De Humani Corporis Fabrica, Andrea Vesalius, 1555


Extraordinary facsimile in 1997 of the famous work of Andrea Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica Libri septem, according to the original 1555 edition of Basel.

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Extraordinary facsimile in 1997 of the famous work of Andrea Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica Libri septem, according to the original 1555 edition of Basel.

The full title of the work is Vesalii Bruxellensis Andreae, medicorum scholae Patauinae professoris, De humani corporis fabrica Libri septem (Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, a professor at Padua Medical School, the structure of the human body in seven books).

De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (of the structure of the human body in seven books) is a piece of text, with a profusion of allegorical images of human anatomy written by Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) in 1543.

The work is composed of about seven hundred pages of splendid impression, it is considered one of the most influential scientific books of all time, De Humani Corporis Fabrica is known for his illustrations, some of the most perfect woodcuts ever made.

Vesalius based his anatomical studies on direct observation and surgical practice, he rejected some anatomical errors in previous works and bringing new discoveries revolutionized the circles of the time, becoming considered the founder of modern anatomy.

The book is based on lectures that the author gave at the University of Padua, during which he distanced himself from the common practice making countless dissections to illustrate their presentations. It presents a detailed examination of organs and a complete structure of the human body.

This would not have been possible without the many advances that took place in the Renaissance, including developments in the field of art and the art of printing. Thanks to this, Vesalius could produce illustrations superior to any that had previously produced quality.

Vesalius published so monumental work to age 28, regardless of expense and suffering many headaches to ensure quality. Many of the illustrations were made by paying artists (those of the first two books were done by Johannes Stephanus of Calcar, an employee and disciple of the great Venetian artist Tiziano) and were markedly higher than the illustrations of anatomical atlases of the time, made often by the same professors of anatomy.

The engravings took Basel (Switzerland), because Vesalius wanted the work was published by one of the leading printers of the time, Joannis Oporini. He came to go himself to this city to supervise the work personally. Thanks to this, this work is a great example of the best in terms of production of books in the Renaissance, with seventeen designs of whole page, besides diverse illustrations accompanied by text.

The success of Fabrica said clearance Vesalius funds and walked the time, fame. He was appointed physician Holy Roman Emperor Charles V; Vesalius dedicated his work to the sovereign, and presented him with the first published copy (bound in imperial purple silk, with special hand-painted artwork that are not found in any other copy). Fabrica was reprinted in 1555.

The work is divided into seven parts or “books”, forming a complete treatise of the human body:
Book I: about bones and joints, and includes illustrations of skulls of five different human races. This is the first study of comparative ethnography.
Book II: is the muscles and contains the most famous illustrations in the book.
Book III: heart and blood vessels.
Book IV: nervous system.
Book V: abdominal organs.
Book VI: organs of the thorax region, including an observation of Vesalius on the likeness of the heart muscle.
Book VII describes the brain.

Numbered facsimile edition in two volumes and limited to 980 copies, sold out for years. 2 volumes format 29 x 40 cm, corresponding to the first facsimile of the original work, bound in decorated dry skin, and the second with the complete translation of the work in Spanish of the original Latin text, bound in Dutch. The facsimile is presented in a hardback case with open top and bottom leather, for better conservation.

An essential work for anyone interested in medicine. Facsimile in perfect condition. Book study with bunting in the right upper corners of the covers, no more important, rest in perfect condition. Facsimile case with light stain and small scratches on the back, no more important; generally in very good condition.

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