A formula which Vesalius himself follows closely. See, for example, Andrés de Laguna’s preface to Don Diego de Rivera in his Anatomica Methodus (Paris, 1535), which includes the following gaseous paean: “Indeed, you easily surpass Pomponius Atticus in faithfulness, Themistocles in prudence, Cato in equity, Domitian in gentleness and clemency, and finally Numa in piety and pure religion, as is agreed by all. Therefore, most worthy prelate, I have not the slighest fear lest I be branded as a flatterer in any way since I am telling you nothing new and, so far as all can understand, nothing which does not agree with the truth. However, because your noble spirit vigorously resists this commendation of your virtues, preferring that the testimony of its praise lie hidden in the hearts of men rather than fly upon their lips, I am convinced that I should refrain, etc.” —tr. Lind 1975, p. 264. O’Malley AVB p. 91 notes “a somewhat cynical letter to Jean Sturm on the art of dedication” that Vesalius wrote some years later.