandt, as well as on the history of the arts in general;" "Of effigies of great artists, as well as very famous copper engravers;" "Of the difference of those impressions, and how to know from where a plate was taken;" "Of the rarity of the portraits in this collection;" "Of the value of this inventory in the biography, scholarly arts, and news of its establishment;" "Of Anatomy;" "Of Michelangelo Buonarotti and Raphael;" "Of the merits of Vesalius and Titian relating to anatomy, along with a detailed description of the works of Vesalius;" "Of the anatomical works of the great Bidloo, which Gerhard Lairesse has manufactured;" "Of Bidloo's and Lairesse's copperplates;" "Of the large anatomical works by Mr. Albinus, with Wandelaar's drawings and copper engravings;" "Of Gautier [d'Agoty]'s anatomical characters with color prints;" "Some messages from the first use of color-printed woodcuts for anatomical characters; unequal by Le Blond, predecessor of the Gautier [d'Agoty family];" "Of Ladmiral's anatomical characters in a very clean color prints;" "The list o [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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