6 December 2004
MAYOW, John (1643-1679). Tractatus quinque medico-physici. Oxford: Sheldonian Theatre, 1674.
8o (185 x 113 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait and 6 folding plates. Contemporary speckled calf, edges stained red (joints cracked, spine label loose).
FIRST EDITION. Including revisions of two treatises (De respiratione and De rachitide) first published in 1668, and three new works, including his most celebrated work, De sal-nitro et spiritu nitro-aereo, on combustion, respiration, the composition of the atmosphere, and aerial-nitrate. Mayow was the first to suggest that only a portion of air is used in respiration and that the object of breathing was to abstract a definite group of life-giving particles from the air. Garrison-Morton 578; NLM/Krivatsy 7653; Norman 1474; Waller 6392.
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