6 December 2004
HIGHMORE, Nathaniel (1613-1685). Corporis humani disquisitio anatomica; in qua sanguinis circulationem in quavis corporis particula plurimis typis novis... prosequutus est. The Hague: Samuel Brown, 1651.
2o (285 x 182 mm). Additional engraved allegorical title, typographic explanation of engraved title on verso and typographic title printed in red and black, 18 numbered anatomical engravings of which 8 full-page (engraving 12 is an inserted plate), 2 small unnumbered engravings, woodcut head-piece and initials, with final blank leaf. Corrected state of plate 7 mounted on first state on I3v. (Some pale marginal soiling, pale stain at gutter of title.) Contemporary vellum (slightly soiled). Provenance: T.E. Leadbeater (signature on front pastedown).
FIRST EDITION of the first English anatomy to accept William Harvey's theory of the circulation of the blood. The work is dedicated to Harvey, with whom Highmore had worked at Oxford on experiments concerning the embryonic development of the chick. The engraved title represents an allegory of the body as a well-watered garden. "Although Highmore's physiology reflects the still medieval thinking of his time, the book was accepted as a standard anatomical textbook for many years and brought the author immediate recognition in England and abroad" (DSB). Garrison-Morton 382; Heirs of Hippocrates 499; NLM/Krivatsy 5602; Norman 1071; Russell 416; Waller 4456; Wellcome III, p. 263.
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