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SWAMMERDAM, Jan] POHLMANN, Olga.

Published by H. Meulenhoff, (1944)., Amsterdam: (1944)

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About this Item: H. Meulenhoff, (1944)., Amsterdam:, 1944. 230 x 165 mm. 8vo. 208 pp. 8 plates; pages browned. Cloth-backed boards, gilt-stamped spine and top cover, color port. mounted on top cover; corners bumped. Very good. FIRST EDITION. A Dutch biography of the famous seventeenth-century naturalist. Waller 17840. Seller Inventory # M3176

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SCHIERBEEK Dr. A. - [ ] Jan Swammerdam.

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About this Item: .: Amsterdam, Swets & Zeitlinger, 1967, in-8°, 202 pp, publisher's cloth with dust wrapper. Fine copy of the first hardback edition. Seller Inventory # 49678

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Tractatus Physico-Anatomico-Medicus, de Respiratione Usuque Pulmonum.: SWAMMERDAM, Jan

SWAMMERDAM, Jan

Published by Danielem Abraham & Adrian à Gaasbeeck, Leiden (1667)

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About this Item: Danielem Abraham & Adrian à Gaasbeeck, Leiden, 1667. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 12mo (149 x 96 mm). [16], 121, [23] pp, engraved additional title, 7 woodcuts in text of which 3 are full page. Contemporary vellum, author's name and title in manuscript on spine, some browning and mainly marginal worming and dampstaining to text, rear inner hinge broken. --- Garrison-Morton 1724; Heirs of Hippocrates 602; NLM/Krivatsy 11606; Waller 9385; Norman 2035. - FIRST EDITION of 'Swammerdam's medical thesis offer[ing] a perfectly Cartesian explanation of the motion of the lungs and the function of breathing, supplemented by the iatrochemistry of Sylvius. Swammerdam struggled to avoid using any attractive powers, whether of the mouth, of the lungs themselves, or of a partial vacuum, to explain the rushing of air into the lungs . Swammerdam argued that the muscular expansion of the chest outward pushes the ambient air down into the lungs' (DSB). Swammerdam's theory, evolved in ignorance of Boyle's idea that the air has a springiness, was easily destroyed in the following year by John Mayow in his Tractatus duo (Oxford, 1668). Heirs of Hippocrates 602 'a classic on respiration'. Seller Inventory # 001683

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SWAMMERDAM, Jan [1637-1680].

Published by Leipzig: Johann Friedrich Gleditsch, 1752. (1752)

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About this Item: Leipzig: Johann Friedrich Gleditsch, 1752., 1752. folio. pp. 4 p.l., xii, [2], 410, [14]. with half-title. text in double columns. 53 folding engraved plates, large engraved title vignette & 2 engraved headpieces, by J.C.F.Fritsch. title printed in red & black. woodcut ornaments & initials. old bds., rebacked in vellum (rubbed, few creases in title & several plates, paper age-toned, some scattered light foxing). First Edition of the German Translation of one of the first great Dutch books on entomology and one of the finest works of microscopical observations. The fine detailed plates were re-engraved for this edition by J.C.F.Fritsch. The Biblia Naturae was first published by the physician Hermann Boerhaave in Latin and Dutch in 1737-38, fifty-seven years after the author’s death. It "is indubitably the foundation of our modern knowledge of the structure, metamorphosis and classification of insects. In addition there are equally valuable observations on the Crustacea Mollusca and the life-history and anatomy of the frog in both larval and adult stages. There is almost no end to the discoveries which were buried in the Biblia Naturae and forgotten for more than a century [from the time of writing to its first publication]" (Cole, History, p. 285). Swammerdam provided the first comprehensive account of the anatomy of the honey-bee and proved that when a muscle contracts there is no increase in bulk, &c. The work also contains the results of his studies in human physiology – "he discovered red corpuscles, but the credit belongs to Leeuwenhoek because of priority of publication." (Sparrow) – and descriptions and illustrations of his classic experiments on frog’s legs, in which he obtained muscular contractions by using silver and copper wires a century before Galvani conducted similar experiments. "To the advantages of the microscope he added his own manipulative skill and a series of fine dissecting instruments which he made under a magnifying glass. With Redi, he rejected spontaneous generation and proposed that the process of decay in organic matter was the result of living organisms." (Dibner) Blake p. 440. Brunet V 599. Casey Wood p. 589. Graesse VI 532. Nissen 4065. cfBib. Osleriana 964. cfCole Library 730. cfDibner 191. cfSparrow, Milestones of Science, 187, plate 78, p. 19. cfWheeler Gift 291. Seller Inventory # elala1579

