The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius

A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions

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This book provides bibliographic information, ownership records, a detailed worldwide census and a description of the handwritten annotations for all the surviving copies of the 1543 and 1555 editions of Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica. It also offers a groundbreaking historical analysis of how the Fabrica traveled across the globe, and how readers studied, annotated and critiqued its contents from 1543 to 2017. The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius sheds a fresh light on the book’s vibrant reception history and documents how physicians, artists, theologians and collectors filled its pages with copious annotations. It also offers a novel interpretation of how an early anatomical textbook became one of the most coveted rare books for collectors in the 21st century.
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Biographical Note

Dániel Margócsy, (PhD Harvard, 2009), is University Lecturer at the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He is author of Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Mark Somos (PhD Harvard, 2007; PhD Lugd. Bat., 2014) is Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg), Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Sussex Law School, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Grotiana.

Stephen N. Joffe, MBBCh (1967), MD (1976), was Professor of Surgery at University of Cincinnati. He has published multiple articles and textbooks on lasers in medicine and early anatomists.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations

1 Introduction
 1.1 Historical Background
 1.2 Research Methods for the Census
 1.3 Historiographical Intervention

2 A Valuable Book
 2.1 Historical Price Analysis
 2.2 Showcasing Ownership: Bindings
 2.3 Decoration and Function: Hand-Colored Copies

3 Provenance
 3.1 The Physician’s Book: Ownership between 1550–1650
 3.2 The Jesuit Century: Ownership between 1650–1750
 3.3 The Years of Change: Ownership between 1750–1850
 3.4 Vesalius in America: Ownership between 1850–1950
 3.5 The Global Fabrica: Ownership since 1950

4 Reading and Annotating the Fabrica: The Sporadic Reader  4.1 The Typical Reader: A Case Study from Los Angeles
 4.2 The Average Reader: A Frequency Analysis
 4.3 Scribbling at the Front: Fashioning the Reader and the Author
 4.4 Image and Text: Learning to See
 4.5 Personal Experience and Bookish Learning
 4.6 The Body in Parts: Generation and Control
 4.7 Creating Order: Corrections, Errata, and Search Techniques

5 Censorship: Controlling Reading
 5.1 Licensed Readers
 5.2 Soul and Sex

6 Conclusion

Guide to the Catalogue

CATALOGUE

1543 Editions



Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

China

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

France

Germany

Hungary

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Mexico

The Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Slovakia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States

1555 Editions



Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Canada

Czech Republic

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Hungary

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Mexico

The Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States

Copies Sold at Auctions Since 1990



1543 Editions

1555 Editions

Private Copies


1543 Editions

1555 Editions

Appendix
Bibliography
General Index
Index of Owners
Index of Places of Ownership

Readership

Readers interested in the history of medicine, science and the book, scientists, physicians, surgeons, artists, including librarians, auctioneers, rare book dealers and especially antiquarian and new book collectors.

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