- Exceptionally fine copy apart from the following minor imperfections: a few lvs. w. some minimal waterstains. Spine-ends chipped; covers sl. chafed.
= Three plates with skeletons (each w. accomp. key leaf); 25 plates to the Musculorum section (9 plates w. accomp. key leaf); 34 plates to the Ossium humanorum section (each w. accomp. key leaf); 7 plates to Uteri mulieris gravidae; 1 plate "Tabula vasis chyliferi (...)" (w. the accomp. textleaf). Presented by the Rector Magnificus of Leyden University Hendricus Albertus Schultens to his physician w. manuscript dedication on first blank 1st vol.: "Henrico Cuypers medico experientissimo, viro probo, amico fido Henricus Albertus Schultens, hunc librum dono dat (...)".
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 LIII.