Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica


Tschichold, Jan


F. Hoffman-La Roche & Co, Basel. 1960. White card folder containing a sewn sixteen-page leaflet, a four-page folder, 10 plates and 3 folded spreads. 4to (31,5 x 21,5 cm). The Swedish edition.
Roche donated a copy of Vesalius’ ‘De Humani Corporis Fabrica’ (1558) to the university in Basel when they celebrated 500 years.
Article by Jan Tschichold about the typography in ‘De Humani Corporis Fabrica’ pp 11–14 in the booklet. Typography by Jan Tschichold. (Not in Klemke or N. L. Scotland Jan Tschichold).
“A hint from the Basle business man and patron Paul Sacher resulted in Tschichold being given a post in the pharmaceutical firm of F. Hoffman-La Roche & Co. AG, where from 1955 to 1967 he designed not only many lesser items but a large number of prestige booklets, which are fine examples of typography, but which were given only to doctors and have remained largely unknown”. (Reminiscor i ‘Jan Tschichold: praeceptor typographiae’).


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