Item Details

Call Number: Hunterian Av.1.14
Title: Fabrica
Date of Creation: Between 1499 and 1599
Place of Creation: Basel?, Switzerland
Level of Description: Item
Part of Hunterian
Content: A collection of 54 drawings from the Fabrica of Vesalius. [Basel?], 16th century.
With some manuscript text. Title-page may be a preparatory study for the printed title-page of Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (Basel, 1543); others appear to be tracings or copies from this printed edition.
Spine title: Desseins origin. de l'anatom. Vesale.
Bought by William Hunter for from the sale of Richard Mead's library, 1755.
Physical Description: Bound vol. 34 leaves. 49x34 cm. Gold-tooled red leather binding.
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Drawing
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'William Hunter, Book Collector', Glasgow University Library, Apr.-Sep. 1983
Bibliography: Jack Baldwin, William Hunter, 1718-1783, book collector: catalogue of an exhibition (Glasgow, 1983), no. 36; Harvey Cushing, A bio-bibliography of Andreas Vesalius (New York, 1943), pp 73-153, esp. p. 82; W.M. Ivins, 'What about the "Fabrica" of Vesalius' in S.W. Lambert, Willy Wiegand and W.M. Ivins, Three Vesalian essays to accompany the icones anatomicae of 1934 (New York, 1952), pp 45-99; Martin Kemp, 'A drawing from the Fabrica, and some thoughts upon the Vesalius muscle-men', Medical History, vol. 14 (1970), pp 277-88; Moritz Roth, 'Vesal, Estienne, Tizian, Leonardo da Vinci', Arch. Anat. Physiol. Leipzig, Bd 29 (1905), pp 79-95; Bd 30 (1906), pp 77-100; Bd 31 (1907), Suppl., pp 1-122; Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (Basel, 1543).
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

artist: Andreas Vesalius 1514-1564
Anatomist, S. Netherlands.
provenance: Richard Mead 1673-1754
Physician and collector of books and art. His collections were auctioned after his death; some items were purchased by William Hunter (1718-1793)
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