Ruysch, F.

Thesaurus anatomicus primus - decimus; Curae posteriores seu Thesaurus anatomicus omnium praecedentium maximus; Curae renovatae, seu, Thesaurus anatomicus post curas posteriores, novus.

Published 1721-1729
Item ID 73438

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Amsterdam, Jansson-Waesberg, 1721-1729. 12 parts in one. 4to (23.8 x 18.4 cm). 12 title pages; 47 engraved plates of which seven larger, folded. Later half calf over marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands; compartments with gilt vignettes and red morocco label with gilt title. All edges red.

A complete copy, mostly in second edition (first: 1701-1716, except for the Curae posteriores and Curae renovatae, which are here in first edition), with the parts dated as follows: Primus 1721, Secundus 1722, Tertius-Quartus 1724; Quintus 1725, Sectus 1724, Septimus 1726, Octavus 1727, Nonus 1726, Decimus 1729, Curae posteriores 1724, Curae renovatae 1728. Written by the Dutch medical doctor and zoologist Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), author of several important medical works, and several natural history studies including the Thesaurus animalium (1710). "Ruysch, professor of anatomy at Leyden and Amsterdam, is notable for his method of injecting the vessels. ... He gave the first description of bronchial blood vessels and vascular plexuses of the heart, demonstrated the valves of the lymphatics, and made a great number of other important discoveries in anatomy" (Garrison-Morton, p. 53). "Ruysch gathered a collection of anatomical specimens and curiosities so large, that it was exhibited in several rented houses in Amsterdam. This 'cabinet' became so famous, that it became a tourist attraction. Peter the Great eventually purchased the collection. The illustrations are so well-executed, that they deserve special mention for their whimsical, almost surrealistic, quality: quaintly posed skeletons surrounded by stuffed monsters, strange reptiles, dried plants and sea creatures." ( Heirs of Hippocrates). Vague small stamp in the top margin of the first title; some (damp) staining, and smuding the lower margins of a few plates; a few, skilful repairs, otherwise good. Eimas, R. (ed.) Heirs of Hippocrates: The Development of Medicine in a Catalogue of Historic Books in the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the University of Iowa, 617; Garrison-Morton, 389.

Complete with the Curae posteriores and Curae renovatae

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