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The trachea (windpipe) and bronchi. Engraving after G. de Lairesse, 1739.

  • Lairesse, Gérard de, 1640-1711.
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[Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden] : Apud Johannem Arnoldum Langerak, 1739]

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1 print : engraving ; platemark 46.4 x 32.2 cm


Fig. 8. Aspera arteria unà cum bronchiis separatis à pulmonibus. -- AA pars anterior asperae arteriae -- BB divisionis duos ramos et post ea in plures bronchia dictos -- CC Rami majores bronchiorum ...

References note

L. Choulant, History and bibliography of anatomic illustration, tr. and ed. by M. Frank, Chicago 1920, revd ed. 1945, pp. 250-253
K. B. Roberts and J. D. W. Tomlinson, The fabric of the body. European traditions of anatomical illustration, Oxford 1992, pp. 309-313; 412-415
F. Beekman, "Bidloo and Cowper, anatomists," Annals of Medical History, n.s., 7, 1935, pp. 113-129
P. Dumaître, La curieuse destinée des planches anatomiques de Gérard de Lairesse, Amsterdam 1982, p. 52
A. Hahn and P. Dumaître, Histoire de la médecine et du livre médical, à la lumière des collections de la Bibliothèque de la Faculté de Médecine de Paris, Paris 1962, p. 225, fig. 137

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Manuscript notations in brown ink on recto and verso in Latin and in French
Bears plate number: T. 25


Wellcome Library no. 27733i

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The plate originally appeared in Govard Bidloo's Anatomia humani corporis (Amsterdam 1685), one of one hundred and five plates after drawings by G. de Lairesse which survive in the collection of the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Médecine in Paris. Bidloo's Anatomia appeared in a Dutch translation in 1690 after which Bidloo's publishers sold the remaining pulls of the plates to the Oxford publishers (Smith and Walford) of William Cowper's Anatomy of humane bodies (Oxford 1698), in which Bidloo's plates plus an appendix of nine new plates appear. Cowper added a new text and extra lettering, by his reckoning "above 700 references", to the plates. This new lettering was applied in red ink. Cowper's Anatomy of humane bodies was successful enough to appear in two further editions: one in English (Leiden 1737) and another in Latin (Leiden 1739). Although no new lettering was applied to this plate of the trachea and the bronchi, the manuscript notations are partial transcriptions from the Latin 1739 edition of Cowper



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