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REMMELIN, Johann (1583-1632). Kleiner Welt Spiegel, das ist, Abbildung goettlicher Schoepffung an des Menschen Leib.... Ulm: J. Schultes, 1661.
REMMELIN, Johann (1583-1632). Kleiner Welt Spiegel, das ist, Abbildung goettlicher Schoepffung an des Menschen Leib.... Ulm: J. Schultes, 1661.

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REMMELIN, Johann (1583-1632). Kleiner Welt Spiegel, das ist, Abbildung goettlicher Schoepffung an des Menschen Leib.... Ulm: J. Schultes, 1661.

2o (464 x 335 mm). Title within engraved border, 3 engraved plates, each with multiple engraved flaps. (Some light browning.) Modern morocco, gilt. Provenance: pale library stamp on title.

Second edition in German. As much an art work and a tool for popular education and learning on sex and anatomy as a medical work, Remmelin presented anatomy in the Vesalian tradition using three large images published in the manner of fugitive sheets. All three sheets have extensive layers of moveable flaps that show the anatomy of portions of the body from the outside to the inside. The flaps also reflect moral judgments with an image of the devil covering the top layer of flaps over the woman's genitals, and the traditional fig leaves, or something like them, covering the man's. Unlike fugitive sheets, which were normally issued without authorship, title-page, or binding, and typically did not survive in any quantity, Remmelin's work was published as a kind of large, thin book. As a result, some of the editions had a higher survival rate than fugitive sheets typically had. The work was first published at Ulm in 1613 without Remmelin's name or permission, and without text. Remmelin put out the first edition with text under his authorship at Augsburg in 1619. Probably because it satisfied a demand for popular education and amusement as much as medical science, the work remained in print in numerous editions, translations, and revisions well into the eighteenth century. Choulant-Frank pp. 232-33; Heirs of Hippocrates 456; NLM/Krivatsy 4557; Russell, A Bibliography of Johann Remmelin the Anatomist (1991) pp. 66-67.

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