Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 364 (V.1.1)
Title: Anatomical Tables
Images: [ MS Hunter 364 frontispiece ] [ MS Hunter 364 Table 3 ]
Date of Creation: Between 1499 and 1599
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Master John Banister's Anatomical Tables, with Figures. The paintings comprise a portrait of Banister delivering an anatomical lecture at the Barber-Surgeons' Hall c 1580 and double-sided 'tables' showing anatomical instruments and animals on a dissecting table; views of the skeleton, nervous system, muscles, veins and internal organs.
Begins (f. 1 recto line 1): The explication of the figures
Ends (f. 11 verso col. a, line 41): n. o. the midreif
Two prices are pencilled on ii, 1 recto: "1- 1- 0" and "1 - 11- 6."
[Formerly P.1.6; T.1.5].
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 13 3/8 x 8 5/8, ff. 12 (or ff. 20 reckoning the pictures), well written in a small English hand, in double cols. of about 52 lines, each 9 x 3, margined with red, not ruled, no signatures, catchwords on every verso but the last two, foliation, in pencil, modern (fol. 8 omitted), illustrated with full-page pictures painted in oils on stout brown paper in 8 folios, each about 12 x 7 3/4 (see Remarks in Description), pictures damaged and repaired, otherwise fairly well preserved, no marginalia. Late Cent. XVI.
Binding: Original, millboards, covered brown calf (probably faded from black), gilt and blind-tooled with elaborate gold stamps centres and corners, originally tied with green silk tags, gilt edges, recently re-backed and re-covered. Late Cent. XVI.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 290.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Painting
Notes: Plates have been removed and mounted separately, in box shelved beside bound volume containing text.
A note on the reverse of a drawing in MS Hunter 655 reads: 'Sum water fo Mrs Bannester.' The hand is 17th century. The drawing, in black crayon, of a foot and of a man's head and torso is perhaps by William Cowper. May this suggest a Cowper provenance for MS Hunter 364?
Mrs. Davidson has a complete negative photostat of the text of V.1.1, and Mr. Cowper has negatives of all the plates. [Feb. 1964].
Bibliography: Frontispiece and item 1 are reproduced in Tarnya Cooper and Jane Eade, Elizabeth I & her people (London: National Portrait Gallery, 2013), no. 80 (pp 192-3); Tables 5 and 6 are reproduced in Marius Kwint and Richard Wingate, Brains: the mind as matter (Wellcome Collection: 2012) pp 64-65; J C Buckland-Wright, 'John Banester 1533-1610' in Notable Barber Surgeons, edited by Ian Burn (The Worshipful Company of Barbers, 2008) pp 95-116, including reproductions of some of the plates in MS Hunter 364; J.C. Buckland-Wright, 'Readers of anatomy at the Barber-Surgeons' Company in the Tudor period', Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, vol. 78 (Oct. 1985); J.J. Keevil, Medicine and the Navy, 1200-1900, vol. 1 (Edinburgh, E & S Livingstone, 1957); Charles Singer, Evolution of anatomy (1925), facing p. 174; G. Wolf-Herdegger, Die anatomische Sektion... (1967), no. 250; Michael Weill, Issues of death: mortalkity and identity in English Renaissance tragedy (Oxford, 1997), p. 112; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 290-291.
Exhibitions: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: Table 5 in 'Brains: the mind as matter', Wellcome Collection, London, 29 March-17 June 2012; frontispiece and item 1 in 'Elizabeth I and her people', National Portrait Gallery, London, 10 Oct. 2013-5 Jan. 2014.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: John Banister ?1540-?1610
Surgeon and author. Son of a minor official in the royal household, he served at sea and as surgeon with the army. He later studied medicine at Oxford and was admitted …
exhibition: Brains: the mind as matter 2012
Exhibition, , Wellcome Collection, London, 29 March-17 June 2012.
exhibition: Elizabeth I and Her People 2013-2014
Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 10 Oct. 2013-5 Jan. 2014.
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