The Bremer Press Edition of Vesalius' Fabrica
    Printed from the Original Wood Blocks

    [Andreas Vesalius]. Andreae Vesalii Bruxellensis Icones Anatomicae. [New York, N.Y.]: Academia Medicinae Nova-Eboracensis, [Munich, Germany]: Bibliotheca Universitatis Monacensis: [Bremer Press], [1935, dated 1934]. Folio. Limited edition of 615 copies of which this is copy number 523. (Approximately 15 x 21.5 inches). [10], 130, xiii, [4], 11 leaves of plates (four folded). Portrait, two woodcut titles, 88 plates, and 2 folding plates (a quadriptych with different images of Vesalius' operating theater). Text in Latin. Lacks supplementary folio leaf "To the Reader."

    277 illustrations, of which 227 are printed from the original blocks of Vesalius' Fabrica (1543 and 1555) and its Epitome, preserved in the library at the University of Munich; the remaining 50 photographically reproduced. Plates printed on handmade paper with deckle edges. Interspersed are passages of text, the "key" to the illustrations from the 1555 edition of the Fabrica, on thinner stock paper.

    Bound in half leather over cloth covered boards with gilt title and device on front board, five raised spine bands with gilt lettered leather title label in compartment and year at foot. Housed in its original clam shell box with its ink stamped number "523" in the corner. Binding lightly rubbed at extremities. Thinner text papers with wrinkling at corners. Small stain on subtitle page after text page 130 and its facing blank. Small corner bend on second fold out plate. The box is worn, soiled, has edge and fold wear, and partially repaired fold separations. Overall a very good clean copy of this momentous publishing achievement. The original blocks, "rediscovered" in 1932 and used for this production, were destroyed in an Allied bombing raid during World War II. From the collection of Pat and Michael York.

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