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BERRETTINI, Pietro, called 'Pietro da Cortona' (1596-1669). Tabulae anatomicae. Rome: Antonio de Rossi for Fausto Amidei, 1741.
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BERRETTINI, Pietro, called 'Pietro da Cortona' (1596-1669). Tabulae anatomicae. Rome: Antonio de Rossi for Fausto Amidei, 1741.

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BERRETTINI, Pietro, called 'Pietro da Cortona' (1596-1669). Tabulae anatomicae. Rome: Antonio de Rossi for Fausto Amidei, 1741.

2° (424 x 313mm). Title printed in red and black, with engraved vignette, 27 engraved anatomical plates by Luca Ciamberlano, woodcut initials and large tail-pieces, leaves on stubs. (A few text leaves lightly browned or spotted, plate XVI with a tear in lower margin just touching plate mark, small and faint brown stain on plate XXVII, occasional light finger-soiling in margins.) Contemporary vellum (lightly soiled, vellum torn away over corners, endpapers browned and water lined). Provenance: ‘AF’ (bookplate on pastedown) – bookplate removed from front pastedown.

FIRST EDITION. In about 1618, when he was not yet twenty years old, Berrettini prepared a series of twenty anatomical drawings, which remained unpublished until 1741. Gaetano Petrioli must have decided to do publish them because of the high reputation of Berrettini's art in the eighteenth century. Petrioli's edition contained the original twenty plates (nos. I-XIX and XXVII) plus seven others with figures copied from Vesalius, Vesling, Casserio and others, along with commentary supplied by Petrioli. As a supplement, to enhance the unity of Berrettini's plates, Petrioli also had them embellished with numerous smaller anatomical figures taken from Vesalius, Valverde, and others. Choulant-Frank, pp. 235-39; Garrison and Morton 395.2; Heirs 470; Wellcome II, 146.
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