Arising from a shared image of an 'anatomical man' upon which my friend R is preparing an academic paper, I remembered that I had an old anatomical atlas ferreted away here amongst the shelves of books which might interest her...but I thought that it might also interest readers here - so here are a few images for you all to enjoy.
Difficult to scan because the pages are large and a bit fragile, and also rather stained (I have only given them a brief clean-up) I nevertheless am always amazed at the quality of 19th century colour lithography. I think these images are dated at around 1880 - but can't be sure until I have done more research on them, because there is no date included in the volume.
A fascinating example of a time when a medical illustration was also very much a work of art. No doubt more modern illustrators are still creating their own artworks...but to discover more, I will have to visit a medical museum such as the Wellcome Collection - or ask my clever friend. Thank you so much for sharing this image and prompting this post, R!
Additional information...after a little research, it appears that someone is selling an e-book of the atlas here (worth reading for a detailed description of the plates)...from which it appears that it is much older than I thought at first, being originally published in Paris in 1845.