Philosophical observations on the analogy between the propagation of animals and that of vegetables... Philosophical observations on the analogy between the propagation of animals and that of vegetables... Philosophical observations on the analogy between the propagation of animals and that of vegetables...

Philosophical observations on the analogy between the propagation of animals and that of vegetables: in which are answered some objections against the indivisibility of the soul, . . . With an explanation of the manner in which each piece of a divided polypus becomes another perfect animal of the same species

PARSONS, James (1705-1770)

Published by printed for C. Davis, Printer to the Royal Society, opposite Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn, London, 1752
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First edition. 8vo: xvi,276,[12]pp, with a folding engraved plate Original full calf, rebacked with original spine, richly gilt in six compartments, recent black morocco lettering piece gilt, plain period end papers. A Very Good copy, binding tight and secure, boards lightly scuffed, evidence of small circular label removed from front paste down, text generally clean (margins of first and last few leaves browned, sporadic foxed throughout), plate fresh and bright. ESTC Citation No. T148535. Cole Library 1513. First Edition of this fascinating glimpse into religious belief, and its effect on the scientific method, of the eighteenth century, including a discussion of the reproduction systems of both animals and plants. The folding plate displays the similarities of a polyp to a tree branch and compares the various functions of each part. Because of its apparent existence on the boundary between plant and animal species and its unique reproductive behavior (It reproduces asexually, by budding off smaller versions of itself, and can regenerate its complete body when cut or otherwise injured), the polypus, or hydra, generated much comment among natural historians. Biologists have even argued, because of the way polyps regenerate from "immortal" tissue, that it is one of the only living things that does not age. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0831

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Title: Philosophical observations on the analogy ...

Publisher: printed for C. Davis, Printer to the Royal Society, opposite Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn, London

Publication Date: 1752

Binding: Full Calf

Edition: First Edition.

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