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Title: Descriptio anatomica oculi humani iconibus illustrata
Description: Goettingae, Apud Vidvam B. Abrami Vandenhoeck, 1780. 4to. W. woodc. vign. on title and 7 engr. fold. pls. Recent full vellum. [a4, b4, A - Hh4]. (XVI, 248 pp.). (Printed title mounted, lower blank margin gone; Top righthand corner an obtrusive watersp. in quires L4 - Y4 (pp. 87 - 176) & less so in Cc4 to end (p. 207 - 248).) (Plates very good.). (Bookplate on upper paste down 'Da libri di Umberto Calamida'). Second edition. G&M, 1484 (First edition 1755): 'Zinn published a fine atlas of the human eye; he was the first adequately to decribe the "zonula of Zinn" and the "annulus of Zinn": Comp. Becker Coll. 426: 'Hirschberg and Duke Elder concur that this landmark work on the anatomy of the eye was THE FIRST COMPLETE WORK IN THE WORLD'S LITERATURE ON THIS SUBJECT. Zinn correctly described and depicted "fibra radiatae" and showed that a number of fiber bundles in the optic nerve is constant and continuous with those of the retina. Zinn, one of Haller's favourite pupils, distinguished himself in both anatomy and botany, becoming professor of medicine and director of the botanical gardens at Göttingen. The illustrations in this work, engraved by Joel Paul Kaltenhofer, mark a new plateau in the graphic representation of the eye, for it becomes, in the modern sense, recognizable both "in situ" in the orbit and enucleated.': Albert, e.a., Source Book, comp. item 2580: 'Zinn's masterpiece, and the first complete anatomy of the eye. Written long before it was possible to examine the interior of the living eye, the descriptions of the ciliary body, the iris, and the ocular blood vessels and nerves are remarkable for their precision and thoroughness.': Heirs of Hippocrates, comp. 966 (first ed. 1755): Münchow, p. 329, 464: Comp. Gorin pp. 60 - 61 Hirschberg para 463: Brit. Opt. Assoc. II, 117: Waller, Vol. I, item 10493 (1st ed. 1755): For the first edition, please see our database items 661 & 679.

Keywords: illustrated books engravings ophthalmology bookplates Bibliotheca Ex Bibl. van der Hoeven ex library

Price: EUR 1200.00 = appr. US$ 1304.22 Seller: Antiquariaat B.M.Israel B.V.
- Book number: 6312