Atlas d’Anatomie Humaine et de Chirurgie (The Atlas of Human Anatomy and Surgery), is a magnum opus of eight books, and was the world’s first comprehensive surgical guide. It was written and researched by Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery (1797–1849), and illustrated by Nicolas Henri Jacob (1782–1871), a student of the French painter Jacques Louis David. The eight books, or tomes as they were called when published, were produced across almost two decades—between 1831-1854. Bourgery lived just long enough to finish his labor of love, but the last of the treatise’s eight volumes was not published until five years after his death
Haptic Brain, Haptic Brand: A Communicator’s Guide to the Neuroscience of Touch, launched by Sappi North America in 2015, features images adapted from these classics. To create the images for the publication, the Houston-based design firm, Rigsby Hull, sourced Jacob’s original illustrations from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library located at the University of Toronto. For this Sappi project, the brain portion of Jacobs' original illustrations has been replaced with intricately-rendered, interconnected neural networks re-imagined by Jonathan Hull in 2015. To see the results of Rigsby Hull’s interpretation of the work created by Bourgery & Jacob, order your own copy of Haptic Brain, Haptic Brand: A Communicator’s Guide to the Neuroscience of Touch here. Images from the 1831-1854 original Atlas d’Anatomie Humaine et de Chirurgie incorporated into Jonathan Hull’s illustrations.
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