HUNTER, John (1728-1793). Observations on the structure and oeconomy of whales. [London, 1787]. 4o (276 x 216 mm). 8 folding engraved plates by James Basire (1730-1802) after William Bell (d. 1792) (some offsetting from plates, affecting only one page of text). Small portrait of Hunter tipped into margin of A2 (1 inch marginal tear on title and first few preliminaries, occasional minor foxing). Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked, preserving original spine, corners worn, joints cracked). Provenance: The author (with his manuscript notes); Everard Home (1756-1832), Hunter's pupil and brother-in-law (manuscript marginalia); William Ingram Keir, M.D. (inscription); Kenneth Garth Huston (bookplate). This and the following items are separately paginated authors' offprints from Philosphical Transactions. Norman 1119. -- [Bound with:] HUNTER. Observations on bees. [London, 1792]. 4o. Norman 1121. -- [Bound with:] HUNTER. An experiment to determine the effect of extripating one ovarium upon the number of young produced. [London, 1787]. 4o. Norman 1120. -- [Bound with:] JENNER, Edward (1749-1823). Observations on the cuckoo. [London, 1788]. 4o. Small portrait of Jenner tipped onto verso of title (tiny hole to C2, not affecting text). Provenance: John Hunter (1728-1793), Jenner's tutor (marginalia). Norman 1161. -- [Bound with:] WELLS, William Charles. Observations on the influence, which excites the muscles of animals to contract in Mr. Galvani's experiments. [London, 1795]. 4o. Provenance: Everard Home (1756-1832), (presentation inscription by the author). -- [Bound with:] WILSON, James. A description of a very unusual formation of the human heart. [London, 1798]. 4o. Provenance: Everard Home (1756-1832), (presentation inscription by the author). Engraved plate by Basire. -- [Bound with:] YOUNG, Thomas (1773-1829). Observations on vision. [London, 1793]. 4o. Engraved plate by Basire, after drawing by the author. Garrison-Morton 1486; Norman 2273. -- [Bound with:] YOUNG, Thomas. On the mechanism of the eye. London: W. Bulmer & Co., 1801. 6 engraved plates by Basire, labelled II-VII. Garrison-Morton 1487; Norman 2274. -- [Bound with:] 9 other author's offprints from Philosphical Transactions, 1787-1805.
FIRST EDITIONS. Two of the papers have presentation inscriptions to Sir Everard Home, and the volume appears to have been collected by him. He acquired John Hunter's (his brother-in-law) library on his death. The first paper has several pencil notes by him, and he identified Hunter's hand in the notes on Jenner's paper.