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On the Fabric of the Human Body Facsimile Edition

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Before Vesalius, the dissection of human bodies involved an anatomist reading from an anatomy text at the lectern, and a specialist surgeon performing the dissection according to the anatomist's instructions. Vesalius was highly critical of this approach and established the tradition of the anatomist personally wielding the scalpel.

The sixteenth century was the height of the European Renaissance, and the year of Fabricas publication also marked the publishing of Copernicus' theory of heliocentrism, making 1543 the beginning, many say, of modern scientific history.

The Epitome, meaning "summary," was often used during actual dissectionsEpitome is designed so that diagrams showing blood vessels and internal organs can be cut out and laid over a diagram of the nervous system to show the relationship between their positions. Because copies were pored over so frequently and the diagrams cut out, only a handful of complete copies of Epitome are extant.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "On the Fabric of the Human Body": Andreas Vesalius Fabrica and Epitome Set facsimile edition, published by Maruzen-Yushodo Co. Ltd., 2015

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Andreas Vesalius Fabrica and Epitome Set

Tokyo: Maruzen-Yushodo Co. Ltd., 2015

  • Commentary (English, Japanese) by Sakai, Tatsuo; Cryns, Frederik
  • Limited Edition: 100 copies
  • Collection: a selection of documents associated by a common thread and collected by the publisher in a single edition.

A luxurious box contains both facsimiles and commentary volume. The selection of the paper, the book design, printing, and binding are the result of the partnership between Yushodo and Wydawnictwo Tadeusz Serocki in Pelplin, Poland.


The Fabrica facsimile is luxuriously bound in tanned, hand-colored bovine leather, with a banded leather spine.

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