A Compleat System Of The Blood-Vessels And Nerves, Taken From Albinus's Edition of Eustachius, Also From Ruysch, Vieussens, Du Verney, Haller, Trew, and J. B. Surgeon at Avignon; Beautifully Engraved on Large Copper Plates, With Tables of Explanation, Containing the Text of Eustachius, Albinus, &c. Translated Into English. To Which Are Prefixed Three Whole-Length Anatomical Figures, Representing The External Parts of the Human Body in both Sexes.

Bernhard Siegfried Albinus

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Uniform Title

[Explicatio tabularum anatomicarum Barth. Eustachii., English., 1758.]


London:: Printed For John Knapton., MDCCLVIII.

Physical Description

[36] p., 3, 4 [i.e. 8]pl.: [1] illus. (t.p. vignette);695 mm. (Broadsheet.)

General Note

In the second sequence of plates there are bis plates 1-4.


[T.p.] - Three Whole Length Anatomical Figures... [with pl. 1-3] - A Compleat System Of The Blood-Vessels And Nerves [with pl. 1-4 and bis 1-4].

Responsibility Note

The first sequence of plates, numbered I-III, are signed as engraved by G. Scotin or S. F. Ravenet; they carry no draughtsman's name, but their accompanying leaf of text states that they are 'Taken from Bidloo's Anatomy, And Enlarged', i.e. from G. Bidloo's Anatomia (1685), illustrated by G. de Lairesse. The second sequence of plates, numbered I-IV and bis I-IV, are all signed as engraved by J. S. Müller, and carry no draughtsman's name.

Each numbered plate carries the publisher's imprint, 'Impensis J. & P. Knapton Londoni' (and the date).

The title-page vignette is signed as drawn by N. Blakey and engraved by G. Scotin.


ESTC, T85948
M. Cazort et al., The Ingenious Machine of Nature: Four Centuries Of Art And Anatomy [exhibition catalogue] (1996).

Summary Note

Plates I-III of the first group carry the dates 1750, 1750, 1748; plates I-IV of the second group and bis I-IV carry the dates 1750 or 1749. This is a reprint of the first, 1750, edition, except that the title-page of that edition carried the imprint, 'London: Printed By H. Woodfall, For John And Paul Knapton. M.DCC.L.'

Albinus's Explicatio tabularum anatomicarum Barth. Eustachii was originally published at Leiden in 1744.

This English version was earlier reissued in 1754.

Copy Note

Defective; lacks the leaf of text accompanying the first sequence of plates, I-III. The first sequence of plates, I-III, has been bound in before the title-page. The verso of the last plate carries a pencil drawing of a human head.

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; retaining earlier black morocco spine-label lettered, 'Anatomical Tables - The Muscles Blood Vessels And Nerves Of The Human Body - Albinus.' Bound with one other.


Anatomy - Human anatomy - Arteries - Nerves
Treatises - Manuals - Netherlands - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century