Gedruckt zü Basel : Bey Johann Herpst, genant Oporino, unnd vollendet am neünten Tag des Augstmonat nach der geburt Christi, im[m] M.D.Xliij Jar, .
Book — 20 unnumbered leaves : woodcut illustrations, portrait ; 49 cm (folio)
Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica may be the only masterwork in the history of medicine that was published simultaneously with a synopsis prepared by the author. Vesalius designed his De Humani Corporis Fabrica Librorum Epitome to serve as a more affordable outline key to the encyclopedic and expensive Fabrica. In its dedication Vesalius stated: "I have made [the Epitome] to be as it were a foot-path beside the larger book, and as an index of what is set forth in it." However, unlike the Fabrica, which begins with the skeletal system and works outward, the Epitome's approach to anatomy is topographical: that is, first it discusses the muscles, and then a combined study of the vessels, nervous system, and viscera. The various parts of the anatomy are illustrated in nine woodcuts. The skeletal, muscular, and one of the circulatory plates are similar, but not identical, to plates found in the Fabrica; the Epitome's plates are some sixty millimeters taller; the figures are in slightly different attitudes, and less space is devoted to background scenery. It was essentially a collection of fugitive sheets that could be bound or mounted on the wall for teaching purposes. As a result many copies were not preserved at all, or were preserved in defective form. --
The Epitome was first issued in Latin in June, 1543. Only two months later, on August 9, Johannes Oporinus, printer of the Fabrica and the Latin Epitome, completed a German translation of the Epitome by Albanus zum Thor. This edition, intended for German students who might have only limited knowledge of Latin, represents the first writings by Vesalius to be issued in the vernacular. It is considerably rarer than the even first Latin Epitome. --
Like some of the few extant copies, the Lane Library copy has certain defects. The title page is missing the upper right corner of the woodcut, and is cut around and mounted. There is a hole in the final leaf with the printer's mark, with possible loss of printed surface, and according to notes in the volume, another leaf may be lacking.--J. Norman, 2006.
Venetiis [Venice] : Ex typographia Nicolai Bevilacquae, M D LIX .
Book — , 169 (i.e. 269),  pages ; 33 cm (folio)
Passages on pulmonary circulation on pages 177 and 223. Comparison of the ideas of Galen and Vesalius on bones on p. 10-11, second group; frequent discussion, including criticisms, of both throughout the work. Vivisection is discussed in the 14th book.
Colombo met Michelangelo in 1547 and attempted to commission him to illustrate this book. That project did not transpire. The only illustration in this work is the woodcut title page. Colombo succeeded Vesalius as the chair of anatomy at Padua after being a pupil of his. He was also a chair at Pisa and later at Rome. He gave a clear description of the mode of action of the pulmonary, cardiac, and aortic valves.