Compendiosa Totius Anatomie Delineatio [A complete delineation of the entire anatomy].

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Creator

Thomas Geminus

Title

Compendiosa Totius Anatomie Delineatio [A complete delineation of the entire anatomy].

Publisher

John Herford

Date

1545

Coverage

London

Description

Thomas Geminus (Thomas Lambert or Lambrit), an engraver, mathematician, and surgical instrument maker, published this book as an abridged and pirated copy of Vesalius’s Fabrica, originally published in 1543. It is illustrated with figures from both Vesalius’s Fabrica and Epitome and re-engraved in copperplate. The book was dedicated to Henry VIII who, five years earlier, had given assent to an act uniting the barbers’ and surgeons’ guilds. Later that same year, another act supplied cadavers to the newly formed Company of Barbers and Surgeons for dissection. This work would help provide greatly needed anatomical information to members of that guild.