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HALES, Stephen (1677-1761). Statical Essays, London: W. Innys and R. Manby, 1738-1740, 2 volumes, mixed edition, volume I third and volume II second edition, 19 engraved plates (clean deep tear to K6 in vol. I affecting 2 lines of text, occasional spotting, leaves in vol. II lightly browned), modern calf. [Blake, p. 194] (2)

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HALES, Stephen (1677-1761). Statical Essays, London: W. Innys and R. Manby, 1738-1740, 2 volumes, mixed edition, volume I third and volume II second edition, 19 engraved plates (clean deep tear to K6 in vol. I affecting 2 lines of text, occasional spotting, leaves in vol. II lightly browned), modern calf. [Blake, p. 194] (2)
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One of the less well known discoveries described by Hales in this famous work concerns the determination of height by the extent to which the long bones of the body grow before they become fully calcified, which he demonstrated by means of an experiment on "a half-grown Chick" (see Drummond & Wilbraham, pp. 199-200).
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