EUSTACHIUS, Bartholomeus.

ALBINUS, Bernard Siegfried. Explicatio Tabularum Anatomicarum Bartholomei Eustachii. Accedit tabularum editio nova. Leidae Batavorum [Leiden]: Apud Joannem Arnoldum Langerak & Joannem & Hermannum Verbeek, 1744.

Price £ GBP 3500.00

Large folio, pp. (viii), 28, 277, (3), and 47 engraved plates on 43 leaves + 54 outline plates on 46 leaves. Half-title, title printed in red and black with engraved vignette, numerous woodcut ornaments. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments with red morocco label (ends of spine almost imperceptively restored), red edges, marbled endpapers. A few leaves a little browned, single wormhole in lower blank margin of first 30 leaves, but a lovely copy. With four bookplates including those of de Bellissen Bénac, Pierre Bézy, and Dr. P. Créhange.

First edition to be edited by Albinus of Eustachius’s anatomical plates, important in the history of anatomy by reason of their date (1552), but not published until 1714 (G&M 391). As with other critical editions which Albinus published, this is a beautifully produced book. The plates were re-engraved by Wandelaar, who was the engraver for Albinus’s own anatomical plates, and lettered outline plates were provided. Albinus wrote the preface, and added extensive notes to each plate. This edition, according to C.D. O’Malley in DSB, “is the most desirable one for purposes of study.” Choulant, p. 202.

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