“Reading Vesalius Across the Ages” and Annual Celebration of the Library

~Post courtesy ALLISON E. PIAZZA, MLIS, Reference Services and Outreach Librarian at the New York Academy of Medicine

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Venue: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Cost: Free; advance registration required

Friends of the Rare Book Room are invited to a private reception with the speaker prior to the event; please email emiranker@nyam.org if you wish to attend.




How was Vesalius’ Fabrica read across the ages? This talk analyzes how, in the past five hundred years, copies the Fabrica travelled across the globe, and how readers studied, annotated and critiqued its contents from 1543 to 2017. Dániel Margócsy will discuss the book’s complex reception history and show how physicians, artists, theologians and collectors filled its pages with copious annotations. He will also offer an interpretation of how this atlas of anatomy became one of the most coveted rare books for collectors in the 21st century.


Refreshments will be served following the lecture and there will be an opportunity to view new rare book acquisitions of the library collections.


About the Speaker: Dániel Margócsy studies the cultural history of early modern science. He has taught at Northwestern University and at Hunter College, the City University of New York, and received his PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2009. His first book, Commercial Visions: Science, Trade and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age (Chicago, 2014) examined the impact of global trade on cultural production in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He currently lectures on Science, Technology and Medicine Before 1800 at University of Cambridge.

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