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EUSTACHI, Bartholomeo (?1520-1574). Libellus de dentibus. Venice: [Vincenzo Lucino], 1563.
4° (195 x 150mm). Woodcut printer's device on title [cf. Vaccaro p.298], repeated on N4v. Woodcut initials. (Variable light spotting.) Modern calf gilt, spine titled in gilt (spine and top edge of upper board lightly faded). Provenance: Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820, signature inkstamp on title verso, 'Duplicate given away J.D.', possibly Jonas Dryander, 1748-1810, Banks's librarian); R. Batty M.D. (?Robert Batty, ?1763-1849, obstetrician, inkstamp on title verso); J. Kennedy (?James Kennedy, ?1785-1851, physician and bibliographer, inscription and initials on title verso).
SIR JOSEPH BANKS'S COPY OF ONE OF THE FIRST DETAILED STUDIES OF TEETH. Libellus de dentibus was published as the second part of Eustachi's Opuscula anatomica (Venice: 1564-1563) and as a separate work, retaining its own title page (a1) in both forms (cf. Norman). 'Basing his work on the dissection of foetuses and newborn children, Eustachi was the first to study the teeth in any considerable detail. He provided an important description of the first and second dentitions and described the hard outer tissue and soft inner structure of the teeth. He also attempted an explanation of the problem of the sensitivity of the tooth's hard structure' (Garrison-Morton). For Libellus de dentibus: Garrison-Morton 3668; Waller 10615. For Opuscula anatomica: Adams E-1103; Choulant/Frank p.201; Durling 1408; Eimas 322; Norman 739; Poletti pp.64-67; Wellcome I, 2091.
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