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Anatomical atlases

Fascicle containing anatomical illustrations of the skull and brain, which fold out. These are chromilithograph illustrations with flaps that can be liftedFascicle containing anatomical illustrations of the skull and brain, which fold outDr Gustave Joseph Witkowski (1844-1923) was professor of medicine at the Faculté de médecine de Paris who published a number of widely used medical treatises.

The item featured here is part four of Witkowski’s Anatomie iconoclastique, an eight-part series published from 1873 to 1877 that covered various individual parts of the body.

This fascicle contains anatomical atlases of the skull and brain. The illustrations are fantastically detailed colour lithographs (also known as chromolithographs) that have been arranged as movable parts to show multiple layers of the skull and brain.

The moveable parts consist of simple flaps that can be lifted to reveal further layers, as well as intertwined pieces that ‘pop-up’ as the reader lifts the various flaps.

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