Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica libri septem…[On the fabric of the human body in seven books].
This is the 1555 Basel edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body) by the Belgian anatomist Andreas Vesalius (1514-64). Like Copernicus' work on the solar system, this work was revolutionary. It helped correct huge misconceptions surrounding the structure of the human body, many of which had prevailed since the time of Galen. Vesalius was twenty-eight when the book was published. He transported the woodcuts to Basel as he wanted it to be printed by Joannis Oporini, an important Swiss printer. The superb woodcuts are based on his own drawings, with those in the first two books executed by the artist Johannes Stephanus, an employee of the Venetian artist Titan. On publication, many realised there was still much to discover about the human body and its structure.
Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica libri septem…[On the fabric of the human body in seven books]. Basel: Joannem Oporinum [Joannis Oporini], 1555.