We love the detail, texture and randomness of these beautiful illustrations of surgical instruments by Nicolas-Henri Jacob for Jean-Baptiste Marc Bourgery. In 1830 Bourgery began work on Traité complet de l’anatomie de l’homme comprenant la médecine operatoire, a masterpiece on human anatomy that was published in eight volumes. Bourgery worked on the atlas until his death in 1849, with the last volume being published posthumously. The finished work contained 2108 pages of folio-sized text and 726 hand-colored lithographs.

 

 

 

 

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