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Queen Elizabeth I (Frontispage to Compendiosa totius anatomie delineatio, ære exarata / per Thomam Geminum)

by Thomas Gemini
line engraving, mid 16th century
13 3/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. (349 mm x 242 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
NPG D25026

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Prof. Norman Jones

25 September 2016, 03:59

This is the title page of the book, published in 1559, (after June of 1559 because of the titles he gives Elizabeth). It is identical to the title page of the 1545 edition, except that a portrait of Elizabeth has been substituted for Henry VIII's arms. The title page of the 1553 edition, dedicated to Mary I, has Mary's arms. Only this edition has a portrait of the dedicatee.

Here is the bibliographic entry in the Short Title Catalog:
Compendios a totius anatomie delineatio, aere exarata: per Thomam Geminum
Author: Vesalius, Andreas, 1514-1564,
Other authors: [H]Geminus, Thomas, d. 1562,
Mondeville, Henri de, 14th cent.
Imprint: Londini : [J. Kingston for T. Gemini], 1559.
Date: 1559
Bib name / number: STC (2nd ed.) / 11718
Physical description: [124] p., plates
Notes: Sometimes erroneously attributed to Geminius and Vesalius. The first Latin edition was a plagiarism of Vesalius, with plates copied from Vesalius by Geminius. This English edition, however, was derived from Henri de Mondeville. Cf. "The Library", XIII (1932), p. 367-94.
Another issue, with canceled dedication and colophon leaf, of STC 11716, a variant, edited by Richard Eden, of STC 11715.5.
Printer's name from STC. Publisher's name from colophon.
The title page is engraved.
Signatures: pi4 A6 B C-I6 K2 (-C1?, lacking).
Reproduction of the original in the Cambridge University Library.
Copy from: Cambridge University Library
UMI Collection / reel number: STC / 1486:08

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