Publisher Information: Goettingen: Vandenhoek, 1743-56.
Haller, Albrecht von (1708-1777). Iconum anatomicarum quibus praecipuae partes corporis humani delineatae continentur. 8 facsicles in 1, folio. Variously paginated. 47 engraved plates (some folding). Göttingen: Abram Vandenhoeck [fascicles I-IV]; Widow of Abram Vandenhoeck [fascicles VI-VIII], 1743-1756. 470 x 290 mm. Contemporary gilt-bordered calf, rebacked with corners repaired. A few tears in plates, light staining, but very good. The Haskell F. Norman copy, with his bookplate.
First Edition. The eight fascicles of Haller’s Icones anatomicae contain a total of forty-seven plates. “The order of the subjects is purely accidental, depending upon the author's occasional necessities of making some accurate dissections of certain organs. Besides the general views of the system of the arteries of the whole body, as given in the last four plates, various other plates represent on a larger scale almost all the arteries of special sites and organs, with the surrounding parts. There will further be found special representations of the diaphragm, the spinal cord, the uterus and its appendages, the omentum, the base of the skull, and the heart” (Choulant, History of Anatomical Illustration, p. 290). Haller used a decimalized system in numbering his anatomic observations, obtaining thereby a greater knowledge of the frequency of different variants; he used the principle of greatest frequency as the anatomic norm. Because these beautiful anatomical studies were published over thirteen years, a complete set is very rare. Garrison-Morton.com 397. Norman 974.Book Id: 45031