Lot 133 of 196:
Nathaniel Highmore on the Circulation of Blood  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$5,100
Estimate:
$5,000 - $8,000

Title:
Corporis Humani Disquisitio Anatomica; in qua Sanguinis Circulationem in Quavis ...

Author:
Highmore, Nathaniel

Place:
The Hague

Publisher:
Samuel Broun

Date:
1651

Description:

[xii], 262, [8] pp. Additional illustrated title page. 18 numbered anatomical engravings (8 full page, one of which (12) is an inserted plate; 2 other small engravings, woodcut  head- and tail-pieces, initial letters. (Folio) 28.2x17.9 cm (11¼x7") period full calf. Custom cloth case. First Edition.

A reflection of the slow acceptance of revolutionary ideas, Highmore's work was the first textbook on anatomy to accept Harvey's theory of the circulation of the blood, which Harvey had first published twenty-three years earlier, in 1628. The striking engraved title of the volume incorporates the theory of the circulation into an engraved representation of the human body as a garden. Also contains the first description of the "antrum of Highmore" (maxillary sinus) and of the corpus Highmori (mediastinal testis). Provenance: Franz Keibel (1861-1929), important embryologist (bookplate); Harvard Medical Library, Gift of Frederic T. Lewis (bookplate); The Dean Edel Collection (sold Christies 10/2007); George Bray.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Front cover detached, rear joint and hinge cracked, small rectangular piece excised from front endpaper, bookplates; small worm tunnels, just touching the edge of the title page engraving and then in outer margin throughout; very good.


 
Item number:
259832
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