(New York & Munich): New York Academy of Medicine & the Library of the University of Munich, 1934. Large folio. (308)pp. One of 615 copies printed at the Bremer Presse from the original wood blocks. A monumental work that reproduces the 1543 Basel edition of Vesalius’s De Humanis Corporis Fabrica, supplemented with woodcuts from the 1555 edition and from two additional works. The original publication of Vesalius’ Fabrica was a landmark event in the history of medicine, dramatically changing the “technical standards of anatomical illustrations, and indeed of book illustration in general.” The Bremer Presse edition was inspired by the 1932 discovery of 227 of the original wood blocks, which are joined in this publication by the title-page block of the 1555 edition. The publication also contains numerous collotype reproductions of the remaining blocks from these editions. With a powerful, calligraphed title page by Josef Lehnacker and fourteen other smaller titles. The care and skill with which the blocks were printed result in images which are superior to those produced in the sixteenth century. Unfortunately, the blocks were later destroyed in World War II. Laid in to this copy is a text leaf from the 1555 second edition, printed by Johannes Oporinus. A very fine copy bound in half pigskin and gilt-stamped brown boards by Frieda Thiersch. Housed in a later cloth clamshell box. Lacks “To the Reader” insert. Item #28548
(Bremer Presse 39).