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Andreas,De humani corporis fabrica libri septem.Basel: Johannes Oporinus, 1555.

Folio (415x270 mm), [6] ff., 824 pages, [24] ff., including two pages with folding extensions, woodcut title, portrait of Vesalius, 23 full page and ca 200 woodcuts anatomical illustrations in the text, printer’s device on verso of last leaf. Binding: late XVIII century half calf (restored). Partly minor waterstaining and minimal foxing, one folding table with backed tear the other with tears and restored white margin, title somewhat finger stained and with few wormholes. Last page with printer’s device remained at bottom. In general a very good copy with wide margins, title with ownership inscription of the Frankfurt physician Peter Uffenbach (1566-1635).

Second folio edition of one of the most important books in the history of medicine, the foundation of modern anatomy and physiology, the greatest work ever published on human anatomy. “The work of Andreas Vesalius constitutes one of the greatest tresaures of western civilization and culture. His masterpiece, De Humani corporis fabrica and its companion volume the Epitome, issued in Basel in 1543, established with startling suddenness the beginning of modern observational science and research ... his book is not only one of the most remarkable known to science, it is one of the most noble and magnificent volumes in the history of printing. In it illustrations, text and typography blend to achieve an unsurpassed work of creative art: the embodiment of the spirit of the Renaissance directed toward the future with new meaning.” (Saunders & O’Malley, The illustration from the works of Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, Cleveland 1950) “Containing Vesalius’ s final revisions of the text, this edition is also superior for its enlarged format, improved typography and printing, better paper, larger woodcut initials, and changes to the lettering of the anatomical woodcuts.”(Garrison-Morton)“No other work of the sixteenth century equals it, though many share its spirit of anatomical enquiry. 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 eighteenth century.”(PMM).

Garrison-Morton 377; Durling 4579; PMM 71.

Price: 59 000.00 EUR