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29 October 1992
ALBINUS, BERNHARD SIEGFRIED. Explicatio Tabularum Anatomicarum Bartholomaei Eustachii...Accedit tabularum editio nova. Leiden: J. A. Langerak and J. H. Verbeek 1744.
Folio, 384 x 244mm. (5 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.), contemporary vellum over boards, edges stained red, endpapers renewed, soiled, occasional discoloration, some light mostly marginal foxing.
FIRST EDITION, half-title, title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, privilege leaf at end, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, 89 engraved anatomical plates, including outline plates.
The first edition of Bartolomeo Eustachi's anatomical tables, engraved in 1552 for a work that was never completed, was not published until 1714. Albinus published this second edition with his own extensive commentaries; the plates were reengraved by the gifted artist Jan Wandelaar, with the addition of a letter or numeral-keyed outline version of each figure, nearly doubling the total number of engravings. "Had the plates been published at the time they were executed, Eustachi would undoubtedly have ranked with Vesalius as a founder of modern anatomical studies"--Heirs of Hippocrates, no. 201; this edition, no. 203; Wellcome II, p. 26.
Provenance: Leon Olschki; Juan Carlos Ahumada, book labels; the present owner.
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