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Saturday, 6 June 2020

Abraham Blooteling & Pieter Stevens van Gunst's engraving, “Plate 67: Inferioris Brachii, ut & Manus digitorumque quosdam”, 1685


Abraham Blooteling (aka Abraham Bloteling; Abraham Blotelingh; Abraham Blootelingh) (1640–1690) and Pieter Stevens van Gunst (aka Pieter van Gunst) (1658/ 59–c1731)

“Plate 67: Inferioris Brachii, ut & Manus digitorumque quosdam” (lower arm, and palm of hand and fingers), 1685, after the drawing in the Ecole de Médicine, Paris, by Gerard de Lairesse (1640/41–1711) as plate 67 to Govard Bidloo’s (1649–1713) famous anatomical atlas, “Anatomia humani corporis / Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams", first published by the widow of Johan van Someren (1622–1676) (de Weduwe van Joannes van Someren [fl. after 1679]) in 1685 in Amsterdam.

Note that this impression has the 3 cm chainlines of the first edition of 1685 and the later 1734 edition published by Jacob van Poolsum (1701–1762) in Utrecht has 2.5 cm chainlines.

For a marvellous description of the history behind this plate (and a current retail price) see:

This publication is available to view online or to download free-of-charge from archive.org:

Engraving on laid paper (3 cm chainlines) with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 50.6 x 35.3 cm; (plate) 47.3 x 32.1 cm.
Numbered on plate at upper right corner: “T. 67.” and index lettered from “A” to “N”.

Condition: strong and well-printed impression with small restored abrasions, a closed tear in the lower margin and minor spots appropriate to the age of the print; otherwise the sheet is in very good condition (i.e. there are no holes, folds, losses or significant stains).

I am selling this large masterpiece of anatomical engraving that is not only superbly executed but also displays exceptional ingenuity in displaying an anterior view of the forearm with the layering of muscles responsible for flexion at the wrist and fingers, and pronation, for  AU$485 (currently US$337.96/EUR299.33/GBP299.33 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this extraordinary and technically magnificent print, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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