Noortwyk, Uteri humani gravidi anatome et historia, 1743, with 4 plates
Wilhelmus Noortwyk. Uteri humani gravidi anatome et historia. Leiden, Johannes & Hermanus Verbeek (colophon: printed by Van Damme), 1743. 4to. Woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, and 4 full-page engraved plates ("J. v.d. Speyk del. & sculpsit J: Wandelaar direxit"). Contemporary calf, marbled endpapers. In very good condition, expertly rebacked with new head-bands, preserving the original marbled endpapers, paper slightly browned. Small bookplate of "Biblotheque Charpentier" on upper paste-down.
First edition of an important work on the anatomy of the gravid uterus with four fine plates after Jan Wandelaar.
A student of anatomist Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (1697-1770), renowned for his impressive preparations, Wilhelmus Noortwyk (ca. 1713-1777) graduated M.D. at Leiden University in 1735. In the present work he presents "his investigations on the corpse of a young woman who died at 6 months gestation. Noortwyk obtained permission of the husband to excise the pregnant uterus from the corpse, and took it home for dissection. [...] In this description, Noortwyk asserted correctly that the maternal and fetal circulations were separate. [...] [Noortwyk] apparently was the first to inject the uterine vessels of a young woman who had died near term" (Longo & Reynolds).
STCN (6 copies); cf. Lindeboom, Dutch Medical Biography, cc. 1437-1438; Longo & Reynolds, Wombs with a View, p. 124.