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Veins and arteries. Engraving, 1686.

  • Blankaart, Steven, 1650-1702.
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Figure 1 shows the carotid sinus. Figure 2, along the left of the plate, is an illustration of the vertebral veins. To the right, figure 3, is the trunk of the carotid artery before it enters the brain. Figure 4 shows the arch of the aorta with three ascending branches, supplying the head and arms. Figures 5 to 9 demonstrate valves in veins. Figure 7 at the top right shows the valves of the jugular vein and figure 9 is an example of the same found in a boy


[Amsterdam] : [J. ten Hoorn], [1686]

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1 print : engraving ; image 14 x 8.5 cm

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Bears plate number: IV ; page number


Wellcome Library no. 29489i

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The fourth of fifty-one plates first published in Steven Blankaart's De nieuw hervormde anatomie ofte ontleding des menschen lichaams, Amsterdam 1686, with a Latin edition appearing the following year. The plates are made up of uncredited reduced copies of previously published illustrations, several to a page. The sources of several of the figures however, are identified as from Thomas Willis, Richard Lower and Thomas Bartholin in the notes to the plates in James Drake's Anthropologia nova (London 1707, 2 vols) where the Blankaart plates were published in an appendix to the first volume. Figure 2, which takes up the length of the left side of the plate, is a composition of figures 2 and 4 from plate 13 of Willis's Cerebri anatome, London 1664. Figures 1 and 3 next to it are also from the Cerebri anatome, being the fourth and first figures to his eight chapter. Figure 4, at the lower right of the plate, is from Richard Lower's Tractatus de corde (London 1669), pl. 1, fig. 5. Figures 5 and 6 are credited to Thomas Bartholin


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