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SWAMMERDAM, JAN (et al),

Published by Perth (Scotland), R. Morison 1792. (1792)

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About this Item: Perth (Scotland), R. Morison 1792., 1792. (IV)+210 pp. With 20 engr. plts. depicting num. insects. Hardcover. Or. full morocco, spine gilt. Good. (Joints a bit weak/starting, binding rubbed, spine ends sl. dam.; occas. light foxing/browning). Seller Inventory # 58038

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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Swammerdam's major work, was published fifty-seven years after his death by Herman Boerhaave, who assembled it from unpublished manuscript materials integrated with a slightly revised version of Swammerdam's Historia Insectorum Generalis (1669).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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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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