Valencia, Biblioteca Historicomédica, D-44bis

Historia de la Composición del Cuerpo Humano Facsimile Edition

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The work of Valverde was the text which most contributed, due to the fact of its 16 editions in four languages, to spreading the new anatomy throughout Europe following the reform headed by Andreas Vesalius.

It was the first morphological book illustrated with traced prints.

It includes 42 illustrations, some replicas of those by Vesalius and other originals, which as a whole offer important scientific innovation.

Its drawing has been attributed to Gaspar Becerra who, in any case, appears to be the author of the famous print of the "muscular man", whose state is clearly influenced by Michelangelo.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Historia de la Composición del Cuerpo Humano": Historia de la Composicion del Cuerpo Humano facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 1998

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Historia de la Composicion del Cuerpo Humano

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 1998

  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Historia de la Composición del Cuerpo Humano: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile, printed on specially made laid paper, is contained in a cloth-lined presentation case with gold engraved leather spine.

A Spanish essay by José María López Piñero (Former Head of the Instituto de Estudios Documentales e Históricos de la Ciencia of the Universitat de València, CSIC) is included in the commentary volume "Bibliofilia Antigua V", available separately. 


Parchment on wooden board.

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