Ontleding des Menschelyken Lichaams


Ontleding des Menschelyken Lichaams




Govard Bidloo


The widow of Joannes van Someren, the heirs of Joannes van Dyk, Henry Boom and widow of Theodore Boom




Gerard de Lairesse (artist), Abraham Blooteling (portrait engraver), Peter and Philip van Gunst (engravers)


Public Access (U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2004)


Anatomia Humani Corporis


268 p (105 Copperplate engravings), 51 x 36 cm






The Dutch translation of Govard Bidloo's 1685 anatomical atlas Anatomia Humani Corporis, Ontleding des Menschelyken Lichaams was translated by Bidloo and republished in Amsterdam in Dutch after the assumed profitable sale of his first anatomical atlas. The atlas features a new preface, dedication, and even the text from a lecture that Bidloo presented in the Hague in 1688. The 105 copperplate engravings from the original atlas are present within this atlas, with no changes added to the labeling, or textual components that accompany them. The atlas's presumed poor sales led to the publishers, specifically Henry Boom, selling 300 imprints of the engravings to Samuel Smith, publisher to the Royal Society in London and the publisher of William Cowper's 1698 atlas the Anatomy of Humane Bodies.

Table Of Contents

Allegorical Title Page
Text Title Page
Dedication to all of mankind
About the Author
Author's portrait
The proceedings from Bidloo's lecture at a church in the Hague on March 11th, 1688
Index of Tables
The first part of the dissection of the human body
The second part of the dissection of the human body, acting on the chest, back, and loins
The third part of the dissection of the human body, acting on the belly and even intestines
The fourth part of the dissection of the human body, acting on the female and male reproductive systems
The fifth part of the dissection of the human body, acting on the limbs
The sixth part of the dissection of the human body, acting on all bones

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Anatomia Humani Corporis
the Anatomy of Humane Bodies

Is Replaced By

Cowper, William. the Anatomy of Humane Bodies, with figures drawn after the life by some of the best masters in Europe, and curiously engraven in one hundred and fourteen copper plates, illustrated with large explications, containing many new anatomical discoveries, and chirurgical observations, to which is added an introduction explaining the animal oeconomy, with a copious index. Oxford, Printed at the Theatre, for Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford, 1698.


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Bibliographic Citation

Bidloo, Govard. Ontleding des Menschelyken Lichaams. Amsterdam, for the widow of Joannes van Someren, the heirs of Joannes van Dyk, Henry Boom and widow of Theodore Boom, 1690.


Medical practitioners
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Bookseller’s ticker of Frederik Muller, Amsterdam




Govard Bidloo, “Ontleding des Menschelyken Lichaams,” Digital Exhibits, accessed July 17, 2024, https://digex.lib.uoguelph.ca/items/show/2761.

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