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Gibson, Anatomy of Humane Bodies Epitomized, 5th ed, 1697

Gibson, Anatomy of Humane Bodies Epitomized, 5th ed, 1697

The Anatomy of Humane Bodies Epitomized. Wherein All the Parts of Man’s Body, with their Actions and Uses, are succinctly described, according to the newest Doctrine of the most Accurate and Learned Modern Anatomists. The Fifth Edition, corrected and Inlarged both in the Discourse and Figures. By Tho. Gibson, M. D. Fellow of the College of Physicians, London. 1697.


Full contemporary Cambridge (paneled calf) style binding with raised bands and red leather title plate on spine. Leather of front board stained darker somewhat obliquely across board. A few mild scuffs and chips. Hinges starting to crack focally to exteriors but mostly intact and boards securely attached. Corners bumped. Ex libris (only partially pasted down) book plate of James Tait Goodrich on front paste down. Front hinge internally cracked; rear internal hinge starting to crack.


A few small folds and tears at bottom edges of some scattered leaves, none involving text or plates (most very far from the text). A few stray smudges at outer margins. Otherwise an exceptionally fresh copy. Leaves crisp. Clean, bright, and tight throughout.


Titulus on verso of ffep, full title, 5 pages To the Reader, 7 pgs Contents, i – vi Introduction, 1 – 626 text, blank. Complete with 20 plates (plate 17 is a personal favorite).


Measures: 7 5/8 x 4 ¾ 1 ¾ inches.


Thomas Gibson (1647 – 1722) was Physician-General to the English Army. His book was first published anonymously in 1682. It was well received and went into a second edition which was expanded and revised. The book relies “heavily upon Spiegel, Diemerbroeck, Thomas and Caspar Bartholin, Charleton, Glisson, Lower, Willis, Harvey, Malpighi, Warton, Stenson, de Graaf, and other well-known anatomists” (Heirs of Hippocrates 431; the 1684 ed).


Not in Garrison-Morton.