Friday, June 27, 2014

The new Fabrica

A very special - and very heavy - delivery from Switzerland brought us a worthy addition to our rare book collections. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius, Karger has published a monumental English translation of De humani corporis fabrica, the Renaissance masterpiece of anatomy.

Above: Image from Karger Publishers

The two hefty volumes are a comprehensive translation of Vesalius's text from Latin into English, integrated with the work's famous illustrations in a user-friendly presentation. This edition is the result of a lengthy collaboration between classicist Daniel H. Garrison and otolaryngologist Malcolm H. Hast, both of Northwestern University.

Our copy has already been cataloged for the History of Medicine Collection, where it will join other significant editions of Vesalius's work, including our 1555  and 1934 editions of Fabrica, and a 1564 Epitome (the abridged edition of Fabrica).

 Above: Our copy, waiting to be shelved in our History of Medicine Collection

We often share our 1555 Vesalius with classes and tour groups - while they marvel over the illustrations, few can read the original Latin text. Having a scholarly English translation of Vesalius will greatly enrich these experiences.