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About this Item: London: Printed for C.G. Seyffert, 1758., 1758. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 3 leaves [title page, dedication leaf, subscribers names], xx, 3 leaves [Elegia, contents], 236 pp, 153 pp, lxiii, 6 leaves [index and errata]; 53 plates. Folio. Contemporary full leather, rebacked at a later time with a leather spine. Edges and corners of covers worn. Very Good. First Edition in English of Biblia Naturae, sive Historia Insectorum. [Bybel der Natuure of Historie der Insecten] (1737-38). "The posthumous 'Bible of Nature', handsomely sponsored by the enthusiasm and opulence of Boerhaave, is famous for the detail and accuracy of its plates. They were the work of an unknown artist employed and directed by the author, but the most striking of the ephemera plates is signed 'Delineavit auctor' in the original drawing, and 'Auctor del. ' in the engraved plate. . . . The plan of the treatise, based on selected types, is monographic, comparative and experimental, and it is indubitably the foundation of our modern knowledge of the structure, metamorphosis and classification of insects. . . . There is almost no end to the discoveries which were buried in the Biblia Naturae and forgotten for more than a century" (Cole, History of Comparative Anatomy, p. 285, 270-305, about the original Dutch/Latin edition). "The Biblia Naturae, Swammerdam's major work, was published fifty-seven years after his death by Herman Boerhaave, who assembled it from unpublished manuscript materials integrated with a slightly revised version of Swammerdam's Historia Insectorum Generalis (1669). Boerhaave's biography of the author, which prefaces the work, remains the chief published source of information about Swammerdam's life" (Norman 2037). Dobson, Anatomical Eponyms, p. 199 for "Swammerdam's glands" or "Corpora heterogenia", citing this work. Dibner, Heralds of Science 191. Cole Library of Early Medicine and Zoology 731. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 14924

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About this Item: Folio (400 x 245 mm). Mit 53 in der Platte röm. nummerierten Kupfertafeln. Titel in Rot und Schwarz. [4] Bl. (erstes leer), XX S., [3] Bl. (Elegia in honorem D. J. Swammerdamii), 236 S., 153 S., LXIII S., [6] Bl. Index. Gesprenkelter Kalbslederband d. Z. (405 X 260 mm), Rücken über 6 erhabenen Bünden, mit floraler Rückenvergoldung und Rückenschild (Rücken fachgerecht hinterlegt). London, Christlieb Gottreich Seyffert, 1758. Erste englische Ausgabe der gefeierten 'Bybel der natuure'. Das von Swammerdam in seinen letzten vier Lebensjahren für die Veröffentlichung vorbereitete Manuskript blieb nach seinem frühen Ableben 1680 bis 1727 in französischem Privatbesitz, ehe es schliesslich der herausragende Arzt und Botaniker Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738) erwarbe. Weitere zehn Jahre später erschien schliesslich die Erstausgabe mit holländisch/lateinischem Paralleltext. "A magnificent folio work which contains perhaps the finest collections of microscopic studies ever produced by a single observer" (Dance, The Art of Natural History [1978], S. 183f.). Für diese englische Folioausgabe übernahm der Herausgeber John Hill (1716-1775), ein umtriebiger Londoner Arzt, Apotheker, Botaniker, Publizist und Romancier, sowohl Boerhaaves wichtige Biographie Swammerdams, als auch das lateinische Lobgedicht auf den Verfasser von dessen besten Freund in Amsterdam, dem Arzt Mattheus Sladus (1628-1689). Der spätestens seit 1757 im prosperierenden London wirkende deutsche Buchhändler Christlieb Gottreich Seyffert (tätig um 1757-1764) verlegte das kostspielige wissenschaftliche Buch auf Subskriptionsbasis. Alle 53 Kupfer der Originalausgabe von 1737/38 wurden von dem in Hamburg geborenen Kupferstecher Johann Christian Gottfried Fritsch (1720-1802) nachgestochen, "and clearly represented an ambitious and expensive initial project" (Graham Jefcoate in: Oxford DNB). Hill widmete die Ausgabe dem Präsidenten der Royal Society, George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield (1695-1764). - Der Tafelteil gleichmässig schwach gebräunt und minimal stockfleckig, ein vorzügliches Exemplar im zeitgenössischen Ledereinband. Gekröntes Bibliotheksschild "Chiswick - Bookcase - Shelf " [Chiswick House, London]. Nissen, ZBI, 4057; Darmstaedter 35f.; vgl. Dibner, Heralds of Science, 191; Norman 2037; Lindeboom, Boerhaave, 568; G. Jefcoate First English edition. The manuscript of Swammerdam's celebrated entomological work remained in private French hands until 1727 when the famous Dutch physician and botanist Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738) was able to buy it. Ten years later he finally published the work as 'Bybel der natuure - Biblia Naturae; sive historia insectorum' with parallel text in Dutch and Latin. "A magnificent folio work which contains perhaps the finest collections of microscopic studies ever produced by a single observer" (Dance, The Art of Natural History [1978], S. 183f.). For this English edition the editor John Hill (1716-1775), a committed publicist, physician, apothecary, botanist and novelist, reissued also Boerhaave's important biography of the author and the Latin panegyric of Swammerdam's best friend in Amsterdam, the physician Mattheus Sladus (1628-1689). The German bookseller Christlieb Gottreich Seyffert who was active in prosperous London since 1757 published the expensive work as a subscription-based enterprise. All the 53 plates of the original edition were accurately copied and etched by the Hamburg born engraver Johann Christian Gottfried Fritsch (1720-1802), "and clearly represented an ambitious and expensive initial project" (Graham Jefcoate in: Oxford DNB). Hill dedicated the edition to the president of the Royal Society, George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield (1695-1764). - The plates lightly browned and minimally foxed, a well-preserved and complete copy in its first binding. - Contemporary speckled calf, back on five raised bands and elaboratly gilt (expertedly rebacked). Seller Inventory # B350994

