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SPALLANZANI, Lazzaro (1729-99). Dissertazioni di fisica animale, e vegetabile, Modena: la Società Tipografica, 1780, 2 volumes, 8°, FIRST EDITION, 3 folding engraved plates (small wormhole to lower inner margin of title and the following 2 leaves in vol. I, part of lower margin of a few leaves torn away), contemporary Dutch wrappers ornamented in blue and gold, cloth slipcase (lower compartments of both spines repaired), partly uncut. [Blake, p. 427; GM 981; Norman 1983; Waller 11007] (2)

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SPALLANZANI, Lazzaro (1729-99). Dissertazioni di fisica animale, e vegetabile, Modena: la Società Tipografica, 1780, 2 volumes, 8°, FIRST EDITION, 3 folding engraved plates (small wormhole to lower inner margin of title and the following 2 leaves in vol. I, part of lower margin of a few leaves torn away), contemporary Dutch wrappers ornamented in blue and gold, cloth slipcase (lower compartments of both spines repaired), partly uncut. [Blake, p. 427; GM 981; Norman 1983; Waller 11007] (2)
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Ownership inscription to each endpaper: "Questo libro è del C. Carlo ?D'bson"; partly erased library stamp to each title; small shelfmark to spine of vol. I.

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GM: "Spallanzani confirmed earlier doctrines of the solvent property of the gastric juice and discovered the action of the saliva in digestion. He stated that gastric juice can act outside the body and can prevent or inhibit putrefaction. He obtained gastric juice by tying a sponge on a piece of string, then allowing it to be swallowed."

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