Icones musculorum capitis, utpote faciei, aurium, oculorum, linguae, pharingis. David Cornelis de Courcelles, b. 1710.
Icones musculorum capitis, utpote faciei, aurium, oculorum, linguae, pharingis.
Icones musculorum capitis, utpote faciei, aurium, oculorum, linguae, pharingis.
Icones musculorum capitis, utpote faciei, aurium, oculorum, linguae, pharingis.
Icones musculorum capitis, utpote faciei, aurium, oculorum, linguae, pharingis.
Icones musculorum capitis, utpote faciei, aurium, oculorum, linguae, pharingis.
Icones musculorum capitis, utpote faciei, aurium, oculorum, linguae, pharingis.

Icones musculorum capitis, utpote faciei, aurium, oculorum, linguae, pharingis.

Leiden: expensis autoris ex typographia Dammeana, 1743.

Price: $7,500.00

Quarto: 28.5 x 24 cm. [4], 83, [4] p. Plus 8 folding engraved plates. Collation : *2, A-D4, E-R2

FIRST EDITION.

Bound in contemporary three-quarter calf and speckled paper over boards with gold-tooled spine (hinges rubbed, corners bumped, boards a bit scuffed, sm. defects at head and foot of spine). A very good copy complete with all of the plates. Verso of final leaf lightly soiled. Leading edges of three plates a little soiled and a little frayed. Ink smudge in margin of leaf F1, a little light dampstaining. The eight macabre plates show, in detail, the various muscles of the head. The heads are shown in various states of dissection.

A very rare book describing and illustrating in detail the muscles of the head. Another issue with a Dutch title page appeared in the same year. These striking plates were copied, thirty years later, for use in Arnaud-Éloi Gautier d’Agoty’s “Cours complet d’anatomie”.

The first part of the book comprises eight sections, one for each image, naming (in Latin) each of the muscles depicted on the plates (tabulae). The second part, the text proper (in Dutch), gives an in-depth description of each muscle and its function.

“Courcelles was a medical graduate of Leiden where he was a student of Albinus. He published his medical dissertation on the muscles of the sole of the foot at the time of his graduation in 1739 and it later was incorporated into Albinus' “Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis hominis”. The present work concentrates on the muscles of the head and face and continues in the fine artistic tradition of Albinus. The introduction and explanation of the plates are in Latin and the text has been translated into Dutch.”(Eimas)

Rare. Nine copies in the U.S. (Dartmouth, NYAM, NLM, Chicago, Iowa, Yale, UCLA, Michigan, Harvard.).

Blake, p. 101. Wellcome II, p. 399. Walleriana 2184. Dawson, p. 137. Eimas, Heirs of Hippocrates, no. 900

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