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The Anatomical Exercises of Dr. William Harvey De Motu Cordis 1628 De Circulatione Sanguinis 1653

By William Harvey

1928

The Nonesuch Press : London

8" by 5"

xvi, 202pp, [1pp]

 

 

 

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A smartly bound signed limited edition copy of William Harvey's important anatomical work.

A limited edition work, published by Nonesuch on the tercentenary of the publication of 'De Motu Cordis'. This copy is printed on Dutch paper, being numbered 180 out of 1,450. Signed by the editor, Geoffrey Keynes, to the edition page to the rear. This work contains William Harvey's most important anatomical pieces. 'De Motu Cordis' is an account of the circulation of blood, being the first detailed account of how we now know blood is bumped to the brain and body from the heart. This was a landmark work in science, not only for it's substance, but also due to the method Harvey used to observe and experiment with the blood flow. 'De Circulatione Sanguinis' is two anatomical disquisitions to John Riolan, with refutations to objections to his theories of the circulation of blood. Riolan was a French anatomist, who differed from Harvey's opinion, believing that blood travelled through blood vessels to the body's extremities, and only returned to the heart two or three times a day. With a folding plate facing page eighty-seven, showing the valves in the veins of the forearm. The Nonesuch Press specialised in limited edition and private press. They were founded by Francis Meynell, his second wife Vera Mendel and their friend David Garnett. Their aspiration was for their publications to be aligned with the same aesthetic standards as the private press movement. They were unusual as they used a small Albion press to design the books, but had them printed by commercial printers. In doing so, books with the quality of a fine-press were produced, but available to a wider audience at lower prices. Undated, dated from Copac. Prior owner's ex-libris stamp to the recto to the front endpaper, belonging to J. R. Kirkup.

CONDITION

In the publisher's original full calf binding. Externally, smart. Light marking to the boards, being heavier to the rear. Minor bumping to the head of the spine and to the extremities has resulted in a very little loss. Scattered spots to the fore edge. Prior owner's ex-libris stamp to the recto to the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with scattered spots, mostly to the first and last few pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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