6 December 2004
MALPIGHI, Marcello. De viscerum structura exercitatio anatomica. Bologna: Giacomo Monti, 1666.
4o (225 x 165 mm). (Repaired tear on G2v [patched prior to printing], some pale marginal dampstaining.) Contemporary calf (rebacked preserving original spine, a bit rubbed). Provenance: Ludovici Gadioti (signature on title).
RARE FIRST EDITION of this collection of anatomical treatises, which includes Malpighi's classic treatise on the kidney, De renibus proemium, in which he described the uriniferous tubules as well as the "Malpighian bodies." It also includes the first description of Hodgkin's disease on pages 125-26. "Malpighi's studies of the kidney gave support to his iatromechanical theory of glands as secretion machines; he concluded that the glomeruli were in direct contact with both arteries and veins, and postulated a similar connection between the glomeruli and uninary vessels" (Norman). The final work included is his chief hematological treatise, De polypo cordis dissertatio, which contains Malpighi's demonstration that the polyps consisted of coagulum found in normal blood. Garrison-Morton 535 and 1230; NLM/Krivatsy 7331; Norman 1427.
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