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Decorated initial T with putti stringing a dog over the bar of the letter. Woodcut and letterpress, 1543.

  • Vesalius, Andreas, 1514-1564.
Date
June 1543
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24288i
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The decorated initial heads a dedicatory letter, dated August 1542, to Philip II of Spain by Andreas Vesalius. In it Vesalius gives as one of his reasons for publishing the Epitome the threat of pirate editions of his work. He also stresses the fundamental importance of the study of anatomy and the harm that too great a reliance on compendia, without recourse to larger works, can do

Publication/Creation

Basel : Johannes Oporinus, June 1543.

Physical description

1 print : woodcut with letterpress ; image 7.3 x 7.3 cm

Edition

1st edition.

References note

S. W. Lambert, "The Initial Letters of the Anatomical Treatise, De humani corporis fabrica, of Vesalius," in: S. W. Lambert, et al., Three Vesalian Essays to accompany the Icones Anatomicae of 1934, New York 1952, p. 12
H. Cushing, A Bio-bibliography of Andreas Vesalius, 2nd ed., Hamden, Conn. and London 1962, pp. 109-113, VI.B.-I*
L.R. Lind, tr. and ed., The Epitome of Andreas Vesalius, New York 1949

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 24288i

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