JOSEF HYRTL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 1459
Sale Price $531.25
The famous and worldwide admired Austrian anatomist pens a letter in iron gall ink
Autograph Letter Signed: “Josef Hyrtl” in iron gall ink. 9x11½, folded. 18x11½, flat. Four pages. Letter Untranslated from German. Josef Hyrtl (1810-1894) was an Austrian anatomist who began his medical studies in Vienna in 1831, having received his preliminary education in his native town. In 1833, while he was still a student, he was named prosector in anatomy and attracted the attention of professors as well as students. His graduation thesis,Antiquitates anatomicae rariores, was a prophecy of the work to which his live was to be devoted. After his graduation, Hyrtl also became the curator of the museum and added valuable treasures to it, and also gave special anatomy coursesto students andpractical anatomyones to physicians, which were very successful. As a student he had set up a small laboratory and dissecting room in his lodgings, and his injections of anatomical material were greatly admired.In 1837 he was offered the professorship of anatomy at the University of Prague. There, he completed his famous textbook of human anatomy, which went through some twenty editions and has been translated into several languages. The chair of anatomy at Vienna was vacant in 1845 and even though at first he did not wanted to apply for the position, his friends encouraged him to do it and was immediately elected. Five years later he published his Handbook of Topographic Anatomy. His fame spread throughout Europe and he was considered as the special glory of the University of Vienna. In 1865, on the occasion of the celebration of the five-hundredth anniversary of the foundation of the university, he was chosen rector in order to, as the most distinguished member of the university, represent it; his inaugural address as rector had for its subject The Materialistic Conception of The Universe of Our Time. In this, Josef argued that there was clear lack of logic in the materialistic view of the world. In 1880 there was a magnificent celebration of Hyrtl's seventieth birthday, when messages of congratulation were sent to him from all the universities of the world. After retiring from his professorship he continued to do good work, his last publication was about Arabic and Hebraic elements in anatomy. His monograph for the reform of anatomical terminology Onomatologia Anatomica (1880) attracted widespread attention. On the morning of July 17, 1894 he was found dead in bed near Vienna. Fragile. Toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Worn and soiled. Edges frayed. Otherwise, fine condition.
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