The Vesalius Census


A List of New Copies

Updates to the Census

The Vesalius Census is not over. We are still on the lookout for new copies of the Fabrica. We are posting new entries on this page to update the catalogue of our books. The catalogue numbers follow the system used in our book. 


Bibliothèque municipale d’Angers
Call No.:
Rés SA 2570

We now have further information on the early owners and annotator of this volume, thanks to the researches of Marc Edouard Gautier at the Bibliothèque municipale d’Angers. 

Provenance: Probably the Angers physician Pierre Piau I, called Piculus (MD Angers 1554, d. 1598); his son, the Angers physician Pierre Piau II (MD Angers 1590, d. 1616), whose library is probably donated to the Carmelite convent of Angers, where he was buried; enters the current collection during the revolutionary confiscations in the 1790s. Possessor’s note “Carmes / Dangers” on frontispiece and on p. 353; oval stamp of “Bibliothèque d’Angers” from before 1860; old shelfmark “O.2/1” on pastedown; rectan- gular stamp of “Bibliothèque de la ville d’Angers” on p. 61 and Mm7v.

Annotations: Either Pierre Piau I or Pierre Piau II, who also annotates a copy De vera mensurarum ponderumque ratione opus, also preserved at Angers (Res. SA 1117). Correction of erroneous pagination in an old hand. On pp. 238, 240, 242, 244, 246, 247, 248, 249, 251, 254, 258, references added to Galen, primarily to De usu partium, including chapter numbers; on p. 462[262], word “adductor” added; on p. 263, reference to Galen incl. chapter number; on p. 264, name of muscle added; on p. 265, names of muscles added; on pp. 274, 276, 277, 281, reference added to Galen, incl. chapter number; on p. 289, reference added and number of intercostal muscles corrected, then crossed out; on p. 309, word added in text; on pp, 310, 311, 312, names of the muscles added on the margin, e.g. “adductor pollicis inf.”; on p. 233[333], word “quintus” added; on p. 264[364], underlining and reference to Galen; on p. 275[375], phrase “in Gal.” added; on p. 281[381], summary note; on p. 320[420], character “N” crossed out and replaced with “O”, and new description for character “N” added; on p. 329[429], numbers added on the margin; on p. 350[450], correction of text; on p. 494, correction of text; on p. 523, underlinings; on p. 622, references added to Galen with chapter numbers; on p. 623, summary note added; on p. 625, note “in Gal.”; on p. 654, reference added to Galen.


Bibliothèque municipale d’Angers
Call No.:
Rés SA 2570 bis

This copy is now available online. 


Keio University
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Physical Description: A repaired copy with some wear and tear. Bifolium inserts present after pp. 312[412] and 352[452], bound sideways by the foot and folded, m3 sheet present after vascular insert.

Binding: A rebound volume, edges painted red.

Provenance: Unknown. Faded and illegible possessor's note at the bottom of frontispiece.

Annotations: An early reader, writing in ink, primarily interested in semen and the movements of the ear. On p. 141, where it is discussed that some people can move their ears, underlining and note of personal observation, "dum sequitur; et quando [...] placet mouet aures. [...] ego saepe ac saepius vidi."; on p. 326[426], potentially insignificant marginal mark; on p. 341[441], potentially insignificant marginal mark; on p. 493, summary notes and underlinings in the section on the use of the nerves' ventricles; on p. 512, manicule where the testicle's wrappings are discussed; on p. 525, manicule where it is discussed where semen is produced; on p. 526, manicule in the section "Glandosi corporis uesicae collo adnati usus".

Censorship: Name of Oporinus crossed out on *5r.

Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé
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No further information available at the moment.

Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé
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No further information available at the moment.

1543 Auction Copies


Provenance: Now available from Antiquariat Inlibris Gilhofer Nfg


A complete copy currently on sale at Raptis Rare Books


Physical Description: A complete copy in good condition with some staining and spotting, minor tear on pp. 58/59, repaired tear on pp. 145/146, minor repair on p. 583. Bifolium inserts present after pp. 312[411] and 352[452], vascular insert facing forward to m3 sheet, bound vertically and folded from bottom and left, nervous insert bound vertically and folded from left and right, m3 sheet present after vascular insert. Not a variant edition. 

Binding: Early 19th-century sprinkled half sheep with marbled board, title “VESALII ANATOMIA” “BASILEAE 1543” on gilt spine, modern endpapers. 

Provenance: A certain Ippolito Guarisci, potentially Ippolito Guarisci of Bibbiena (fl. 1614); with Shapero Rare Books in 2019. On frontispiece, faded note “Ippolito Guariscii” on bottom left, and another erased note of provenance at the bottom center. 

