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The Anatomy And Physiology Of The Human Body. By John And Charles Bell. - The Seventh Edition: In Which The Whole Is More Perfectly Systematized And Corrected By Charles Bell, F.R.S.L. & E. Fellow Of The Royal College Of Surgeons Of London And Edinburgh; Professor Of Physiology And Surgery To The University Of London; Formerly Professor Of Anatomy And Surgery To The Royal College Of Surgeons Of London; And Surgeon Of The Middlesex Hospital. - In Three Volumes. Vol. I. (- III.)

John Bell

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London: Printed For Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, And Green, Paternoster-Row; And T. Cadell, Strand, 1829

Physical Description

3 vols.; 220 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xxiv, 604 p., [1] pl.: illus. - Vol. II: xvi, 591, [1] p., [1], 2 pl. (two folding): illus. - Vol. III: xii, 471, [1], 6 pl.: illus.


Vol. I: [T.p.] - [Divisional t.p., 'The Anatomy Of The Human Body. Vol. I. Containing The Anatomy Of The Bones, Muscles, And Joints, The Heart And Circulation, And The Lungs.'] - Preface To The First Edition (1793) - Preface To The Sixth Edition (1826) - Contents Of The First Volume - [Text]; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - [Divisional t.p., 'The Anatomy Of The Human Body. Vol. II. Containing The Description Of The Arteries And The Veins, The Absorbing System, And The Brain And Nerves.'] - Contents Of The Second Volume - [Text]' [colophon]. - Vol. III: [T.p.] - [Divisional t.p., 'The Anatomy Of The Human Body. Vol. III. Containing The Anatomy Of The Organs Of The Senses, The Viscera Of The Abdomen, And The Male And Female Parts Of Generation.'] - Contents Of The Third Volume; To The Binder - Explanation Of The Plates. Plate IV.(-VI.) - [Text]; [colophon] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The plate of Vol. I is signed as made by J. Bell. The unnumbered plate of Vol. II is captioned as 'drawn by the Parisian dissectors'; the two numbered plates are unsigned. In Vol. III plates I and III are signed as engraved by D. Lizars, plates II, V and VI are unsigned, plate IV is signed as drawn by Chas. Bell and engraved by Skelton; and each plate in this volume carries the publishers' imprint of Logman, Rees & Co. and the date (Octr. 1826).

The printer is named on the versos of the title pages and in the colophons: 'London: Printed by A. & R. Spottiswoode, New-Street-Square.'


M. Cazort, The ingenious machine of nature: four centuries of art and anatomy [exhibition catalogue] (1996); K.B. Roberts and J.D.W. Tomlinson, The fabric of the body: European traditions of anatomical illustration (1992); K.F. Russell, British anatomy, 1525-1800: a bibliography (2nd ed., 1987); L. Rosner, Medical education in the age of improvement: Edinburgh students and apprentices 1760-1826 (1991).

Summary Note

The six plates of Volume III carry the publication-date of the sixth edition, Octr. 1826.

The unnumbered plate in Volume I is captioned and shows 'Sketch Representing the Backpart of the Heart ...'. In Volume II the unnumbered plate is captioned and shows 'The Ostrich's Lungs ...'; the first numbered plate is uncaptioned; the second is captioned 'Plan of the Nerves of Respiration'. The six numbered plates in Volume III are uncaptioned.


The verso of the front free-endpaper of volume I is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81. Purchased for RA Library in 1881 (see RA Annual Report for 1881, p. 46).

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; rebacked and recornered in 1990 by A.Wessely, red morocco spine-labels lettered 'Bell's Anatomy', spines lettered 'Vol. I (- III)'.


Anatomy - Physiology
Manuals - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century