REMMELIN, JOHANN. Catoptrum microcosmicum. 3 full-page engravings by Lucas Kilian after Remmelin showing male and female figures, including the torso of a pregnant woman, with numerous mounted engraved lift-up flaps illustrating successive anatomical layers. , 27 [i. e., 25],  pages, including engraved title with portrait on verso, and interleaved with blanks. Folio, 465x358 mm, disbound; chipping along edges and dog-earing in outer corners throughout, varying marginal soiling and dampstaining, title creased and torn with slight loss to border, fold-out portion of D1 loose, clean tear across M1, some flaps loose, some possibly missing. sold as is. Augsburg: David Franck, 1619
Estimate $800 - 1,200
first authorized edition,preceded by a 1613 version published without Remmelin's approval. "This is the first anatomical atlas to make extensive use of the flap method to depict the structure of the body. . . . The accompanying Latin text was a mixture of anatomy, physiology, and theology. It was not a good source for anatomical instruction and clearly was intended for lay persons interested in better understanding the human body. Nonetheless, Remmelin's work was very well received and later translated into German, French, Dutch, and English"--Heirs of Hippocrates 456. Choulant-Frank, pages 232-34.