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Auction 102, Lot 525

"[Table 18]", Lairesse, Gerard de

Subject: Anatomy

Period: 1698 (published)

Publication: The Anatomy of Humane Bodies

Color: Black & White

12.5 x 18.5 inches
31.8 x 47 cm

Large copperplate engraving originally appearing in Bidloo's superb atlas, one of the most striking and innovative anatomical atlases ever published. Bidloo's Anatomia with its innovative engravings by Lairesse was among the first to portray human anatomy in a naturalistic manner from actual dissections. This plate features the dissection of a neck. Complete with the accompanying text leaf describing the plate. Such realistic detail was not seen again in anatomical illustration until the beginning of the nineteenth century. It is from the second edition issued in English by Thomas Cowper from the plates he purchased from Bidloo.


Condition: A

Couple of very faint spots of foxing.

Estimate: $250 - $300


Closed on 3/5/2003