Observationes anatomicae selectiones [part II: Observationes anaomicarum .pars alera].In: quibus praecipue de piscium pancreate ejusque succo agitatur.


Published by Caspar Commelin 1667-73, 1667
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Two parts in one. 12mo [iv], 5-45, [1]; [iv], 5-53, [1] pp. Complete with two title pages, large folding engraved plate in first part and 10 full-page and 1 double-page engraving in second part. Full blind-tooled calf in an antique style; preliminary and last leaf somewhat browned, a few margins closely trimmed, still an excellent copy with the bookplate of Haskell Norman on the paste-down. First edition, extremely rare, of the "only publication of one of the earliest scientific societies" (G&M). The Private College of Amsterdam was founded by Gerard Blaes (1626-1682), a professor of medicine in Amsterdam. The College devoted itself to comparative anatomical and physiological investigations of the lower vertebrates, concentrating primarily on fishes and mammals. It is in this treatise that the results of these investigations are published, the first comprehensive treatise on comparative anatomy since Severino’s 1645 Zootomia democritaea. This work also contains the first publication of Swammerdam’s early experiments with neuro-muscular physiology, as well as one of the earliest descriptions of mercury injection, an investigative method first employed by Malpighi. The Netherlands played a significant role in the advancement of the science in the seventeenth century. While the number of universities did not dramatically increase during this period, new private and public institutions added to the provision of education. Little is know of the Private College of Amsterdam and the history of its publication. Active from 1664-1672, it was one of the earliest of the many European scientific societies established during the seventeenth century. Included are notes by Ruysch, Malpighi, Van Horne, Needham, and DeGraaf. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Observationes anatomicae selectiones [part ...
Publisher: Caspar Commelin 1667-73
Publication Date: 1667

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