Anatomia 1522-1867: Anatomical Plates from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

This collection features approximately 4500 full page plates and other significant illustrations of human anatomy. Each illustration has been fully indexed using medical subject headings (MeSH), and techniques of illustration, artists, and engravers have been identified whenever possible. There are ninety-five individual titles represented, ranging in date from 1522 to 1867.

Anatomia is a collection of illustrations of human anatomy which are contained within published books, but the texts themselves are not included. The anatomical illustrations chosen for inclusion are, for the most part, full page plates but significant illustrations within the text are also included, as well as the title pages to the books themselves. The site is structured on two interconnected levels - the book level and the plate level.

Information about the content of the books, their authorship, significance and publishing history is contained within the extensive notes in the full description of each book. To search for a book author, title, or printer/publisher or to search the contents of the notes describing the books you must go to the Search/Browse the Books section. The full book description contains a link which opens a popup window listing all the plates contained within that book, in the order in which they appear in the book. Selecting the plate title takes you to the record for that plate.

Detailed information about the content of each image is contained within the full plate description. Each individual plate or image has been subject indexed using standardized medical subject headings (MeSH). Descriptive titles have been assigned in addition to recording the actual plate title when available. Artists of individual plates have been identified whenever possible, as well as others involved in the production of the plate such as engravers and lithographers. To search for a plate title or subject, for an artist, engraver or lithographer, or to search the contents of the notes describing the plates you must go to theSearch/Browse the Plates section. The full plate description contains a brief record for the book from which it came and a link which takes you to the complete record for that book.


Technical information, including information on the scanning process, can be found on the site's technical information page.

About the Project
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Research Libraries Group
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The Anatomia website team members: Teddy Cameron Anne Dondertman Andrea Kosavic Sian Meikle Philip Oldfield Karen Turko Marlene van Ballegooie Digital Photography: Jim Ingram Bogda Mickiewicz
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Sian Meikle