Updated Census in USA of First Edition of Andreas Vesalius’ ‘De Humani Corporis Fabrica’ of 1543

Authors

  • Stephen N. Joffe Joffe Foundation
  • Veronica Buchanan University of Cincinnati Libraries Henry Winkler Center for the History of Health Professions

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3823/1622

Keywords:

Anatomy, Bones, Census, Dissection, Human, Vesalius, Printing, Illustrations, Physicians

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to confirm the locations and find previously unreported sites in the United States of America (USA) of the First Edition (1543) of the “De Humani Corporis Fabrica’ authored by Andreas Vesalius.

 

Contacts were made at institutions of higher learning, museums, libraries and an update of locations of the two previous studies by Cushing in 1943 and Horowitz and Collins in 1984.

 

A total of 64 copies of the 1543 Fabrica were recorded in 47 Universities and Institutional libraries in the USA.  Besides confirming their presence at the previously recorded sites, we have found 18 more copies in twelve additional facilities including further two copies with colored and tinted illustrations.

 

The majority of locations recorded by Cushing seventy years ago and subsequently reported thirty later by Horowitz and Collins are still in their original collections.

 

Location of first edition Vesalius in private collections were more difficult to locate and have reduced to six from at least ten since 1984 with mainly physician owners.

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2015-02-24

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Medical Humanities