REMMELIN, Johann (1583-1632); Michael SPAHER of Tyrol
A Survey of the Microcosme: or, The Anatomy of the Bodies of Man and Woman. Wherein The skin, veins, arteries, nerves, muscles, viscera, bones, and ligaments thereof are accurately Delineated, and so disposed by Pasting, as that all the Parts of the said Bodies, both Internal and External, are exactly represented in their proper site. Useful for all physicians, chyrurgeons, statuaries, painters, &c. By Michael Spaher of Tyrol, and Remilinus. Corrected by Clopton Havers, M. D. and Fellow of the Royal Society.
London: Dan. Midwinter, and Tho. Leigh, 1702. Folio. (16 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches). 10 pp. Printed title, engraved plate of the human body showing the skin and veins, 3 engraved plates or 'visio', with moveable parts, 4 pages of description for the plates, a little dust soiling and light old marginal dampstaining, heavier staining to left and lower margins, but generally in good condition and complete with all hinged overlays.
Contemporary calf over marbled boards with modern morocco backed cloth box chemise.
An early example of a book containing anatomical illustrations with interactive elements
One of the most elaborate early books with anatomical illustrations; the plates are copies of the original Latin edition of 1613. Although called 'second edition' there are now three earlier English issues known between 1675 and 1695 and there is one subsequent edition of 1738. The anatomical image with attached moveable flaps that, when lifted, reveal underlying layers that illustrate the organs, blood vessels, and bones of the human body is a type of print that was produced throughout the sixteenth and seventeeth century. The many different language editions and reeditions testify to the popularity of this genre. The tradition goes back to Strasbourg artist Heinrich Vogtherrs depiction of a seated woman of 1538 in which a flap on the womans belly can be lifted to reveal the organs inside. The present work illustrates the continuation of that tradition into the seventeenth century in England (The Metropolitan Museum of Art). All editions are very rare, particularly in good condition. It is not in fact by Michael Spaher, but by Johann Remmelin.
ESTC T147736; Russell 697.