SCARPA, Antonio (1747-1832). Tabulae neurologicae, Pavia: Balthasar Comini, 1794. 2° (624 x 465mm). 7 engraved plates by Faustino Anderloni (1766-1847) after Scarpa, each with an outline key plate. (Title lightly soiled, a few plates with marginal thumb-soiling, occasional light spotting.) Contemporary half calf (front cover almost detached, rear cover detached, spine chipped, rubbed). Provenance: Library of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (bookplate). FIRST EDITION OF SCARPA'S ANATOMIC MASTERPIECE, "the product of twenty years of research on the nerves. The seven life-size plates illustrate the human glossopharyngeal, vagus and hypoglossal nerves, which had never before been correctly shown. Scarpa was also the first to delineate correctly the nerves of the heart, and showed that the terminal ramifications of the cardiac nerves are directly connected to cardiac muscular fibres. Scarpa also showed that nerves are not always excited by a stimulus, which shed light on the inhibitory function of the cardiac nerves" (Norman). Blake p. 404; Garrison & Morton 1253; Norman 1897; Waller 8545.
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