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The Anatomy Lesson: Unveiling the Fasciculus Medicinae

Artist book by Robin Price, Publisher
50 copies
10 x 14 x 1.5 inches


The Anatomy Lesson: Unveiling the Fasciculus Medicinae is a comprehensive artistic, poetic, and scholarly response to the 1495 Fasciculus Medicinae, the first printed book with anatomical illustrations. Twenty pages of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia copy of the 1495 Fasciculus Medicinae were reproduced for this volume.

The artist, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, has been Artist-in-Residence at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego since 1991. The book was sparked by her invitation to participate in the 1995 Science and the Artist’s Book exhibition, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute and the WPA.

New commentaries by invited scholars such as Katharine Park, Peter Murray Jones, and Barbara Maria Stafford provide rich and varied contexts for interpreting the artist’s work vis-à-vis the medieval woodcuts and sample pages of Latin text, reproduced full size.

Each of the ten main sections includes a four-page spread that opens to forty inches wide, and features a photogravure of Cutler-Shaw’s drawing, printed by Jon Goodman.

A hologram on the front cover features an early eighteenth-century brass lancet.

Drawings by Joyce Cutler-Shaw.

Photogravures of drawings by Jon Goodman.

Introduction and editorial assistance by Dr. William Shupbach, The Wellcome Library, London.

Editing, design, and letterpress printing by Robin Price with the assistance of Anne Thompson.

Handmade cotton paper by John and Kathy Koller at HMP in Woodstock, CT.

Hologram produced by DuPont Authentication Systems.

Engraved stainless steel box by Pina Zangaro.

Concertina binding co-designed by Daniel E. Kelm, Robin Price, and Joyce Cutler Shaw. Binding produced by Kelm with the assistance of Kylin Lee, Erin Clay Nelson (formerly Erin Cook).

Photogravure, letterpress printing, hologram, concertina binding on linen tapes, with stainless steel box.

Held in private collections.

You may request to see Anatomy Lesson at:

  • Boston Public Library, Rare Books Collection
  • California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, Robert E. Kennedy Library, Special Collections
  • Claremont Colleges, Honnold/Mudd Library, Special Collections
  • Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library
  • Duke University, Rubenstein Library, Rare Books
  • Indiana University, Lilly Library
  • Lafayette College Library, Special Collections
  • Library of Congress
  • Messiah College, Murray Library, Artists’ Books Collection
  • National Library of Medicine 
  • San Francisco Public Library, Special Collections
  • Sewanee, The University of the South, Special Collections
  • Smith College, Neilson Library, Mortimer Rare Book Room
  • Stanford University Libraries, Special Collections, Gunst Collection
  • Smithsonian Institution, The Dibner Library
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
  • University of California, San Diego Library, Special Collections
  • University of Chicago Library, Special Collections, Rare Books
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wilson Library, Rare Book Collection
  • University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, Rare Books
  • University of Connecticut, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Archives and Special Collections
  • University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
  • University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Special Collections
  • University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections
  • The Wellcome Library
  • Wellesley College, Clapp Library, Special Collections
  • Wesleyan University, Olin Library, Special Collections & Archives
  • Williams College, Chapin Library of Rare Books
  • Yale University, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Special Collections
  • Yale University, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library