A Prelude to Modern Science, Being a Discussion of the History, Sources and Circumstances of the 'Tabulae Anatomicae Sex' of Vesalius ( Publications of The Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, No. 1 )
SINGER, Charles [Andreas Vesalius].
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, 1946. First Edition Hardcover. Large 4to. lxxxv + 58pp, (ii), 6 fold-out plates. Original navy cloth with gilt titling to spine, b&w in-text illustrations, 6 b&w linen backed fold-out plates at rear. General and Hebrew indexes. A detailed study of the "Tabulae" of Andreas Vesalius (1514 - 1564) the great Belgian anatomist. The "Tabulae anatomicae sex" of 1538, contained three sketches of the vascular system drawn by Vesalius himself, and three sketches of a skeleton by Jan Stefan Van Kalkar, (1499- c.1550) a sudent of the Titianís studio. The work set new standards in anatomical illustration, and is said to have been one of the foundation points of the author's "Fabrica" of 1543, in which Vesalius presented the first significant challenge to the Galenic viewpoint of anatomy. In addition to the numerous illustrations in text, this work produces fold out, linen-backed facsimiles of each of the original plates at the rear. Cloth lightly rubbed and faded, spine ends and corners lightly chafed, a few light creases to page edges, otherwise a solid, bright VG+ copy. (Item ID: 40377)