Opera quae extant, omnia. Ex recensione Joh. Antonidae vander Linden.


Folio. [24], 303, [14], [1 blank]; 199, [1 blank], [4]; 49, [2], [1 blank]; xxxv, [xxxvi-xxxvii], [10], xxxviii-lxxxvi, [5], [1 blank]; [4], [8], 155, [8], [1 blank] pp. Signature collation: [-]4, ?4, ??4, A-Z4, Aa-Qq4, Rr3, a-z4, aa-bb4, [-]2, AA-FF4, GG2, Aa-Dd4, Ee3, [-]4, Ff-Gg4, Hh6, Ii-Ll4, Mm2; (*4), A-K4, L4+1, M-T4, V-X2, X2 Engraved title-page, portrait of the author by Jeremiah Falck, 117 copperplates (of which 97 are from Casserio's Tabulae anatomicae by Francisco Valesio after Odoardo Fialetti, another 10 plates are after Casserio to illustrate Spiegel's De format foetu, 10 additional engravings to illustrate the treatises; light foxing throughout, but on the whole text and plates are beautifully preserved. Contemporary gilt-stamped vellum, seven raised bands, re-backed with gilt-stamped vellum spine, new end-papers, edges with contemporary gauffering for original patron. Binding tight. A FINE & BEAUTIFUL COPY. [More details on request]. FIRST EDITION. FEATURING 117 EXQUISITE COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS OF HUMAN ANATOMY. "This edition of Spigelius' work constitutes the most complete collection of original impressions of the eighty-seven plates from Casserius' legacy and the twenty added to them by Bucretius…Casserius' plates mark a new epoch in the history of anatomic representation, owing to the correctness of their anatomic drawing, their tasteful arrangement, and the beauty of their technical execution" (Choulant, et al. 225-6). Spieghel (Spigelius) was a Flemish botanist, anatomist, and practicing surgeon who studied under Girolamo Fabrici in Padua and succeeded Giulio Cassero (Casserius) as the chair of anatomy at that university. He published only two works during his lifetime—the Isagoge, concerning tapeworms, and febris semitertiana, on malaria. However, he left behind some important manuscripts, including his most famous anatomical work, De humani corporis fabrica (DSB, Vol. XII, 577). The Opera contains all 106 of these plates, plus a tenth one showing the hymen. It also contains 10 more plates not from the Casserius series: four from Casparo Aselli's De lactibus et lacteis venis, one from William Harvey's De motu cordis et sanguinus, three from Johannes Walaeus' De motu chyli, and two from Spigelius' De lumbrico lato, along with the full text of each additional treatise. References: Castiglioni, Arturo. A History of Medicine. New York: Jason Aronson, 1975, p. 527; Choulant, Ludwig, Mortimer Frank, History and Bibliography of Anatomic Illustration. New York: Hafner, 1962; DSB, vol. XII; Garrison, Fielding H. An Introduction to the History of Medicine. 4th ed., 1961; Garrison-Morton 381 & 5229; Hook & Norman, vol. II, no. 1987; Keynes, A Bibliography of the Writings of William Harvey, 5; Norman, Catalogue 15, item 89; Roberts, K. B., and J. D. W. Tomlinson. The Fabric of the Body: European Traditions of Anatomical Illustration. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992; Waller 9124; Wellcome V, p. 159. First Edition.

Title: Opera quae extant, omnia. Ex recensione Joh. Antonidae vander Linden.

Author Name: SPIEGHEL, Adriaan van den [Spigelius] (1578-1625).

Categories: Anatomy,

Publisher: Amsterdam:, Johannem Blaeu, 1645.: 1645

lbs: 8.00

Seller ID: M12864

Keywords: Anatomy