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NEEDHAM, Walter (ca. 1631 - ca. 1691). Disquisitio anatomica de formato foetu. London: William Godbid for Radulph Needham, 1667.
8o (166 x 106 mm). 7 folding engraved plates. (Some minor soiling, small rust hole on F4 catching a few letters.) 18th-century mottled calf gilt (a little wear at spine ends); cloth folding case. Provenance: Weston Library (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS FOUNDING WORK ON DEVELOPMENTAL CHEMICAL EMBRYOLOGY. Needham's work is the "first book to report chemical experiments on the developing mammalian embryo, and the first to give practical instructions on dissection of embryos" (Garrison-Morton). Needham also gave the first description of the solid bodies in the amniotic fluid, and provided a comparative account of the secondary apparatus of generation. Garrison-Morton 467.2; Wing N-411; Norman 1579.
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