His new understanding on how the body is working is based on his own observations by vision and touch. The impact on medical cares is immediate.
In 1539, the progress of his work is sufficient to consider the publication of a book. The preparation takes four years. The anatomical drawings are executed in Venice by an anonymous artist, probably from Titian's studio.
De humanis corporis fabrica libri septem is published in Basel in June 1543. The anatomy of the human body is described in nearly 700 pages with 200 figures. 17 full-page illustrations 41 x 28 cm show the muscles and the skeleton of a man standing in a pleasant Paduan landscape. The quality of the woodcut is extreme: the most important book of all time in terms of its content is also the most beautiful book of its time.
A copy made in the first printing of the first edition is estimated £ 140K for sale by Christie's in London on December 1, lot 284. It is complete, even including the Charta parvas aliquot figuras complenctens designed by the author for inviting the reader to cut the images of the organs and proceed to a re-assembly in their relative positions;
Another copy which was not from the very first print was discussed previously in this column. It was sold for $ 122K including premium by Heritage on 4 October 2012. The Charta parvas was also present.
SOLD for £ 255K including premium