De formato foetu...epistolae duae anatomicae, tractatus de arthritide

Engraved by Francesco Valesio (Italian, about 1560–active to 1643), After Giulio Cesare Casseri (Italian, 1552–1616), Author Adriaan van der Spiegel (Flemish (worked in Italy), 1578–1625), Publisher Liberalis Crema (Italian, 17th century), Printer Giovanni Battista Martini (Italian, 17th century), Printer Livio Pasquati (Italian, 17th century)

Place of Publication: Padua, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Cushing S-360


Overall: 41.9 x 27.9 x 6.4 cm (16 1/2 x 11 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with nine engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Padua: Giovanni Battista de Martini and Livio Pasquati, for Liberalis Crema, 1626) Folio; 56 leaves; eighteenth[?]-century blind-stamped vellum, gilt-stamped brown calf label. BOUND with Spiegel and Casseri, De humani corporis fabrica (Venice: 1627) [2002.895]

Anatomical illustrations of development of human fetus

Padua: Giovanni Battista de Martini and Livio Pasquati, for Liberalis Crema.


The Watson Collection; presented to the Library of the Medical Society, County of Kings, September 1900 (No. 19077; withdrawn 1973); Lathrop C. Harper, New York, from whom purchased in 1974 by Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow; given by Mr. Vershbow to MFA, 27 December 2002.

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur E. Vershbow