Annotations: An early sporadic reader working in brown ink, with a special interest in the liver and in Galen, with one reference to Aristotle. On first flyleaf recto, modern pencil note “collazionato completo [...] Nov. 83,” other numbers in pencil, as well as current price in a different pencil; on back flyleaf recto, note “collazionato completo, f. v.[?] Nov. 83.” On p. 7, two ink notes“contra Galenum” next to the printed marginal comments at the bottom; on p. 9, marginal cross and note “in Galenum” whereDe usu partiumis mentioned; on p. 15, marginal note at the bottom of page, “In Aristotelem et Galenum”; on p. 16, note at bottom, “In Gal.”; on p. 17, “anterior” corrected to “posterior”; on p. 276[376], underlining of “aliud enim nihil in quinto libro iecur”; on p. 277[377], underlining of “porro uene cauae rami per iecoris corpus exporrecti, portae ramis”; on p. 280[380], underlining of “Quippe” in the middle of page where Galen’s studies of monkeys are mentioned; on p. 281[381], underlining of phrase “ipsique nunquam uisa” where Galen is mentioned; on p. 341[441], some random ink stains or marks, potentially related to the staining affecting these pages.

1543 PRIVATE Copies

This copy was sold by Bonham's on March 11, 2019.

Physical Description:A complete copy with minor rubbing and staining, some leaves reinforced and strengthened. 

Binding: Late 19th-century vellum, with sides from an illuminated antiphonal leaf.  

Provenance: The Augsburg physician Achilles Gasser (1505-1577); who gives it to the Augsburg physician Jeremias Martius in 1566 (1536-c. 1585); the Milan painter Caironi Agostino (1820-1907) in 1873; the Philadelphia professor Henry H. Donaldson (1857-1938); the Falk Library of Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh; the Rochester, MN professor and physician W. Bruce Fye; sold by Bonham’s NY on March 11, 2019 (Lot 188). Possessor’s note by Gasser on frontispiece with price marked (“Sum Achillis Pyrm. Gassari Lindauiensis / E Noriberga Feldkirchium 24 Octobris post natum saluatorum 1543 anno pro quinque florenis allatus.”), initials and astrological drawing of Gasser on colophon, initials of Gasser on Kk2; note of donation from Gasser to Martius on Mm7 (“Achilles P. Gasserus L medicine doctor, libro hocce / amicitiae ergo donabat Dn. Hieremiam Martium / illustris reipublicae Augsburgensis physicum doctorem / 25 die Sepembris anno dni 1566”); unknown armorial stamp on frontispiece verso and elsewhere; ink stamp of Agostino; calling card of Donaldson on front pastedown, with blindstamp on front flyleaf.

Annotations: Unknown.

Bibliography: The Medical & Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye. Bonham’s NY Sale, March 11, 2019 Lot 188. We thank Bonham’s for alerting us to their sale and catalogue. 


Physical Description: A complete copy.

Binding: Unknown.

Provenance: Unknown. Currently in the USA.

Annotations: None.

1555 PRIVATE Copies


This volume is not in Canada at the moment. 


We have new information about the former owners Stephanus Steick and Anton Roth, thanks to Dr. Annelen Otterman at the Wissenschaftliche Stadtbibliothek in Mainz. 

Provenance: The Frankfurt physician Peter Uffenbach (1566–1635); the Mainz physician Stephanus Steick, who studies there in 1567 and becomes rector of the university in 1584/1585; the Mainz professor and town physician Franz Anton Rhodius (b. 1706, MD Strasbourg); sold in 2008 by Ketterer Kunst at Sale 348 Lot 333 (Nov. 17–18, Hamburg); sold to current owner by Meda Riquier Rare Books in 2014. Inscription of Uffenbach on frontispiece “sum Petri Uffenbachii Francofurtani”; note “Ad usum Stephani Steick Moguntini” on frontispiece; ex-libris of Anton Roth; ex-libris depicting a lobster, with no text, on back pastedown.


Physical Description: A complete copy with minor staining. Bifolium inserts present, bound sideways by the foot and folded once.

Binding: Modern, blind-stamped calfskin with decorations.

Provenance: A certain Astruc, potentially the eighteenth-century Parisian artist Zacharie Astruc (1684-1866), sold at a sale after his death. Currently in Canada. Note “acheté à la vente de feu Mr. Astruc […] Conseiller”.

Annotations: Unknown.


A copy currently in Switzerland.