Albinus Tables Of Skeletons Muscles Of Human Body 1749 Untrimmed 55 Plates 1stnr For Sale

OFFERED WITH is A STUNNING UNTRIMMED EXAMPLE IN THE PUBLISHER’S BOARDS OF ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MEDICAL AND ANATOMICAL BOOKS EVER PRINTED, THE ‘TABLES OF THE SKELETONS AND MUSCLES OF THE HUMAN BODY’ (‘TABULAE SCELETI’) OF BERNHARD SIEGFRIED ALBINUS,   printed in elephant folio in English at London in 1749 for John & Paul Knapton, BOUND WITH ALBINUS’ ‘A COMPLEAT SYSTEM OF THE BLOOD VESSELS AND NERVES,’ PRINTED IN 1758 in elephant folio at London for John and Pail Knapton, and ADORNED WITH 44 BREATHTAKING FULL-BODY ANATOMICAL PLATES (28 IN REMARKABLE NATURAL SETTINGS) IN THE 1749 ‘TABLES,’ PLUS 11 FURTHER FULL-PAGE PLATES IN THE ‘COMPLEAT SYSTEM.’ The two works are complete in all respects. BOTH WORKS ARE ENTIRELY UNTRIMMED AND MUST THEREFORE BE ONE OF THE VERY FEW EXAMPLES STILL IN EXISTENCE WITH FULL MARGINS. The ‘Tables’ may be referenced by ESTC online system number 006356315. The ‘Compleat System’ may be referenced by ESTC online system number 006020323. We provide free expedited, tracked and insured shipping throughout Canada and the United States. We also ship worldwide (outside of North America) at cost – the buyer pays our cost or less for shipment. Please see fuller details of our shipment policy at the foot of the description.  

THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF ALBINUS’ ‘TABULAE SCELETI’ – A GLORIOUS UNTRIMMED EXAMPLE WITH FULL MARGINS OF THE THIRD GREAT BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF ANATOMY AS ART, FOLLOWING VESALIUS AND SPIEGEL. THE ELEPHANT FOLIO PLATES IN THIS VOLUME ARE SOME OF THE MOST REMARKABLE AND BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS EVER TO GRACE A PRINTED SCIENTIFIC WORK. THEIR EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINALITY AND GENIUS IS IMMEDIATELY APPARENT.

THE ‘TABLES OF THE SKELETONS AND MUSCLES’ IS COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS. IT IS BOUND WITH A COMPLETE AND VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF ALBINUS’ ‘COMPLEAT SYSTEM OF THE BLOOD VESSELS AND NERVUS,’ PRINTED IN ELEPHANT FOLIO AT LONDON IN 1758 AND ADORNED WITH 11 FULL-PAGE PLATES OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY.

The plates in the ‘Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body,’ represent one of the most remarkable confluences of science and art ever committed to the printed page. They have been extremely influential upon the subsequent development of medical and anatomical illustrations even to the present day. Printed as they are in elephant folio, it is difficult to imagine a more aesthetically pleasing set of printed anatomical illustrations. This volume is therefore essential to any medical or anatomical collection, and arguably to any collection of early scientific enquiry in general.

PROVENANCE: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (their stamp upon the title and discreetly upon the margins of some of the plates).

The title to the first part of Albinus’ ‘Tables of the Skeletons’ reads as follows:

“Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body, by Bernard Siegfried Albinus. Translated from the Latin. / London: / Printed by H. Woodfall, for John and Paul Knapton. M.DCC.XLIX [1749].”

The title to the second part reads as follows:

“Tables of the Human Muscles by Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. / Part the Second.  / Containing / The Muscles of the particular Parts separate from the Body.

 

The full title of Albinus’ ‘Compleat System’ reads as follows:

“A Compleat System of the Blood-Vessesl and Nerves, Taken from Albinus’s Edition of Eustachius, Also From Ruysch, Vieusses, Du Verney, Haller, Trew, and J. B. Surgeon at Avignon; Beautifully Engraved on Large Copper Plates, With Tables of Explanation, Containing the Text of Eustachius, Albinus, &c. Translated into English. To which are prefixed Three Whole-Length Anatomical Figures, Representing The External Parts of the Human Body in both Sexes. London: Printed by H. Woodfall, / For John and Paul Knapton. M.DCC.LVIII [1758]

From wikipedia:

“Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (originally Weiss) (February 24, 1697 – September 9, 1770) was a German-born Dutch anatomist. Albinus was born at Frankfurt (Oder), where his father, Bernhard Albinus (1653–1721), was professor of the practice of medicine. In 1702 the latter was transferred to the chair of medicine at Leiden University, and it was there that Bernhard Siegfried began his studies in 1709, at the age of 12, having for his teachers such men as Boerhaave and Nikolaus offerloo. Having finished his studies at Leiden, he went to Paris, where, under the instruction of Sebastien Vaillant (1669–1722), Jacob Winslow (1669–1760) and others, he devoted himself especially to anatomy and botany. After a year's absence he was, on the recommendation of Boerhaave, recalled in 1719 to Leiden to be a lecturer on anatomy and surgery. Two years later he succeeded his father in the professorship of these subjects, and speedily became one of the most famous teachers of anatomy in Europe, his classroom being resorted to not only by students but by many practising physicians. In 1745 Albinus was appointed professor of the practice of medicine, being succeeded in the anatomical chair by his brother Frederick Bernhard (1715–1778), who, as well as another brother, Christian Bernhard (1700–1752), attained considerable distinction. Bernhard Siegfried, who was twice rector of his university, died at Leiden.

“Albinus is perhaps best known for his monumental Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani, which was first published in Leiden in 1747, largely at his own expense. The artist and engraver with whom Albinus did nearly all of his work was Jan Wandelaar (1690-1759). In an attempt to increase the scientific accuracy of anatomical illustration, Albinus and Wandelaar devised a new technique of placing nets with square webbing at specified intervals between the artist and the anatomical specimen and copying the images using the grid patterns. Tabulae was highly criticized by such scholars as Petrus Camper, especially for the whimsical backgrounds added to many of the pieces by Wandelaar, but Albinus staunchly defended Wandelaar.”

Both works in the present volume are complete in all respects. The ‘Tables’ comprises 94 pages of text and 44 full-page engraved plates, including the famous suite of 28 decorative plates displaying the muscular system in various situations and activities. The ‘Compleat System’ comprises 36 pages of text and 11 full-page engraved plates. The volume measures about 77 cm by 57 cm by 6 cm; each leaf measures about 775 mm by 570 mm. 

The volumes are bound in 18th century English quarter-calf over marbled boards – the original publisher’s binding entirely contemporary to the time of publication. Even the original leather wrapping upon the spine is present, although it’s lower half has become detached. The binding is, in short, an extraordinary survival, as are the leaves in their untrimmed state. The binding is in good to very good condition, with the book-block weak and but mostly holding (a few leaves toward the center have sprung), and with the hinges holding by the cords. The boards show moderate scuffing and wear at the edges and corners. Internally, the volume is in excellent condition, with clean pages, clear print and ample margins throughout. The plates are exceptionally attractive, with very strong and clear impressions. A few show slight surface soiling at the upper margin (this can easily be removed). The full margins make this an exceptionally appealing example. PLEASE CONSULT THE PHOTOS BELOW IN ORDER TO GAIN THE BEST POSSIBLE UNDERSTANDING OF THE VOLUME’S CONDITION.

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