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Historia De la composicion del cuerpo humano, escrita por Ioan de Valverde de Hamusco.

Juan de Valverde de Hamusco

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Impressa por Antonio Salamanca, y Antonio Lafrerii,, En Roma.: Año de M. D. LVI.

Physical Description

[12], 106, [59] f.: [42] illus.; 292 mm. (In sixes.)

General Note

Among the fifty-nine unnumbered leaves of text there are forty-two full-page illustrations, numbered 'Tab. Primera (-Setima) Del Lib. Primero; Tab. Primera (-Deziseysena) Del Lib. Degundo; Tab. Primera (-Sesta) Del Lib. Terzero; Tabla De Las Fig. Del IIII. Lib.; Tab. Primera (-Tercera) Del V. Libro; Tab. Primera (-Quinta) Del Lib. Sesto; Tab. Primera (-Quarta) Del Lib. VII'. The first, unnumbered leaf carries the engraved title-plate on its recto and the printed privilege on its verso. The 'Registro delos quadernos' lists the variations in the gatherings.


[T.-pl.; privilege, dedic.] - Al Letor - Tabla De Los Capitulos - Tabla De Todas Las Cosas Notables ... - Prologo; [Text, with illus.] - Registro delos quadernos - Los herrores cometídos en el estampar ... .

Responsibility Note

There are no signatures of draughtsman or engraver on the engraved title-plate, the full-page illustrations, or the decorative initials. But the artist was possibly Gaspar Becerra; the engraver was Nicolas Beatrizet.

The work is dedicated by the author to Ioan De Toledo Cardenal.


M. Cazort et al., The Ingenious Machine of Nature [exhibition catalogue] (1996); K.B. Roberts and J.D.W. Tomlinson, The fabric of the body: European traditions of anatomical illustration (1992), p. 210-220; F. Guerra, 'Juan de Valverde de Amusco', in Clio Med., 2 (1967), p. 339-62; L.L. Szladits, 'The influence of Michelangelo on some anatomical illustration', in Journal of the history of medicine and allied sciences, 9 (1954), p.420-7; A.W. Meyer and S.K. Wirt, 'The Amuscan illustration', in Bulletin of the history of medicine, 14 (1943), p. 667-87.

Summary Note

The illustrations of Valverde's book are redrawn and engraved copies of about two thirds of Vesalius's woodcuts. One print shows a flayed man holding a human skin, an image perhaps derived from Michelangelo's depiction of St Bartholomew in the Sistine Chapel.


Purchased for RA Library in 1880 (see RA Annual Report for 1880, p. 41).

Binding Note

18th-century calf; spine lettered 'Anat Valverd' and 'R.A.'


Manuals, Spanish - Italy - 16th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 16th century


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