Mascagni's Renowned Atlas of the
[Anatomy]. Paolo Mascagni. Vasorum Lymphaticorum Corporis Humani
Historia et Ichnographia... Siena: Pazzini Carli, 1787. First
edition. Large folio. Approximately 22 x 15.75 inches. 138 pages.
Engraved title page, engraved dedication page and forty-one
engraved plates (including fourteen plates in outline). Bound to
style in modern quarter tan calf over marbled boards, spine ruled
in gilt, burgundy gilt morocco lettering label. Very minor rubbing
and soiling to binding, some minor occasional foxing and
thumbsoiling in text and plates, some wrinkling to leaves. Still, a
fine and generally clean copy. From the Collection of Dr. Gerald
Lymphatic System, with Forty-One Plates
"This massive atlas contains twenty-seven plates and fourteen outline keys of the human lymphatic system which are masterful in their execution and leave little to be improved upon. They were drawn and engraved by the artist Ciro Santi of Bologna and form a landmark in anatomical illustration. Mascagni made several notable discoveries concerning lymphatics, and this work contains his contribution with reference to the diapedesis of the corpusceles through the wall of the blood vessels in areas of inflammation." (Heirs of Hippocrates). "Mascagni discovered half the lymphatic vessels now known. Using the mercury injection method (which he perfected) and a tubular needle bent at a right angle, he observed, named and described almost all the lymph glands and vessels in the human body, concluding that the lymphatic system originates from all internal and external cavities and surfaces of the body, and that it is related to the absorbing function. He demonstrated the connection between the lymphs and verous vessels, and disproved Boerhaave's theory of arterial and venous lymphatics by showing that they did not exist." (Norman).
Heirs of Hippocrates 1099. Norman 1450.
From the Collection of Dr. Gerald Sugarman.
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