LE CLERC, Daniel (1652-1728) and Jean-Jacques MANGET (1652-1742). Bibliotheca anatomica; sive, recens in anatomia inventorum thesaurus locupletissimus... editio secunda. Geneva: Jean-Antoine Chouët and David Ritter, 1699.
2 volumes, 2o (434 x 274 mm). Title printed in red and black. Engraved additional title with engraved vignette, 125 engraved plates, woodcut and engraved illustrations in text. (Some light browning and staining.) Contemporary mottled calf (rebacked, old spine laid down). Provenance: Henr. Petit (bookplate); Ira M. Rutkow (pencil signature on rear flyleaf).
Second edition, RARE LARGE AND THICK-PAPER SET, MUCH LARGER AND THICKER THAN THE REGULAR ISSUE. The second edition contains significant additions and revisions to this "extraordinary storehouse of seventeenth century anatomical works" (Russell 524), which was first published in 1685. The impressive collection, with its striking engraved title and over one hundred plates based on the original sources, gathers in a single work the most important discoveries of the seventeenth century, the period which laid the foundation for modern anatomy and physiology. These include the writings of Harvey, Willis, Lower, Malpighi, Vieussens, Swammerdam, de Graaf, and Bartholin, to name just some. In the case of William Harvey, the collection of his writings in LeClerc and Manget precedes his Opera Omnia published in England in the eighteenth century. LeClerc has been called "the father of the history of medicine" for his pioneering Histoire de la Médecine published first in 1696 and expanded in subsequent editions (see Garrison-Morton 6379); however, he was most appreciated by his contemporaries for his beautifully produced massive digests of the burgeoning field of modern medical literature. Hahn & Dumaitre pp. 218, 226. Keynes, Harvey, 45; NLM/Krivatsky 6760; Waller 5663.