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Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part IV / VESALIUS, ANDREAS. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica. Venice 1604.

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De humani corporis fabrica. Venice: 1604.
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De humani corporis fabrica. Venice: 1604.
Folio (314 x 221 mm). Contemporary vellum. Upper joint cracked through, chipping to both spine ends and lower outside corner of upper cover, front free endpaper slightly loose, some dampstaining, browning. Pagination as per Cushing VI.A.5 (except that in the second work the address to medical students is bound in the wrong place).

This is the fourth illustrated edition of Vesalius and the fifth edition of the text. Cushing explains, "In 1564, the year of his death, Vesalius stopped in Venice on his way to the Holy Land and submitted his last book, a reply to Fallopius, to the printer Francesco Senense for publication. This same printer, four years later, in collaboration with a Pomeranian engraver, Johannes Criegher, whose name he generously coupled with his own as printer, ventured to print a complete text of the 1555 Fabrica in a smaller format and with all of the wood-blocks recut in smaller size.... The new woodcuts for the illustrations, however, were so well executed that the engraver might almost have passed for the same person who in Venice at the behest of Vesalius had cut the original blocks for the larger work. It must have been not only an expensive undertaking but a venturesome one" (Cushing p 92). He further explains, speaking of this 1604 edition, "The sons of Francesco Senense must have come into the possession of Criegher's carefully engraved wood-blocks and when in 1604 their father's edition of 1568 presumably sold out, they decided to issue another in precisely the same format.... Fabricius of Acquapendente was by now professor of anatomy at Padua, and it was in all likelihood the student text he now recommended." Cushing notes, "It is well printed on durable paper" (Cushing p 93). This is Cushing VI.A.-5. See Cushing VI.A-4 for a detailed description of this book and its significance.

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