Auction 408 / Lot n° 2437

VALVERDE, Juan De (attivo 1560) - Anatomia del corpo umano. Rome: Antonio Salamanca e Antonio Lafrer [ma Venezia: Nicolo Bevilacqua], 1560. First edition of the Italian translation. Second issue with the title-page changed to 1560 (the first issue has the title-page date 1559). Basically, Valverde's forty-two plates are reduced, engraved copies of the originals in Vesalius; of these, fifteen are paraphrases, cannibalizations, or new inventions. The designs were drawn by Gaspar Becerra (1520?-68?) and engraved by Nicolas Beatrizet (c. 1507?-70?), a French artisan working in Michelangelo's circle in Rome as Nicola Beatricetto. Valverde was keen to issue an Italian translation of his work to prove to a wider audience that the text was his own and not merely a version of that of Vesalius: his justification for using copies (engraved, reduced and reversed versions) of Vesalius' woodcuts was that they enabled him to more clearly demonstrate the differences in their two theories. Folio (290 x 205mm). Engraved title and 42 full-page engraved illustrations attributed to Gaspar Becerra and engraved by Nicolas Beatrizet, some small marginal woodcuts (title and final leaf soiled and with some wear, some waterstaining, few small marginal clean tears, tiny burn hole in I5, some tiny wormholes, mainly marginal). Near contemporary calf. Provenance: Giuseppe ?Salautrino (contemporary ownership inscription) - I.P.S. (initials on title) - unidentified ink ownership inscription erased in ink on title and some annotations.

Estimate 500.00 - 800.00€