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      Sale 2348 | Lot 278
      Price Realized: $50,000With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2348 Lot 278

        VESALIUS, ANDREAS. Compendiosa totius anatomie delineatio. 47 engraved plates on 40 leaves by Thomas Geminus after Jan van Calcar. [45] leaves, including engraved title with architectural border and arms of Henry VIII. Broadsheet, 390x269 mm, modern vellum boards; marginal soiling and dampstaining on text leaves, scattered stains affecting some plates, title margin restored in lower outer corner, lines in dedication referring to Henry VIII as the defender and supreme head of the Church of England and Ireland inked out, small rust hole in blank portion of plate facing C3v, paper crack in plate facing F4r, first plate of cerebral anatomy cropped in outer margin slightly entering images, with blank lower outer corner restored. Signature of Gaspar Alferi and embossed stamp of Dr. Antonio Rota on title. London: John Herford, October 1545

        Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

        first edition of the first work on vesalian anatomy published in england, an unauthorized abridgment of Vesalius's Epitome with illustrations copied from the Epitome and Fabrica by Thomas Geminus (d. 1562), a Belgian emigré engraver and printer. This has generally been regarded as the first plagiarism of Vesalius, although Geminus acknowledged him in the text. It was the second English book with engraved illustrations (after the 1540 Byrth of Mankynde, also with plates by Geminus) and the first with an engraved title page. Cushing VI.C.-2; Durling 2039; Garrison-Morton 376.1; Norman 886; Russell 830; STC 11714.


        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $50,000

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