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BRIGGS, William (1642-1704). Ophthalmo-graphia, sive oculi eiusque partium descriptio. Cambridge: Joannes Hayes for Jonathan Hart, 1676.
8o (143 x 87 mm). 2 folding engraved plates. (Some scattered foxing and spotting to text and plates, some marginal browning.) Modern speckled calf antique. Provenance: George Howe (contemporary signature on title-page).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST ENGLISH TREATISE ON THE ANATOMY OF THE EYE. "Briggs described the papilla of the optic disc and hypothesized that vibrations caused by rays of light striking fibres of the retina were conveyed to the papilla and thence to the optic thalami, on the model of a spider's web" (Garrison-Morton). Garrison-Morton 1481.2; NLM/Krivatsy 1779; Wellcome II, p. 238; Wing B-4668; Norman 340.
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