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De humani corporis fabrica
Basel: J. Oporinus, 1555. Abraham Jacobi???s Copy of the 1555 Fabrica Vesalius, Andreas (1514-64). De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. Folio. [12], 824, [48]pp. Five-page manuscript index in the hand of Bavarian obstetrician Johann Feiler (1786-1822), a former owner of this copy, bound in the back. Woodcut title, portrait, 2 woodcut folding plates, text woodcuts. Basel: Oporinus, 1555. 407 x 260 mm. 18th century calf, rebacked preserving original gilt spine and leather label, edges and corners repaired. Light toning, title a bit soiled and with small marginal lacuna, tears in first folding plate repaired at an early date, but a fine, clean copy with large margins. Long Latin inscription dated October 6, 1816 and signed ???Jacobi??? on the front flyleaf, noting that this copy was a gift from Feiler to ???Fr. X. G. de Ploederl???; i.e. Franz Xavier Georg Plöderl (fl. early 19th cent.), author of a treatise on hysterectomy (De hysterotomia, 1820). Faint stamp on title and another leaf of pioneering American pediatrician Abraham Jacobi (1830-1919); bookplate of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland noting Jacobi???s gift of this copy. Second edition of the founding work of modern anatomy, containing the most beautiful and famous illustrations in the history of medicine, attributed to Jan van Calcar of the school of Titian. The 1555 edition was printed on heavier paper with larger type â??with only 49 instead of 57 lines to the page, thus necessitating the recutting of all the small initial letters so that they would now fit seven lines of the new type. Indeed, an entirely new wood-block was cut for the frontispiece . . . â??Vesalius made some definite improvements in the text which have been cited by Garrison, such as concern the ethnic aspects of craniology, but more particularly in connection with his physiological observations in the last chapter, viz., (i) the effect of nerve section [p. 810, lines 22-34], (ii) persistence of life after splenectomy [p. 820, lines 26-31], (iii) collapse of the lungs on puncture of the chest [p. 821, lines 25-31], (iv) aphonia from section of the laryngeal nerve [p. 823, lines 25-31], (v) prolongation of life by artificial intratracheal inflation of collapsed lungs [p. 824, lines 8-14]â? (Cushing, pp. 90-92). This copy includes an 18th-century manuscript index to the work by Bavarian obstetrician Johann Feiler, which clearly indicates that Feiler had both read the Fabrica and regarded it as an important reference. Feiler later gave this copy to Franz X. G. Plöderl, who was most likely Feilerâ??s student. Afterwards this copy was owned by American pediatrician Abraham Jacobi, who opened the first childrenâ??s clinic in the U.S. at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Garrison-Morton.com 377. Cushing, Bio-Bibliography of Andreas Vesalius, VI.A.-3. For Feiler see Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon herforragender Aerzte vor 1880.
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