- Contents of the plate vol. loose, but later stitched together in 15 parts. Lacks two plates: "Musculorum tabula VI" (key leaf present) and the final plate of Tabulae VII. uteri mulieris gravidae cum jam parturiret mortuae. Four leaves w. stain on verso vaguely visible on recto; 3 plates of the Musculatorum section waterstained in image (plates 20, 21 and 22); a few plates waterstained in blank margins (2x touching the name of B.S. Albini in top margin); several sm. green inkstains strictly in outer blank margin of part of the plates (not exceeding 5x5 mm.); some plates sl. frayed in blank margin; engr. text leaves sl. yellowed. All plates with vaguely visible and unobtrusive horizontal crease. Most plates, however, are in fine condition. Binding of the plate vol. badly dam. and covers loose; binding of text vol. dam. (lacks backstrip and leather over covers partly lacking).
= The 5 parts of which this copy consists are the text vol. and 4 plate sections: 3 plates with skeletons (each w. accomp. key leaf); 34 plates to the Ossium humanorum section (each w. accomp. key leaf); 24 (of 25) plates to the Musculorum section (8 plates w. accomp. key leaf); 1 plate "Tabula vasis chyliferi (...)" (the accomp. textleaf bound in text vol.); 7 plates to Uteri mulieris gravidae.
The magnum opus of Albinus, professor of surgery at Leyden. The splendid plates are the result of 30 years of collaboration between the scholar Albinus and the artist Wandelaar, pupil of Fokkema and De Lairesse and illustrator of many 18th cent. books published in the Netherlands. "Albinus's Tabulae selecti et musculorum, based on his concept of the "ideal man" (homo perfectus), is among the most artistically perfect of anatomical atlases. Albinus and his artist Jan Wandelaar used some ingenious methods to prepare the illustrations (...) with the aid of compass and ruler. In addition Wandelaar placed his skeletons and musclemen against lush ornamental backgrounds to give them the illusion of vitality, using contrasts of light and mass to produce a three-dimensional effect. The most famous plate in the atlas depicts a skeletal figure standing in front of an enormous grazing rhinoceros, sketched by Wandelaar from the first living specimen in Europe, which had arrived at the Amsterdam zoo in 1741." (Norman Library 29). Wellcome II, p.26; Heirs of Hippocrates 831; Garrison-Morton 399; Choulant-Frank p.276-283. SEE ILLUSTRATIONS PLATE LXXXV.