Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Latin Translation of Cowper's
    The Anatomie of Humane Bodies

    William Cowper. Anatomia Corporum Humanorum Centum et Quatuordecim Tabulis... Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: Joannem Arnoldum Langerak, 1739. First Latin edition of Cowper's The Anatomy of Humane Bodies (1698). (Approximately 14 x 20.25 inches). Additional engraved title page, title page in red and black with vignette, large engraved initials and tail-pieces. 115 engraved plates by Gerard de Lairesse, originally done for Govert Bidloo's Anatomia Humani Corporis (1685), two of which are folding. Plate number 10 is usually a folding plate; however, in this copy its upper and lower parts are bound separately (the lower part to be found after plate number 12).

    Bound in full mottled calf, six raised bands, gilt lettered title label and gilt decorations in compartments, marbled endpapers. Binding rubbed, scuffed, and chipped, small tears at extremities. Corners and spine ends bumped. Joints cracked. Bookseller's pencil notes on verso of rear free endpaper. Small holes from biopredation in lower margins dwindling from front endpapers through textblock; small holes in the upper margins emerging from Zz1 through to the rear endpapers, none affecting texts or images. Some image offset from plates. Ink stain in text and initial letter on recto of Y1, small ink stain in background of plate numbered 48, small hole in outer margin of Qq1 not affecting text. Plate 91 with small burn hole in outer margin, not affecting image. Appendix folding tab. 3 with a small mirrored stain in outer right border, not affecting image. Pages with light edge wear and corner bends, few small edge tears, dust shadows in margins, creases, foxing, occasional soiling and smudging. Overall a very good copy. From the collection of Pat and Michael York.

    Garrison-Morton 385, Norman II 389.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2016
    6th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 603

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $200,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $200,000 and $2,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 44 days left to consign to the 2020 April 23 Historical Manuscripts Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,022,424