Utrecht: Jacob van Poolsum, 1728.
2nd Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #003444
Large Folio (516 x 350 mm). Letterpress title, 67 unnumbered leaves, engraved allegorical additional title, 105 numbered engraved plates after Lairesse, probably by Bloteling (1 folding, plate 10 printed on two sheets), woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut initials and tailpieces. Signatures: *6 A-Qqq1. Bound in fine contemporary blind-tooled polished Dutch vellum, spine with raised bands and hand-lettered in ink, large central arabesque to each board. Engraved title with some staining to blank fore-margin and marginal dust soiling, minor occasional spotting, minor dust- and finger soiling elsewhere, plate 23 with tear at fold not affecting image. The collation of our copy conforms with that at Utrecht University and, unlike the first Latin edition of 1685, with no portrait called for. Exceptional copy in fine original Dutch binding. ----
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SECOND DUTCH EDITION (first published 1685 in Latin followed by a Dutch edition in 1690) and not found in the usual bibliographies.
"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 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).
Literature (all for the first Latin edition): 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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