BIDLOO, Govard (1649-1713). Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis G. De Lairesse ad vivum delineatis. Amsterdam: widow of Joannes van Someren, heirs of Joannes van Dyk, Henry Boom and the widow of Theodore Boom, 1685.
Large 2° (504 x 345mm). Engraved allegorical frontispiece, engraved portrait by Abraham Bloteling after Gérard de Lairesse, and 105 plates after Lairesse, unsigned but probably by Bloteling, plate 10 double-page, plate 23 folding. Woodcut typographical ornaments. (Plate 1 affected by deep internal tear, repaired on verso, and by crease marks, the folding plate crudely-repaired on verso of fold, and with tear close to the fold line, also partly browned, plate 89 rather soiled, a few plates and text leaves with short marginal tears, Ll1 with longer tear at foot.) Uncut in contemporary Dutch vellum, covers gilt-panelled with arabesque center and corner-pieces, the center-piece containing an astrolabe, smooth spine divided into compartments with gilt floral ornament (bowed, extremities a little worn, some staining and scuffing). Provenance: Herr Jaeger, apothecary (3-line inscription, dated 1728, on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION OF THE MAJOR SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ANATOMICAL ATLAS, one of the first to break with the Vesalian tradition and show the body naturalistically. Although the anatomical accuracy of the plates has been criticised, the ability of Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711) to give such uncanny, lifelike qualities to dismembered bodies and skeletons places the large plates 'among the finest illustrations of the Baroque period,' the artist receiving deserved acknowledgment along with the anatomist on the title-page. K.B. Roberts and J.D.W. Tomlinson The Fabric of the Body pp. 309-317; Choulant-Frank, pp. 251-252; Garrison and Morton 385; Heirs of Hippocrates 667; NLM/Krivatsy 1238; Norman 231; Wellcome II, p. 165.