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GENGA, Bernardino (1620-1690). Anatomia per uso et intelligenza del disegno ricercata non solo su gl'ossi, e muscoli del corpo humano; ma dimostrata ancora su le statue antiche piu insigni di Roma delineata in piu tauole ... per istudio della Regia Academia di Francia. Rome: Domenico de Rossi, 15 September 1691.
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GENGA, Bernardino (1620-1690). Anatomia per uso et intelligenza del disegno ricercata non solo su gl'ossi, e muscoli del corpo humano; ma dimostrata ancora su le statue antiche piu insigni di Roma delineata in piu tauole ... per istudio della Regia Academia di Francia. Rome: Domenico de Rossi, 15 September 1691.

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GENGA, Bernardino (1620-1690). Anatomia per uso et intelligenza del disegno ricercata non solo su gl'ossi, e muscoli del corpo humano; ma dimostrata ancora su le statue antiche piu insigni di Roma delineata in piu tauole ... per istudio della Regia Academia di Francia. Rome: Domenico de Rossi, 15 September 1691.

2º (478 x 343mm). All-engraved with 56 numbered plates including title. (Margins browned at edges, and from plate 42 onwards also lightly waterstained, plate 17 soiled, 21 with marginal tear, 47 slightly stained.) Contemporary calf (rebacked preserving old gilt spine, corners and edges restored, fill-ins on back cover). Provenance: Edward May (armorial bookplate).

FIRST EDITION. The last sixteen plates fulfill the promise of the sub-title by showing heavily muscularised versions of recognisable antique statues in Rome, the Farnese Hercules, the Laocöon (without his sons), the Gladiator, and the Borghese Faun, all seen from various viewpoints. The sub-title also establishes that the book was intended to benefit students of painting and sculpture at the French Academy at Rome. The plates were probably engraved by François Andriot after Charles Errard, head of the Academy, while Genga made the anatomical preparations. The text, occupying a total of sixteen plates, is by Giovanni Maria Lancisi. Choulant p.254; Garrison and Morton 386; Heirs of Hippocrates 531; Krivatsy 4655; Norman 888: ‘one of the finest of all anatomy books for artists’; Waller 5540; Welcome III, p.102.
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