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Auction 102, Lot 529

"[Table 97]", Lairesse, Gerard de

Subject: Anatomy

Period: 1698 (published)

Publication: The Anatomy of Humane Bodies

Color: Black & White

11 x 17.5 inches
27.9 x 44.5 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 bones of the hands. 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

Faint foxing outside plate mark.

Estimate: $250 - $300


Closed on 3/5/2003