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    The Second Latin Edition of Cowper's
    Human Anatomy, with 119 Engraved Plates

    [Anatomy]. William Cowper. Anatomia Corporum Humanorum Centum et Viginti Tabulis... Utrecht: Nicholaus Muntendam, 1750. Second Latin edition. Folio. Approximately 20.5 x 14 inches. With engraved frontispiece, title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette and accompanying explanatory text leaves. Complete with 119 engraved plates on 118 leaves, including three folding plates. Bound in twentieth century half vellum over marbled boards. Binding somewhat soiled, with some light rubbing, some toning, foxing and thumbsoiling to text and plates, with plate 10 (a folding plate), with some tears. Bookplates. Overall, a near fine copy of this impressive text.
    "With this work, first published in English in 1698, Cowper provided one of the better-known stories of theft in medical history. Of the 114 plates in this collection, only nine were original with Cowper. All of the others were the work of Bidloo and were published in his Anatomia Humani Corporis in 1685. Cowper obtained three hundred sets of Bidloo's plates, pasted his own name over that of Bidloo on the title page, made a few corrections in ink, added nine plates of his own, translated the text into English, and published the whole under his own name. Bidloo, naturally incensed over this plagiarism, arraigned Cowper before the Royal Society, and the two engaged in an exchange of polemical writings." (Heirs of Hippocrates, discussing the first Latin edition of 1739). Blake 102. Heirs of Hippocrates 468.
    From the Collection of Dr. Gerald Sugarman.


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