Lot 112 of 196:
Borelli on the action of the heart 1680-81  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$8,400
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De Motu Animalium

Borelli, Giovanni Alphonso


Angeli Bernabo



2 volumes. [xii], 376, [11]; [iv], 520 pp. 18 engraved folding plates. (4to) 21.5x16 cm (8½x6¼") early full limp vellum, spines lettered by hand. Housed together in custom chemises and slipcase. First Edition.

"Borelli originated the neurogenic theory of the heart's action and first suggested that the circulation resembled a simple hydraulic system. He was the first to insist that the heart beat was a simple muscular contraction"--Garrison-Morton 762. Horblit 13; Norman 270. Bookplate of the William A. Burden collection, another early physician's signature mounted to free endpapers.

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Typical yellowing to vellum; notes in an early hand in margins, light foxing; very good.

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