|EUSTACHIUS, Bartholomeo. Tabulae
Anatomicae. Edited by Giovanni Maria Lancisi. Rome: Francesco Gonzaga, 1714.
Folio (384 x 356 mm), contemporary full calf with elaborately
gilt-decorated spine. $12,000.
First edition, a wide-margined copy,
of the great anatomical atlas of Eustachius, complete with engraved
title vignette after Pier Leone Ghezze and 47 full-page copperplate engravings by Giulio de' Musi after drawings by Eustachius and Pier Matteo
The 47 anatomical drawings of
Eustachius in the Tabulae Anatomicae were completed by 1552, yet
all but 8 were not published in his lifetime. "Had the plates been
published at the time they were executed, Eustachi would undoubtedly
have ranked with Vesalius as a founder of modern anatomical
studies" (Heirs of Hippocrates, 324). In many cases, the
drawings of Eustachius are considered to be more accurate than those of
Vesalius. It wasn't until the early 18th-century that the plates were
found and brought to the attention of Giovanni Maria Lancisi who
published them, along with his notes, in the present volume. Choulant-Frank, pp. 200-202; Garrison-Morton 391; Norman 740; Wellcome II, p. 536.
Bookplate, foxing to title
page and light occasional foxing affecting a few plates, with most
plates exceptionally clean. A few minor repairs to binding. A beautiful
wide-margined copy in handsome contemporary binding.