Venus physique. N.p.: 1744. 12o (161 x 90 mm). Original paper-backed boards, title ink-lettered on spine and front cover, uncut; cloth folding case. Provenance: Guiven (signature on divisional title). FIRST EDITION of Maupertuis' more fully analyzed argument against the the biological theory of of the preformation of the embryo. Based on research performed shortly after his arrival in Berlin in 1740, he argued that biparental heredity required corporeal contributions from each parent. The first part reprints his Dissertation physique l'occasion du ngre blanc (1744, see above). Garrison-Morton 215.2; Heirs of Hippocrates 847; Osler 3350; Norman 1460. [With:] PICARD, Jean (1620-1682). Dgr du mridien entre Paris et Amiens, dtermin par la mesure de M. Picard, et par les observations de mrs. de Maupertuis, Clairaut, Camus, le Monnier, de l'Acadmie Royale des Sciences. Paris: G. Martin, J.B. Coignard, and H.L. Guerin, 1740. 8o (193 x121 mm). 8 folding engraved plates by D'Heulland. 18th-century French red morocco gilt, edges gilt. FIRST EDITION, includes a reprint of Picard's Mesure de la terre (1671), in which he had precisely determined the length of a degree of meridian based upon measurements of the distance between Paris and Amiens. Norman 1695. (4) " /> [MAUPERTUIS, Pierre Louis Moreau de (1698-1759)]. <I>La figure de la terre, dtermine ... par les observations au cercle polaire</I>. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1738. 8<V>o (196 x 122 mm). Folding engraved map and 9 folding engraved plates. (Some very light marginal dampstaining.) Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt. <I>Provenance</I>: Lon Duchesne de la Sicotire (bookplate). FIRST EDITION containing the results of the geodetic expedition he led to Lapland to measure a degree of meridian at the polar circle. Norman 1458 -- MAUPERTUIS. <I>Dissertation physique l'occasion du ngre blanc</I>. Leiden: n.p., 1744. 8<V>o (160 x 100 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt. <I>Provenance</I>: "Tiffeyre" (signature on front flyleaf). FIRST EDITION of Maupertuis' research into the mechanics of human genetics. "Stimulated by the much talked about appearance of an albino negro in Paris, Maupertuis expressed theories of biparental heredity and epigenesis which substantially anticipated those of Darwin, Mendel, and De Vries nearly a century and a half later" (Garrison-Morton). Garrison-Morton 215.1; Norman 1459 -- MAUPERTUIS. <I>Venus physique</I>. N.p.: 1744. 12<V>o (161 x 90 mm). Original paper-backed boards, title ink-lettered on spine and front cover, uncut; cloth folding case. <I>Provenance</I>: Guiven (signature on divisional title). FIRST EDITION of Maupertuis' more fully analyzed argument against the the biological theory of of the preformation of the embryo. Based on research performed shortly after his arrival in Berlin in 1740, he argued that biparental heredity required corporeal contributions from each parent. The first part reprints his <I>Dissertation physique l'occasion du ngre blanc</I> (1744, see above). Garrison-Morton 215.2; <I>Heirs of Hippocrates</I> 847; Osler 3350; Norman 1460. [<I>With</I>:] PICARD, Jean (1620-1682). <I>Dgr du mridien entre Paris et Amiens, dtermin par la mesure de M. Picard, et par les observations de mrs. de Maupertuis, Clairaut, Camus, le Monnier, de l'Acadmie Royale des Sciences</I>. Paris: G. Martin, J.B. Coignard, and H.L. Guerin, 1740. 8<V>o (193 x121 mm). 8 folding engraved plates by D'Heulland. 18th-century French red morocco gilt, edges gilt. FIRST EDITION, includes a reprint of Picard's <I>Mesure de la terre</I> (1671), in which he had precisely determined the length of a degree of meridian based upon measurements of the distance between Paris and Amiens. Norman 1695. (4) | Christie's
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    The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine Part 2

