Fugitive Sheets

London’s Wellcome Library collects “books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures on the history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day.” They’re just posted images of some sixteenth century anatomical illustrations–known as fugitive sheets–on their website. As they describe them, “These intriguing prints depict the human body through labelled illustrations, often using a three-dimensional ‘pop-up’ device of superimposed flaps, which can be raised in sequence to display the internal anatomy of the male or female figure. The fugitive sheet thus mimics the act of dissection. …

“Images have been created showing each flap in sequence. Animated versions are also available from the catalogue records, showing the flaps raised and lowered in sequence.”

Eleven fugitive sheets are available as videos here. I wish I could embed one to show you. I promise they’re worth checking out.–David E