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CHARLETON, Walter (1619-1707). Natural History of Nutrition, Life and Voluntary Motion. Containing all the new discoveries of Anatomist's, and most probable opinions of Physicians, concerning the oeconomie of Human Nature... London: Henry Herringman, 1659.
4o (215 x 158 mm., large paper copy). 6 engraved diagrams in text. Contemporary red goatskin elaborately gilt, sides tooled with an outer border of semi-circles, gilt panel with decoration in each corner and lozenge-shaped centre-piece of strawberry volutes and flowers, spine in six compartments gilt, edges gilt (head of spine and joints professionally repaired). Provenance: Kenneth Garth Huston (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. Charleton was an unusually gifted physician, zoologist, and archeologist who studied physics, theology, and natural history. He was one of the founders of the Royal Society and later served as it's president. The above is the first English textbook on physiology based on mechanical philosophy. Possibly a presentation binding. NLM/Krivatsy 2383; Wing C-3684; Norman 459.
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