12 June 2008
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LENA M. AND IRWIN J. PINCUS, M.D.
ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried (1697-1770). Icones ossium foetus humani. Accedit osteogeniae brevis historia. Leiden: Johan and Herman Verbeek, 1737.
4o (239 x 188 mm). Title printed in red and black, 16 engraved plates and 16 outline plates. Contemporary calf, spine gilt (spine ends repaired, some staining and minor worming to sides). Provenance: J. Barth (contemporary ownership inscription on title). Dr. Friedrich Rheiss (tiny ink stamp on title).
FIRST EDITION. "Albinus is particularly remembered for his descriptions of the bones, and this first edition of his treatise on fetal bones in one of his finest atlases. All of the fetal bones are illustrated with great detail and are finely lined in the sixteen plates and sixteen line drawings, but in no place is the total skeleton depicted. At the end of his preface, Albinus promises to see to it that only good prints are published and that the plates are not given away to anybody, to prevent the making of inferior prints for the sake of pecuniary gain" (Heirs of Hippocrates 526). NLM/Blake p.9; Wellcome II p.26.
ALBINUS. Tabulae ossium humanorum. Leiden: Johan and Herman Verbeek, 1753.
Broadsheet 2o (692 x 491 mm). 65 (of 68) engraved plates, including outline plates (lacking outline plate 18 and image plates 23 and 29, plate 2 with gutter margin renewed, plate 24 with outer margin renewed, plate 25 loose, frayed at edges and stained, some soiling and staining throughout). Modern two-toned cloth.
A continuation of Albinus Tabulae sceleti first published in Leiden by Verbeek in 1747 (see previous lot), the Tabulae Ossium contains life-size representations of the bones of the adult human. Choulant-Frank, p.281; Wellcome II, p.26. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return.
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