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Friday’s Library Snapshot … Vesalius

February 8, 2013




De humani corporis fabrica libri septem by Andreas Vesalius, 1514-1564 ; Wood-engravings by J.S. van Calcar
‘On the fabric of the human body ‘ by the Brussels born physician Andreas Vesalius (Andries van Wesel) marks the birth of the anatomy as a science. It contains an elaborate, accurate, clearly constructed and illustrated account of the dissections by the author.  Empirical research replaces the customary reiteration of accepted views from classical antiquity, especially those of Galen  (AD 129–c. 200/c. 216)
This book is especially enjoyed by work experience students who are excited by a very old book. with a familiar author if they have recently been studying history of science at school. One visitor from Brazil  was interested in all the 15th century books as it would seem they were published before his country was discovered!

Further reading The book of books: 500 years of graphic innovation edited by Mathieu Lommen.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2013 2:37 pm

    Interesting. Hadn’t come across this guy before. You may be interested to read my blog about the recent Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in London that concerned his amazing anatomical drawings, some from as early as the 1490s!

    • February 8, 2013 2:51 pm

      Oh Yes certainly I will take a look!! Thank you for your visit and kind attention _/\_

  2. February 11, 2013 10:43 am

    Reblogged this on Bibliodeviancy and commented:
    Amazing book…

    • February 11, 2013 5:20 pm

      I am delighted that you have re-blogged this post. I work in an environment where this and other similar items are accessible so cannot take the credit for it amazing-ness. Nonetheless I thank you for a little platform and promotion for my blog.

  3. February 14, 2013 2:06 pm

    This is a lovely idea – the sharing of books many of us would never otherwise come across. Thank you.

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