Rome: Antonio de Rossi for Fausto Amidei, 1741.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #003379
Large folio (440 x 310 mm). , 84 pp. Title printed in red and black and with engraved vignette representing a blood transfusion, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, 27 engraved anatomical plates by Luca Ciamberlano bound at end. Contemporary plain vellum (without binder's flyleaves, minor repair of board- and spine edges, vellum soiled and spotted). Title a triffle dust-soiled and spotted at margins, some text pages slightly browned, a few spots in places, short clean tear near gutter of some plates. Provenance: Yale Medical Library (ink stamps on pastedowns); James Tait Goodrich (bookplate on front pastedown); ink stamp to blank lower corner of plate backsides. A fine, wide-margined copy. ----
FIRST EDITION of "without doubt one of the most dramatic and artistically important anatomical atlases" (Haegelin). Around 1618, when Berrettini was not yet twenty years old, he prepared a series of twenty anatomical drawings, depicting their subjects in a variety of dramatic poses amongst columns, plinths and arches derived from classical architecture, which remained unpublished until 1741. Choulant-Frank identifies the original engraver of these plates which were begun in 1618 as Luca Ciamberlano, whose initials appear on plates 1 and 4. "Many of the dissected men hold oval or rectangular medallions - they look like framed mirrors - within which are drawn figures detailing the anatomy of various regions. Others have no accessory figures" (Roberts & Tomlinson, p. 273). Gaetano Petrioli must have decided to publish them because of the high reputation of Berrettini's art in the eighteenth century. Petrioli's edition contained the original twenty plates (nos. I-XIX and XXVII) plus seven others with figures copied from Vesalius, Vesling, Casserio and others, along with commentary supplied by Petrioli. As a supplement, to enhance the unity of Berrettini's plates, Petrioli also had them embellished with numerous smaller anatomical figures taken from Vesalius, Valverde, and others, "engraved in an incongruous manner wherever there was sufficient space on the plate" (Roberts & Tomlinson). Berrettini's original drawings were acquired by Sir William Hamilton, the British Ambassador to the King of Naples, and husband of Admiral Nelson's mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton. In 1772 Hamilton presented them to William Hunter for inclusion in Hunter's anatomical museum. They are now in the Hunterian Collection at University of Glasgow Library. Literature and References: NLM/Blake 42; Choulant-Frank, pp. 235-39; Garrison-Morton 395.2; Heirs of Hippocrates 470; Wellcome II, 146; Roberts & Tomlinson, The Fabric of the Body, pp. 272-79 ; Sappol, Dream Anatomy, p. 9; Norman, The Anatomical Plates of Pietro da Cortona, 1986; Haegelin, Rare and important medical books in the library of the Swedish Society of Medicine, p. 54; Waller 983; Wellcome II, p 146. - Visit our website to see more images!
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