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AMSTERDAM, PRIVATE COLLEGE OF. Observationes anatomicae selectiores - Observationum anatomicarum Collegii privati Amstelodamensis, pars altera. Amsterdam: Caspar Commelin, 1667-73.
Two parts in one volume, 12o (124 x 70 mm). Printer's woodcut device on title-pages, folding engraved plate at end of first part, 11 engravings in second part (one double-page, the rest full-page). (Some margins cropped affecting some running headlines, catchwords and signature marks.) Modern calf antique.
VERY RARE FIRST EDITION of the "only publication of one of the earliest scientific societies" (Garrison-Morton). Active from 1664-72, The Private College of Amsterdam was founded by Gerard Blaes and devoted itself to comparative anatomical and physiological investigations of the lower vertebrates, concentrating primarily on fishes and mammals. It was one of the earliest of the many European scientific societies established during the 17th century. This rare publication contains "the first publication of Swammerdam's early experiments with neuro-muscular physiology. Other portions of the works were probably written by Blaes (Garrison-Morton). Cole, Comparative Anatomy, pp. 330-341; Garrison-Morton 292.1; Nissen ZBI p. 47; Norman 51.
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