Tables Of The Skeleton And Muscles Of The Human Body, By Bernard Siegfried Albinus. Translated From The Latin.

Bernhard Siegfried Albinus

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Tabulae Sceleti Et Musculorum Corporis Humani., English., 1749.]


London:: Printed For John And Paul Knapton., M.DCC.XLIX.

Physical Description

[92] p., 3, 25 [i.e. 40] pl.: [1] illus. (t.p. vignette); 695 mm. (Broadsheet ).

General Note

In the first sequence of three plates there are bis pl. 1-3; in the second sequence of 25 pl. there are bis pl.1-9.


[T.p.] - An Account of the Work - [Plates 1-3, 1-25, with texts] - Index Musculorum.

Responsibility Note

The plates are all signed by their engravers - C. Grignion, G. Scotin, S. F. Ravenet or L. P. Boitard. No draughtsman is named, but the plates are copied from Jan Wandelaar's illustrations to the original edition (1747).

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

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


ESTC, T85947
See the bibliographic note the Latin version, Bernardi Siegfried Albini Tabulae Sceleti (1749).

Summary Note

Publication-dates of 1747, 1748 or 1749 are carried by the plates.

The plates show the human body set before scenic backgrounds (including a figure of a rhinoceros). Plates 1-9 are preceded by bis plates which are outline drawings keyed to the text.

In the same year the Knaptons published also a Latin version of this work.The work was originally published in 1747, and has been regarded as one of the high points of anatomic engraving.


Acquired after 1901.

Copy Note

Defective; lacks the first six plates (1-3 and 1-3 bis) and accompanying pages of text. Has a second copy of the title-page bound in at the end.

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 - Musculoskeletal system
Manuals - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


John Knapton, publisher
Paul Knapton, publisher
Nicholas Blakey, draughtsman
Simon François Ravenet ARA, engraver
Charles Grignion, engraver
Louis-Philippe Boitard, engraver
Jan Wandelaar, draughtsman
John and Paul Knapton, publisher