The integrative action of the nervous system. English issue, with rare presentation inscription: ... The integrative action of the nervous system. English issue, with rare presentation inscription: ... The integrative action of the nervous system. English issue, with rare presentation inscription: ...

The integrative action of the nervous system. English issue, with rare presentation inscription

Sherrington, Charles Scott

Published by Archibald Constable, London, 1906
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Sherrington, Sir Charles (1857-1952). The integrative action of the nervous system. 8vo. xvi, 411pp. Text illustrations (some full-page). London: Archibald Constable & Co., 1906. 223 x 148 mm. Original cloth, a bit shaken, corners a bit worn, crack in cloth across lower spine, front joint reglued. Some foxing and browning on first and last leaves, several leaves dog-eared, presumably by the recipient. Good copy, showing signs of being read by the recipient. Extremely Rare Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Sherrington on the title: "With very kind regards." Signature (dated Nov. 1906) of the recipient, British psychologist William McDougall (1871-1938), on the half-title, with his note "From the author" beneath; extensive notes in McDougall's hand on rear pastedown and verso of last index leaf, McDougall's numerous marginal lines in ink and pencil throughout the book marking paragraphs of interest. First Edition, British Issue. An extremely rare presentation copy of Sherrington's classic work, which "stands as the true foundation of modern neurophysiology" (Garrison's History of Neurology, p. 229). This is the only copy of Sherrington's classic inscribed by Sherrington to a known recipient that we have seen on the market during the past fifty years. The only other presentation copy that we handled was a copy of the American issue inscribed by Sherrington to an unidentified recipient. We handled that copy, which was exhibited in the Hundred Books Famous in Medicine exhibition at the Grolier Club, approximately forty years ago. Sherrington's neurophysiological researches "bridged the gap between the theoretical and speculative neurology of the nineteenth century and the empirical science of the twentieth. He carried out an extensive program of experimentation, and the results of these investigations placed clinical neurology on a sound scientific footing. His Investigative Action of the Nervous System, which summarized twenty years of intensive investigation, has been compared to William Harvey's De Motu Cordis for its significance as a turning point in the history of physiology" (Grolier Club, 100 Books Famous in Medicine, p. 326). Sherrington received a share of the 1932 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on the functions of neurons. Sherrington presented this copy to British psychologist William McDougall, author of the influential Introduction to Social Psychology (1908) and a founder of the British Psychological Society. Sherrington must have had a high opinion of McDougall, as he used his influence on occasion to help advance the younger man's career. In 1912 Sherrington sponsored McDougall for election to the Royal Society, filling out McDougall's candidate's certificate. After Sherrington obtained the Waynflete Professorship of Physiology at Oxford University in 1913, he helped McDougall, who was then the university's Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy, to establish Oxford's first laboratory of experimental psychology. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System is based on a series of Silliman Lectures that Sherrington delivered at Yale University in 1904. There are two issues of the 1906 first edition: The American issue, with the imprint of Charles Scribner's Sons, New York; and the British issue, with the imprint of Archibald Constable, which consists of the American-printed sheets with a new title. Although Printing and the Mind of Man and other bibliographies give the first edition's American imprint as "New Haven: Yale University Press," this is an error, as Yale did not take over the publication of Sherrington's book until the second printing of 1911. Dawson's catalogue 214 (Feb. 1971) states that publishing records show the British issue being published in October 1906, whereas the American issue was not published until December 8, 1906; it is thus claimed that the British issue is prior. This claim, although disputed, would tend to be confirmed by McDougall's dating the receipt of his copy in November, 1906. Whatever the case, it is certainly logical that Sherrington, an Englishman, would have given copies of the British issue of his book to friends or colleagues. Garrison-Morton 1432. Fulton, Sherrington, p. 182. Grolier Club, 100 Books Famous in Medicine, 90. Norman 1939. Printing and the Mind of Man 397. Ratcliffe, Jessica, "New acquisition: Experimental psychology instruments." Sphæra: The Newsletter of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. Oxford Museum of the History of Science, n.d. Web. Accessed 24 Nov. 2014. "William McDougall (1871-1938)." History of Psychology Centre. British Psychological Society, n.d. Web. Accessed 24 Nov. 2014. Bookseller Inventory # 43319

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Title: The integrative action of the nervous system...

Publisher: Archibald Constable, London

Publication Date: 1906

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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