This book provides bibliographic information, ownership records, a detailed worldwide census and a description of the handwritten annotations for all the surviving copies of the 1543 and 1555 editions of Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica.

It also offers a groundbreaking historical analysis of how the Fabrica traveled across the globe, and how readers studied, annotated and critiqued its contents from 1543 to 2017.

The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius

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The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius
A Worldwide Descriptive Census, Ownership, and Annotations of the 1543 and 1555 Editions
Authors: Dániel Margócsy, Mark Somos and Stephen N. Joffe

Additional information on this publication
  • See also the Vesalius Census page created by the authors.
  • See the article about this book as published in Nature:
    Sex, religion and a towering treatise on anatomy
    Andreas Vesalius’s illustrations of the human body baffled some early readers, as their marginalia reveal. Dániel Margócsy, Mark Somos and Stephen N. Joffe explain.

  • Maps showing the movement of the 1543 and 1555 editions
    These maps show the movement of all known copies of the 1543 and 1555 editions, the two printings that Vesalius himself supervised. Copies have always tended to follow wealth and economic power…

  • Video
    See more about “the making of” in this video presented by one of the authors, Dániel Margócsy
  • A full facsimile view of Fabrica on Arkyves
    Andreas Vesalius
    Andreae Vesalii Bruxellensis, scholae medicorum Patavinae professoris, de Humani corporis fabrica Libri septem
    Impressum: BASILEAE, EX OFFICINA IOANNIS OPORINI, Anno salutis reparatae MDXLIII. Mense Iunio.
    Edition: Basel · Johannes Oporinus · 1543
    Copy: Basel · Universitätsbibliothek · AN I 15folger_book_169158_ill226