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The book of nature; or, the history: Swammerdam, Jan

Swammerdam, Jan

Published by Seyffert, London (1758)

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About this Item: Seyffert, London, 1758. Swammerdam, Jan (1637-80). The book of nature; or, the history of insects. . . . With the life of the author, by Herman Boerhaave. Translated from the Dutch and Latin original edition, by Thomas Flloyd. Revised and improved by notes from Reaumur and others by John Hill, M.D. 2 parts in 1, folio. [6], xx, [6], 236; 153, lxiii, [12]pp. 53 engraved plates, a few by Swammerdam. London: C. G. Seyffert, 1758. 440 x 274 mm. (uncut). Quarter calf, marbled boards in period style. Edges a bit frayed, light toning, but very good. First Edition in English. See Dibner 191. Despite a scientific career that lasted only a dozen years, Swammerdam was one of the outstanding comparative anatomists of the seventeenth century. His most remarkable work was in the field of insect anatomy, which he undertook in order to disprove Aristotle's claims that insects lack internal anatomy, develop by metamorphosis (sudden and complete transformation) and arise from spontaneous generation. By refining his techniques of microdissection and injection to the point where he could use them on the smallest and most delicate anatomical parts, Swammerdam was able to illustrate for the first time the complex internal structures of insects, including their reproductive organs; and to demonstrate the gradual development of an insect's adult form throughout all its larval stages. These observations are "indubitably the foundation of our modern knowledge of the structure, metamorphosis and classification of insects" (Cole, p. 285). In addition, Swammerdam performed valuable investigations of crustaceans, mollusks and frogs, and was the first to prove experimentally that muscles do not increase in bulk when contracted via nerve stimulation. The Biblia natura, Swammerdam's major work, was published fifty-seven years after his death by Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738), who assembled it from unpublished manuscript materials integrated with a slightly revised version of Swammerdam's Historia insectorum generalis (1669). Boerhaave's biography of the author, which prefaces the work, remains the chief published source of information about Swammerdam's life. The English translation of Biblia natura was prepared by the physician John Hill (1716?-75), author of several botanical treatises (including the monumental Vegetable System [1759-75]) and a host of miscellaneous works. Brazier, Neurophysiology in the 17th and 18th Centuries, pp. 40-45. Cole, History of Comparative Anatomy, pp. 270-305; Library of Early Medicine & Zoology, 731. Seller Inventory # 42737

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Swammerdam, Jan,

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About this Item: 1758. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Edition in English. Folio, [iv], xx, [viii], 236, 153, lxiii, [xii]pp, 53 copper plates, modern diced morocco, presentation copy. Seller Inventory # R13-502

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Biblia naturae; sive historia insectorum, in classes: SWAMMERDAM, Jan.

About this Item: Brunet V, 599; Dibner 191; Graesse VI, 532; Hagen, p. 209; Nissen, ZBI 4055; Wheeler Gift 291; cf. Wood 1758 (English edition). First edition of Swammerdam's remarkably detailed and accurate description of insect anatomy, with 53 extraordinary plates showing mostly insects (but also molluscs, crustaceans, frogs, an octopus, a squid and a fern), with greatly enlarged anatomical drawings, the whole edited after the author's death by the great scientist Herman Boerhaave, and with a biographical note on the author. "The foundation of our modern knowledge of the structure, metamorphosis and classification of insects" (Cole). Swammerdam's skill in dissecting these minute and fragile creatures and drawing their anatomy in great detail is astonishing, and "formed a good portion of the study of all invertebrate anatomy before Cuvier." (DSB). He avidly devoted much of his life to the study of insects, greatly admired them, and insisted against the fashion of his day that they were just as highly developed as other animals. By demonstrating the gradual nature of insect metamorphosis, showing the complexity of their inner anatomy, and debunking spontaneous generation he revolutionized the understanding of insects.Only slightly browned around the margins, with some occasional small spots, overall in very good condition. Bindings slightly stained, corners bumped, but otherwise in good condition. Seller Inventory # J47E18G2DTIO

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