5 October 2007
ELLIS, George Viner (1812-1900) and George Henry FORD (1809-1876). Illustrations of Dissections in a Series of Original Coloured Plates the Size of Life. London: James Walton, 1867.
2 volumes comprising: one volume text, 8o (212 x 137 mm) and one atlas volume, 2o (548 x 357 mm). 58 chromolithographed plates by Ford after the dissections of Ellis (some occasional pale spotting). Text bound in modern quarter morocco, atlas bound in contemporary cloth with later calf spine and corners (some rubbing and light soiling to atlas volume). Provenance: Howard Stevenson (gift inscription from J.S. Ward on front free endpaper of atlas); Queen's University, Belfast (gift inscription from Howard Stevenson on front free endpaper, ink stamps on title-page, free endpapers, and verso of last plate); Harvard University School of Medicine and Public Health Library (ink stamp on verso of text volume title-page).
FIRST EDITION. Like Maclise, and Carswell, Ellis was professor of anatomy at University College, London, which in the first thirty-five years of its existence, produced a remarkable series of anatomical atlases. Ellis and his artist Ford chose the comparatively new method of chromolithography for the reproduction of their imperial folio atlas of fifty-eight plates. The printing of such complex plates in color was difficult, as chromolithography was still in a developmental stage; the plates were printed between 1863 and 1867, with four to seven finished each year. The plates are exceptional for accuracy and clarity; they are also exceptional for their aesthetic depiction of the dead. Roberts & Tomlinson p. 574. (2)
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