Monday, September 19, 2011

Theatrum Anatomicum, Caspar Bauhin, 1605

Caspar Bauhin Theaturm Anatomicum 1605
Description: [xvi], 1314 pp. Engraved title page with engraved portrait on verso, engraved armorial device on verso of following leaf; 129 engraved plates included in pagination. (8vo) 7½x4¾, contemporary full vellum, yapp edges, lacking closure ties. First Edition.Page 175, intended for Plate 20 of Book 1 curiously left unprinted, perhaps a prudish expurgation of a depiction of the male reproductive system. Bauhin (1560-1624) was born at Basel and studied medicine at Padua, Montpellier, and Tubingen (under the botanist Leonhard Fuchs). On his return to Basel in 1580, he was admitted to the degree of doctor, and gave private lectures in botany and anatomy. In 1582 he was appointed to the Greek professorship in that university, and in 1588 to the chair of anatomy and botany. He was later made city physician, professor of the practice of medicine, rector of the university, and dean of his faculty. His anatomical publications drew criticism from the followers of Galen, as did his work on human anatomical nomenclature, particularly of the muscles, but his system was adopted by subsequent anatomists. This work has fine dissection plates in greater number than his earlier books. GM-379
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Date Published: Frankfurt
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