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These copperplate engravings are from our copy of John Browne’s Myographia nova sive Musculorum omnium printed in 1694.  Browne (1642-1702) is credited with providing the first description of cirrhosis of the liver, but the Myographia is not a particularly original work.  Many of the anatomical figures were copies of the figures created for Julius Casserius, but they lack the artistic elegance of the originals.  

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Here is another version of a Copperplate O – a rather puristic one – I recorded some days ago. I wanted to show it to you because this is my actual writing speed 😉.

This copperplate engraving, which appears in our copy of Robert Fludd’s Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, is probably one of the most spectacular images found in our entire rare book collection.  Fludd (1574-1637) was a British physician and philosopher who had both a deep appreciation for the works of Paracelsus and a keen interest in the occult.  Many of his works contain beautiful and cryptic illustrations that depict his theory of cosmology, which was based on Neo-Platonic idea of the microcosm and macrocosm - the idea that the universe and its component parts, including man, are all organized along the same principles.

If you look very closely at this engraving, you can see that the opposites reflect one another: man, gold, and the sun are on the left; woman, silver, and the moon are on the right.  What other symbols do you see?

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That’s probably really one of my very favourite letters … such a charming little Copperplate H. This is a version I mixed from different exemplars from Valliciergo … the gold is Schmincke’s Gold Pearl with some drops of walnut ink – the hairlines show up better like this imho – on Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper. Have a lovely long weekend everybody 😍!
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Beautiful copperplate images from Adriaan van de Spiegel's De formato foetu liber singularis, published in Padua in 1626.  They were drawn by Odoardo Fialetti and engraved by Francesco Valesio for the anatomist Julius Casserius, professor of anatomy at the University of Padua. Casserius died before publishing his anatomical atlas, and the plates were eventually acquired by a physician named Liberale Crema, who used them to illustrate his father-in-law Adriaan van de Spiegel’s text on generation.

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“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that’s where I imagine it - there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”
― Haruki Murakami