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Anatomical print. TAB. XXXVI.
Selling price: $140
Sold in 2013
In 1552, with the intent of publishing a text on anatomy, Eustachi and Pier Matteo Pini completed drawings and supervised the creation of copperplate engravings done by Giulio de' Musi.
However, Eustachi only completed descriptive text for eight of the 38 plates; thus, these eight became the only illustrations published during his lifetime.
Upon Eustachi's death, all published and unpublished plates passed to Pini and were eventually deposited in the Vatican Library.
One hundred and fifty years later, papal physician Giovanni Maria Lancisi (1654-1720) discovered Eustachi's plates in the Vatican. Lancisi added his own narrative to those plates that did not have a commentary by Eustachi and published the work in 1714 as Tabulae anatomicae.
Reference: Choulant-Frank, pp. 200-202. Garrison-Morton 391. Norman 740. Wellcome II, p. 536.
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