Becker Library’s Archives and Rare Books Division will host the Annual Display of Rare Anatomical Texts for the first time in virtual format on Friday, Dec. 4, from 2-3 p.m.
This popular annual exhibition is a unique opportunity to see a selection of spectacular medical works dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century up close. All are welcome to join us for the event on Zoom this year!
Some highlights of the Becker rare book collections include:
- First and second editions of Andreas Vesalius’ landmark work “De humani corporis fabrica,” which is credited as being the foundation of modern anatomy.
- Govard Bidloo’s “Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams,” known for the harsh sense of realism it brought to illustrating the process of dissection.
- Siegfried Albinus’ massive “Tabluae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani,” with its illustrations of skeletons and skinned musclemen posing against elaborate backgrounds.