BIDLOO, GOVARD 1649-1713.
Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis. G. de Lairesse ad vivum delineatis. Amsterdam: for the widow of Joannes van Someren, the heirs of Joannes van Dyk, Henry Boom and widow of Theodore Boom, 1685.
Large folio (505 x 358 mm). Additional engraved title, engraved portrait by Abraham Bloteling after Gerard de Lairesse, 105 numbered engraved plates after Lairesse, probably by Bloteling (number 10 printed on two sheets and plate 23 folding), printer's woodcut device on title, woodcut initials and tailpieces. 18th-centruy vellum, some staining and soiling. Some light staining a few marginal tears. Provenance: Johann Georg Friedrich Henning (1763-1823) author of various medical books (his ownership inscription dated 18 March 1798 on front free endpaper); presented by Ernst Hart to the British Library Association (old ink stamp on title and other places).
FIRST EDITION of the first large scale anatomical atlas since Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica (1543). "The value of Bidloo's Anatomia lies chiefly in the 105 fine copperplate engravings drawn by G. de Lairesse (1640-1711)" (Garrison-Morton). "For Lairesse, the anatomical illustrations Bidloo asked him to undertake were an occasion for an artistic meditation on anatomy: he displayed his figures in an emotional, almost tender manner, contrasting the raw dissected parts with the full, soft surfaces of uncut flesh, placing flayed, bound figures in ordinary nightclothes or bedding, setting ordinary household objects such as books, jars, or cabinets in the same scene as cut-up torsos or limbs. His illustrations brought the qualities of Dutch still-life painting into anatomical illustration, and gave a new, darker spiritual expression to the significance of the act of dissection" (Norman). Choulant-Frank, pp. 251-252; Garrison-Morton 385; Heirs of Hippocrates 667; Norman 231; Wellcome II, p 165.