Paris: Guillaume Cavelier, 1759.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #002106
Two parts in one volume. Large folio (550x400 mm). Part. I: , xxxii, 1-212 pp; part II: , 213-317  pp., 62 engraved plates numbered XXXI and XXXI. Each part with a separate title page, engraved allegorical frontispiece to part I, engraved vignettes on title-pages, engraved head and tail-pieces. Original full leather with extensive gilt decorations and gilt titles on red label to spine (wear and rubbing to boards and extremities; corners, hinges and parts of spine repaired), marbled endpapers. Mild indent to some pages, very little occasional spotting and finger soiling, occasional light marginal dampstaining; mild browning to text and plates (a bit stronger to outline plates), one page with small tear. A very good copy, collated complete. ----
Choulant-Frank, p. 324; Duval & Cuyer, Histoire de l'Anatomie Plastique (1898) pp. 233-45; NLM/Blake 309; Roberts & Tomlinson, pp. 438-45; Russell, British Anatomy 590; Wellcome IV, 156. -
FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of Alexander Monro (Primus) classic textbook on the anatomy of the bones, which was originally published in 1726 as an octavo volume without any plates, and which went through more than ten editions. The French translation, published in large folio, translated and edited by the anatomist Jean Joseph Sue (1710-92) was the most sumptuous edition ever published. Sue, a surgeon and professor of anatomy at the Académie Royale de Peinture, later published an anatomy for painters and sculptors (1788). His deluxe edition of Monro was illustrated with an elegant allegorical frontispiece, engraved vignettes, and 62 plates, of which 31 were outline plates, by various engravers. Remarkably Roberts & Tomlinson suggest that the translation of this work may have been done by Marie-Genevieve-Charlotte Thiroux d'Arconville, who also may have supervised the production of the illustrations. If so, this is probably the first anatomical work produced by a woman, and it is not hard to understand how such a work needed to be issued under a man's name at the time. D'Arconville had studied anatomy at the Jardin du Roi.
The French edition is a magnificent publication, beautifully printed on strong paper, and illustrated with a fine set of plates by Jardinier, Aubert and Gobin, after the designs of J. Tharsis (or Tarsis). "These plates represent whole skeletons, or single bones, the latter either in natural size or in sizes very near the natural. They also represent the skeleton and single bones of the fetus. The workmanship is very fine, especially as regards the single bones" (Choulant- Frank).
"A most sumptuous production, completely overshadowing the original. Its only counterpart is Cheselden's Osteographia" (Russell).
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