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Flaesketorvet 68
1711 Koebenhavn V
Denmark
Contact Christian Westergaard
Nils Lundvang
Telephone +45 2762 8014
+45 2075 1233
Fax +45 6991 8469
Specialists Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Anatomy, Astronomy, General Science.
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‘A crucial precursor of Harvey’s discovery’

FABRICI, Girolamo (FABRICIUS AB AQUAPENDENTE, Hieronymus)

De venarum ostiolis, Padua: Lorenzo Pasquati, 1603 1603

First edition, very rare first separate issue (see below), “of the first systematic study of the structure, distribution and position of the venous valves. Although the valves of the veins had been observed previously by G.B. Canano and Amato Lusitano, Fabrici studied them anew on the basis of his own observations. Perhaps because he analyzed anatomical structures in terms of their purpose, he interpreted the function of the valves as slowing down the influx of blood in order to distribute it more evenly to the various parts of the body. Although Fabrici’s analysis was in part erroneous, De venarum ostiolis became his most influential work, in that it inspired his student, William Harvey, to conceptualize the circulation of the blood” (Norman). “The sumptuously printed folios which Fabricius published in 1603-1604 were issued separately, and unbound. Though they escaped Choulant’s notice, they are among the rarest and most beautiful works in the history of anatomical illustration. The plates are magnificent; in fact nothing on their scale had been seen since the days of Vesalius” (Franklin). The work is most often found bound as part of Fabricius’ Opera anatomica (1625), without a separate title page. Franklin cites only the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians, the Radcliffe Library (Oxford) and the New York Academy of Medicine – all copies bound up under the 1625 general title but with the 1603 title preserved – and a copy without separate title in the library of the Royal Society of Medicine. AE/RBH list only 6 copies since 1950.

❧Garrison-Morton 757; Grolier/Medicine 27B; Krivatsy 3831; Norman 750; Waller 2886.
£59,186