6 December 2004
ALBINUS, Bernhard Siegfried. Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani. Leiden: Johan and Herman Verbeek, 1747.
Broadsheet 2o (693 x 514 mm). Engraved title vignette, engraved dedication and 40 engraved plates by Jan Wandelaar including 12 outline plates. (Some spotting and light soiling throughout.) (Title with vertical crease.) Contemporary mottled calf gilt (rebacked, repairs to corners, a bit rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. "AMONG THE MOST ARTISTICALLY PERFECT OF ANATOMICAL ATLASES... Wandelaar placed his skeletons and musclemen against lush ornamental backgrounds to give them the illusion of vitality, using contrasts of mass and light to produce a three-dimensional effect. The most famous plate in the atlas depicts a skeletal figure standing in front of an enormous grazing rhinoceros, sketched by Wandelaar from the first living specimen in Europe, which had arrived at Amsterdam zoo in 1741" (Norman). Choulant-Frank, pp. 276-283; Garrison-Morton 399; Heirs of Hippocrates 831; Norman 29; Wellcome II, p. 26.
[Bound at end:] ALBINUS. [Tabula vasis chyliferi cum vena azyga... Leiden: Verbeek, 1757. Engraved plate. (Lacking the single accompanying text leaf.) Choulant-Frank, p.283.
[And:] ALBINUS. Tabulae VII. uteri mulieris gravidae cum jam parturiret mortuae. Leiden: Verbeek, 1748. 8 engraved plates. Choulant-Frank, p.281; Wellcome II, p.26.
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