Andreas Vesalius, 1504-1564. De Humani Corporis Fabrica libri septem.
Basileae ; ex officina Ioannis Oporini, 1543. Illustrated title-page,
initials, printers device on verso [leaf 17], three full page skeletal
figures; 18 full page muscle, vein and nerve figures, large portrait of
author, 182 smaller wood cuts.
The years 1542 to 1543 saw the printing of three most important treatises:
the Fabrica of Vesalius, the Revolutionibus of Copernicus and the Stirpium
of Fuchs, and thereby established a date considered as the beginning of
modern science. Vesalius, then 28, derived accurate information of the
body's structure and the function of its parts from actual dissections done