    15 - 16 June 1998, New York, Park Avenue

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    [MAUPERTUIS, Pierre Louis Moreau de (1698-1759)]. La figure de la terre, dtermine ... par les observations au cercle polaire. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1738. 8o (196 x 122 mm). Folding engraved map and 9 folding engraved plates. (Some very light marginal dampstaining.) Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt. Provenance: Lon Duchesne de la Sicotire (bookplate). FIRST EDITION containing the results of the geodetic expedition he led to Lapland to measure a degree of meridian at the polar circle. Norman 1458 -- MAUPERTUIS. Dissertation physique l'occasion du ngre blanc. Leiden: n.p., 1744. 8o (160 x 100 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt. Provenance: "Tiffeyre" (signature on front flyleaf). FIRST EDITION of Maupertuis' research into the mechanics of human genetics. "Stimulated by the much talked about appearance of an albino negro in Paris, Maupertuis expressed theories of biparental heredity and epigenesis which substantially anticipated those of Darwin, Mendel, and De Vries nearly a century and a half later" (Garrison-Morton). Garrison-Morton 215.1; Norman 1459 -- MAUPERTUIS. Venus physique. N.p.: 1744. 12o (161 x 90 mm). Original paper-backed boards, title ink-lettered on spine and front cover, uncut; cloth folding case. Provenance: Guiven (signature on divisional title). FIRST EDITION of Maupertuis' more fully analyzed argument against the the biological theory of of the preformation of the embryo. Based on research performed shortly after his arrival in Berlin in 1740, he argued that biparental heredity required corporeal contributions from each parent. The first part reprints his Dissertation physique l'occasion du ngre blanc (1744, see above). Garrison-Morton 215.2; Heirs of Hippocrates 847; Osler 3350; Norman 1460.

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    PICARD, Jean (1620-1682). Dgr du mridien entre Paris et Amiens, dtermin par la mesure de M. Picard, et par les observations de mrs. de Maupertuis, Clairaut, Camus, le Monnier, de l'Acadmie Royale des Sciences. Paris: G. Martin, J.B. Coignard, and H.L. Guerin, 1740. 8o (193 x121 mm). 8 folding engraved plates by D'Heulland. 18th-century French red morocco gilt, edges gilt. FIRST EDITION, includes a reprint of Picard's Mesure de la terre (1671), in which he had precisely determined the length of a degree of meridian based upon measurements of the distance between Paris and Amiens. Norman 1695. (4)

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    [MAUPERTUIS, Pierre Louis Moreau de (1698-1759)]. La figure de la terre, dtermine ... par les observations au cercle polaire. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1738. 8o (196 x 122 mm). Folding engraved map and 9 folding engraved plates. (Some very light marginal dampstaining.) Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt. Provenance: Lon Duchesne de la Sicotire (bookplate). FIRST EDITION containing the results of the geodetic expedition he led to Lapland to measure a degree of meridian at the polar circle. Norman 1458 -- MAUPERTUIS. Dissertation physique l'occasion du ngre blanc. Leiden: n.p., 1744. 8o (160 x 100 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt. Provenance: "Tiffeyre" (signature on front flyleaf). FIRST EDITION of Maupertuis' research into the mechanics of human genetics. "Stimulated by the much talked about appearance of an albino negro in Paris, Maupertuis expressed theories of biparental heredity and epigenesis which substantially anticipated those of Darwin, Mendel, and De Vries nearly a century and a half later" (Garrison-Morton). Garrison-Morton 215.1; Norman 1459 -- MAUPERTUIS. Venus physique. N.p.: 1744. 12o (161 x 90 mm). Original paper-backed boards, title ink-lettered on spine and front cover, uncut; cloth folding case. Provenance: Guiven (signature on divisional title). FIRST EDITION of Maupertuis' more fully analyzed argument against the the biological theory of of the preformation of the embryo. Based on research performed shortly after his arrival in Berlin in 1740, he argued that biparental heredity required corporeal contributions from each parent. The first part reprints his Dissertation physique l'occasion du ngre blanc (1744, see above). Garrison-Morton 215.2; Heirs of Hippocrates 847; Osler 3350; Norman 1460.

    [With:]

    PICARD, Jean (1620-1682). Dgr du mridien entre Paris et Amiens, dtermin par la mesure de M. Picard, et par les observations de mrs. de Maupertuis, Clairaut, Camus, le Monnier, de l'Acadmie Royale des Sciences. Paris: G. Martin, J.B. Coignard, and H.L. Guerin, 1740. 8o (193 x121 mm). 8 folding engraved plates by D'Heulland. 18th-century French red morocco gilt, edges gilt. FIRST EDITION, includes a reprint of Picard's Mesure de la terre (1671), in which he had precisely determined the length of a degree of meridian based upon measurements of the distance between Paris and Amiens. Norman 1695. (4)


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