Location of Both 1543 and 1555 Editions of Vesalius’ ‘Fabrica’ in the USA

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Stephen Joffe Veronica Buchanan, M.A.


The purpose of this study was to confirm the locations in the United States of America (USA) of the first (1543) and second edition (1555) of the “de Humani Corporis Fabrica” authored by Andreas Vesalius.


Contacts were made at institutions of higher learning, museums, libraries and an update of locations of previous studies in 1943 and 1984.


A total of 64 copies of the 1543 Fabrica and 58 copies of the 1555 Fabrica were recorded in University and Institutional Libraries in the USA.  Twenty-Six (54%) out of 48 locations having both editions.


The majority of locations recorded by Cushing in 1943 and subsequently by Horowitz and Collins in 1984 are still in their original collections.


Location and dual ownership in private collections were more difficult to locate.

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JOFFE, Stephen; BUCHANAN, M.A., Veronica. Location of Both 1543 and 1555 Editions of Vesalius’ ‘Fabrica’ in the USA. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 8, apr. 2016. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <https://esmed.org/MRA/mra/article/view/484>. Date accessed: 23 july 2024.
Anatomy, Bones, Census, Dissection, Human, Vesalius, Printing, Illustrations, Physicians, Ownership
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