For this year’s Rare Books Edinburgh, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Library and Archive are hosting events to dissect the most famous student manual of human anatomy, Gray’s Anatomy (originally published as Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical). In addition to a public lecture by historian Dr. Ruth Richardson, author of The Making Mr’s Gray’s Anatomy, we will be hosting a digital event to coincide with the recent launch of our Digital Collections website, where our historic collections are now available, via https://archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk/
Our digitised proofs of the first edition of Gray’s Anatomy will be made available for the public to view online for the first time. This unique manuscript was supplied to Henry Gray for approval before publication in 1858, and bears his edits throughout. We are sure this will prove fascinating not just to historians of anatomy and surgery or book publishing, but also those interested in the fraught relationship between anatomist Henry Gray and medical illustrator Henry Vandyke Carter, who produced the 360 meticulous illustrations to support Gray’s text. To find out more, please do join us for Rare Books Edinburgh, either in person or online!
Date: Tuesday 19 March 2019 - Saturday 30 March 2019