Théâtre anatomique de Leyde

Cabinet cité par Pierre Borel (1649) et décrit par John Evelyn (1641).

Ce cabi­net fait par­tie du cata­logue don­né par Pierre Borel à la suite de ses Anti­qui­tez… de la Ville, et Com­té de Castres d'Albigeois, p. 124 à 131, sous le titre de Roole des prin­ci­paux cabi­nets curieux, et autres choses remar­quables qui se voyent ez prin­ci­pales Villes de l'Europe.
Pierre Borel men­tionne, pour la ville de Leyde :
Le Theatre Ana­to­mique."


John Eve­lyn le visite en 1641:

Hence to the phy­sic-gar­den, well sto­red with exo­tic plants, if the cata­logue present to me by the gar­de­ner be a fai­th­ful regis­ter.
But, among­st all the rari­ties of this place, I was much plea­sed with a sight of their ana­to­my-school, theatre, and repo­si­to­ry adjoi­ning, which is well fur­ni­shed with natu­ral curio­si­ties ; ske­le­tons, from the whale and ele­phant to the fly and spi­der ; which last is a very deli­cate piece of art, to see how the bones (if I may so call them of so ten­der an insect) could be sepa­ra­ted from the muci­la­gi­nous parts of that minute ani­mal. Among­st a great varie­ty of other things, I was shown the knife new­ly taken out of a drun­ken Dutchman’s guts, by an inci­sion in his side, after it had slip­ped from his fin­gers into his sto­mach. The pic­tures of the chi­rur­geon and his patient, both living, were there.

(The dia­ry of John Eve­lyn, Ed. William Bray, J.M. DENT et E.P DULTON, Lon­don-New York, 1905, Tome 1, p.28–29.)