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    Landmarks of Science & Medicine from the Library of Andras Gedeon

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 254

    VESALIUS, Andreas (1514-64). Opera omnia anatomica & chirurgica, edited by Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738) and Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (1697-1770). Leiden: Johannes du Vivie, Johannes and Herman Verbeek, 1725. 2 volumes, large 2° (485 x 290mm). Engraved frontispiece, engraved title-vignettes, 80 engraved plates by Jan Wandelaar, upwards of 35 engraved and numerous woodcut illustrations in the text of volume I, woodcut tailpieces and ornamental initials, titles printed in red and black (frontispiece creased, title of vol.II with neat repair above vignette, 5C2&3 (pp.711/12-713/14) bound in reverse order, pl. 76a present in duplicate, occasional foxing, light stain on p.338 and facing plate). Modern old-style blind-panelled sprinkled calf, gilt spines, red lettering-pieces, by C. Allan Carpenter, Jr., edges uncut. Provenance: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (bookplates stamped withdrawn). Provenance: THE NORMAN COPY.

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    VESALIUS, Andreas (1514-64). Opera omnia anatomica & chirurgica, edited by Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738) and Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (1697-1770). Leiden: Johannes du Vivie, Johannes and Herman Verbeek, 1725. 2 volumes, large 2° (485 x 290mm). Engraved frontispiece, engraved title-vignettes, 80 engraved plates by Jan Wandelaar, upwards of 35 engraved and numerous woodcut illustrations in the text of volume I, woodcut tailpieces and ornamental initials, titles printed in red and black (frontispiece creased, title of vol.II with neat repair above vignette, 5C2&3 (pp.711/12-713/14) bound in reverse order, pl. 76a present in duplicate, occasional foxing, light stain on p.338 and facing plate). Modern old-style blind-panelled sprinkled calf, gilt spines, red lettering-pieces, by C. Allan Carpenter, Jr., edges uncut. Provenance: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (bookplates stamped withdrawn). Provenance: THE NORMAN COPY.

    ONLY COLLECTED EDITION OF VESALIUS' WORKS. Boerhaave, an extremely influential teacher of medicine in 18th-century Leiden, was also interested in the synthesis of older and newer theories of medicine. In an effort to reconcile recent medical discoveries with those of previous centuries, he prepared new editions of a number of classic medical texts. Among these were the works of Vesalius, on which he worked in collaboration with his younger colleague, the anatomist Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. This collected edition includes, in volume I, the De humani corporis fabrica and in volume II, the Epitome, the China-root Letter, Vesalius' response to the Anatomical Observations of Gabriele Falloppio, and the Chirurgia magna, attributed to the great anatomist.

    This copy includes, mounted on an added blank leaf facing the frontispiece, a presentation inscription from Boerhaave removed from another, imperfect copy of this edition or removed from the earlier binding of the present copy. The recipient, Nicholas Cruquius (1678-1754), was a Dutch surveyor, engineer, mathematician and astronomer who prepared plans and diagrams for Boerhaave. Cushing VI.D.-8; G.A. Lindeboom, Bibliographia Boerhaaviana (Leiden 1959) 554; Norman 2143. (2)


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