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First Edition Work of Splendor

of the 106 Anatomical Casseri Plates

in their Original Folio Format

Casserius, Julius. Tabulae Anatomicae & De Formato Foetu. Ed. by Daniel Bucretius (recte Rindfleisch). Venice, Evangel. Deuchinum, 1627 (& Amsterdam 1645). Fol. 2 n. pag. ll. preface & contents. With anatomical title etching of 1627 and

106  etchings  in  the  sheet  size  of  16⅜ × 10⅝ in (41.5 × 27 cm)

by Francesco Valesio (Bologna or Verona c. 1560 – active in Venice 1611-1643) after Odoardo Fialetti (Bologna 1573 – Venice 1638) along with text on the back. FACSIMILE  EDITION  IN  THE  ORIGINAL  SIZE along with accompanying booklet in German (sm. 4to, 34 pp. incl. wrapper & 2 full-page ills., paperback). Stuttgart, Edition Medicina Rara, (1974). Fol. (16⅞ × 11 in [43 × 28 cm]). Hand-bound heavy light brown orig. h. sheepskin on 6 raised bands with beveled board edges in the manner of particularly the old wooden board bindings, broad leather corners, blind tooled back with title & rosettes as well as fillets on all sides and covers in dark green Fabriano Roma laid paper in beige-colored orig. board slipcase lined with brown velour with title plate.

(Haller, Bibliotheca Anatomica, I, 289 f.; Jöcher, Gelehrten-Lexikon, I, Sp. 1731; Thieme-Becker, Künstler-Lexikon, XI, 525.)

No. XIII/300 copies of the de-luxe edition in half leather numbered in Roman ( “XIII=13” ) (total edition 2800 copies). – From the copy of the Württemberg State Library Stuttgart. – Plate numbers 85 & 88 used twice. – Front fly-leaf of the facsimile volume with quite faint folding trace lower right, the booklet far right along the frontcover with faint fold and partial slight paper thinning at the far edge of the back cover, otherwise as good as new.

“ The Italian physician and teacher Giulio Casseri (Piacenza c. 1552 – Padua 1616) – pupil and successor of the great Fabrici d’Acquapendente on the chair for surgery and anatomy at Padua – left his long-planned and comprehensive lifework on anatomy by his sudden death 1616 as fragment only. Preserved for posterity were

the  splendid  copper  plates  Casserius  had  made  under  own  supervision

by  the  draughtsman  Odoardo Fialetti , a  pupil  of  Tintoretto’s ,

and  the  engraver  Francesco Valesi .

They served apart still coming generations as coveted models. For the history of the medical illustration and for the artistic conception (where appropriate with slight landscape accessories) of the 17th century

the  etchings  have  exemplary  significance .

The figures – individual figures with portrait-like lineaments – appear in pointed movement …

The 77 anatomical plates of Casserius and 20 later ones which, worked after Casserius’ death by his artists, also include some etchings after Vesalius, are joined by nine etchings on the embryonic development, which are likewise from Casseri’s possession. Both collections, the ‘Tabulae Anatomicae’ and the plates to ‘De Formato Foetu’, are

the  most  comprehensive  publication  of  Casserius  illustrations .”

Offer no. 29,009 / EUR  230. (c. US$ 278.) + shipping