Thursday, March 31, 2011

Anatomical flap books

Duke University Library's online version of their exhibit Animated Anatomies has been making the rounds here, and it's absolutely stunning. I'm particularly impressed by the beautiful job of photographing these complex and delicate anatomical flap books.

We recently acquired a wonderful example of the genre, about which more later. I was a bit frustrated to find that there's no solid subject heading or genre term that would help us identify other examples in our collections. Fortunately, the exhibits staff at Duke have started assembling a bibliography of flap books, which I've used to uncover the following in our library:

Bartisch, George. Ophthalmodouleia, das ist Augendienst: newer und wolgegruendter Bericht von Ursachen und Erkentnues aller Gebrechen, Schaeden und Maengel der Augen und des Gesichtes, wie man solchen anfenglich mit gebuerlichen Mitteln begegenen, vorkommen und wehren, auch wie man alle solche Gebresten kuenstlich durch Artzney, Instrument und Handgrieffe curiren, wircken und vertreiben sol. Ilkey, Eng: Scolar Press, 1970. [facsimile of the 1583 edition]

Hollick, Frederick. The Origin of Life and Process of Reproduction in Plants and Animals: With the Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Generative System, Male and Female, and the Causes, Prevention and Cure of the Special Diseases to Which It Is Liable ; a Plain, Practical Treatise, for Popular Use. Philadelphia: D. McKay, 1902.

Knox, James Suydam, David Wilson Graham, and John E. Owens. Physicians' Anatomical Aid. Chicago: Webster Pub. House, 1888.

Richardson, Joseph Gibbons, William Henry Ford, C. C. Vanderbeck, and James P. Wood. Medicology, or Home Encyclopedia of Health: A Complete Family Guide. New York: University Medical Society, 1901.

Below is a peek at our Physicians' Anatomical Aid:

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