Lot 234: Kilian (Lucas). Two animated plates originally published in 'Catoptrum Microcosmicum [1613 or later], two uncoloured anatomical engravings with animated 'flaps' after Johann Remmelin, they depict Adam and Eve, each with a foot resting on a skull, Adam has Latin and Dutch text on the verso (there were three editions with Latin/Dutch text), each approximately 355 x 250mm. The Catoptrum micorcosmicum is arguably the finest anotomical 'flap book' ever produced. Remmelin was the town doctor of Ulm and later Augsburg. While at Ulm he conceived the idea of producing an anatomy that could be used to reveal the muscles, bones and viscera of the human body and functioned by lifting sucessive layers of paper. He employed Lucas Kilian to execute the engravings which were based on Remmelin's drawings. The Catoptrum was produced in several editions and was published in Latin, German, French, English and Dutch. It seems unlikely that it was used as a teaching aid because of the expense of publication and the delicay of the flaps. These two animated engravings show Adam and Eve and each has a small cartouche with a biblical quotation illustrating the brief mortality of mankind. Hollstein 565. (2)
Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction September 2015
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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