Amsterdam: For the Widow of Joannes van Someren, the Heirs of Joannes van Dyk, Henry Boom and Widow of Theodore Boom, 1685.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #003268
Large Folio (508 x 353 mm). 68 unnumbered text leaves, additional engraved allegorical title, engraved portrait by Abraham Bloteling after Gérard de Lairesse, 105 numbered engraved plates after Lairesse, probably by Bloteling (no. 10 printed on two sheets and no. 23 folding), woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut initials and tail-pieces. Signatures *6 (A-3Q)1. Contemporary full vellum, ink lettering to spine (vellum soiled and spotted, corners bumped, front endpaper split at fold). Text and plates generally very crisp and clean, finger-soiling in places, a few clean marginal tears, plate 9 shorter at fore-margin, plate 104 with small hole not affecting image, plate 105 creased. 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, some text leaves and several plates). A fine copy. Complete. ----
FIRST EDITION and very rare when complete (portrait and plate no. 2 are often lacking). "Bidloo, professor of anatomy at The Hague, was at one time physician to William of Orange. An English contemporary, William Cowper, furnished his Anatomy of humane bodies almost completely with engravings plagiarized from this book by Bidloo, who promptly and publicly excoriated Cowper in a published communication to the Royal Society. Before the days of copyright, this is one of the most famous instances of plagiarism in the history of medicine...These plates are considered among the finest illustrations of the Baroque period,..." (Heirs of Hippocrates 667).
"The value of Bidloo's 'Anatomia' lies chiefly in the 105 fine copperplate engravings drawn by Gerard de Lairesse, and engraved by Pieter van Gunst. These are masterpieces of Dutch baroque art" (Garrison-M).
"One of the finest anatomical atlases of the Baroque period. The 105 plates were drawn by the painter Gerard de Lairesse, under whose influence the French style of Poussin and Lorraine became dominant in Holland. 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, and in one plate showing a fly crawling on an opened abdomen. His illustrations brought the quality of Dutch still-life painting into anatomical illustration, and gave a new, darker spritual expression to the significance of the act of dissection. According to the most recent scholarship, the plates were probably engraved by Abraham Bloteling, inventor of the rocker tool for mezzoprint engraving." (Norman 231).
"The book took six years to make, and it was not a best seller, even by 17th-century standards. The publisher probably sold the plates to try to recoup some of his losses. But today, the 100 copies still in existence are the prized treasures of the world's great academic libraries, among them Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale and Vassar" (Vassar College Libraries).
Literature: Norman 231; Choulant, pp. 250-3; Heirs of Hippocrates 667; Garrison-M 384; NLM/Krivatsy 1238; Russell, British Anatomy, 211; Roberts & Tomlinson pp. 309-17; Wellcome II, p.165; Waller 1039; Dumaitre, La Curieuse Destinie des Planches Anatomiques de Girard de Lairesse (1982). - Visit our website to see more images!
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