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Author: Cowper, William, 1666–1709.
Author: Bidloo, Govard, 1649–1713.
Artists: Lairesse, Gérard de, 1640–1711 (first 105 plates); and Cook, Henry, 1642–1700 (final 9 plates)
Engravers: Blooteling, Abraham, 1640–1690 (first 105 plates); and Gucht, Michiel van der, 1660–1725 (final 9 plates) .

Title: The anatomy of humane bodies.

Full title on title page: The anatomy of humane bodies, with figures drawn after the life by some of the best masters in Europe, and curiously engraven in one hundred and fourteen copper plates, illustrated with large explications, containing many new anatomical discoveries, and chirurgical observations, to which is added an introduction explaining the animal oeconomy, with a copious index.

Publication: Oxford : Printed at the Theater, for Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford ... London, 1698.

Collation: [144] p., 105 + 9 leaves of plates (some folded) ; 58 cm. (folio).

General notes:

Cowper's new English text, with 105 plates by Gérard de Lairesse and Abraham Blooteling previously published in Govard Bidloo's Anatomia.
The final 9 plates in the Appendix were drawn by Henry Cook and engraved by Michiel van der Gucht.
Frontispiece portrait, painted by John Closterman, engraved in mezzotint by John Smith.
Woodcut initials and tail-pieces.


ESTC (RLIN) R10024
Garrison-Morton (5th ed.), no. 385.1
Russell, K.F. British anatomy (2nd ed.), no. 211
Wellcome cat. of printed books, vol. II, p. 401
Wing C6698

Call number: WZ 250 C876a 1698 OV2