Lot 139 of 196:
Five tracts on medicine by John Mayow 1674  

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Tractatus Quinque Medico-Physici, quorum Primus agit da Sal-Nitroet Spiritu Nitro-Aereo; Secundus de Respiratione; Tertius de Respiratione Foetus in Utero et Ovo; Quartus de Motu Musculari et Spiritibus Animalibus; Ultimus de Rhachitide.

Mayow, John


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[xl], 335, [1 blank], 152 pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece (trimmed and mounted) 6 engraved folding plates at rear. (8vo) 17.5x11.5 cm (7x4½") later full paneled calf, spine lettered in gilt. First combined edition.

First Edition of the first, third and fourth tracts, the other two having first appeared in 1668. "Mayow was the first to locate the seat of animal heat in the muscles; he discovered the double articulation of the ribs with the spine and came near to discovering oxygen in his suggestion that the object of breathing was to abstract from the air a definite group of live-giving "particles..." (Garrison-Morton). Garrison-Morton 2726.2; Norman 1474.

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Light wear to binding, hinges cracking, some foxing; very good.

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