Paris: Duprat-Duverger, 1805. Vicq d’Azyr, Felix (1748-94). Oeuvres . . . recueillies et publičes avec des notes et un discours sur sa vie et ses ouvrages par Jacq. L. Moreau (de la Sarthe). 6 vols., 8vo, plus folio atlas containing 40 plates (some double-page). Engraved frontispiece in Vol. I; lacking the printed folding table in Vol. IV. Paris: Duprat-Duverger, An XIII-1805. 199 x 127 mm. (text); 336 x 257 mm. (atlas). Uniformly bound in quarter morocco, marbled boards in period style. Some foxing and browning, leaf repaired in Vol. I, otherwise very good apart from the missing table. 19th century ownership inscription in Vol. II of Olivier du Vivier, Belgian writer on botany. Only Collected Edition. Physician to Marie Antoinette, Vicq d’Azyr was the greatest comparative anatomist of the 18th century. He identified for the first time many of the cerebral convolutions, along with various internal structures of the brain. He described the mammillothalamic tract, which still bears his name, as well as the central sulcus with the pre- and postcentral convolutions and insula, anticipating Reil’s and Rolando’s accounts by 20 years. Vicq d’Azyr died at the age of 46, having published only the first volume of his Traité d’anatomie et de physiologie (1786; Garrison-Morton 401.2), a work of the greatest rarity. Volume VI and the atlas of the Oeuvres contain the second edition of the Traité with some of the finest and most accurate views of the brain and nervous system to be found in neurological literature. Vols. I-III contain Vicq d’Azyr’s Eloges historiques on the lives of great naturalists, chemists and physicians; Vols. IV-V contain his epochal studies in descriptive and comparative anatomy, including the famous works on the flexor and extensor muscles of man and animals, the vocal cords, and the structure of birds and quadrupeds. Vol. I also includes a biography and bibliography of Vicq d’Azyr. Garrison-Morton.com 313. Garrison / McHenry, pp. 104-5. Clarke & O’Malley, The Human Brain and Spinal Cord, pp. 269-70; 590-93. Waller 9951 (lacking the atlas). (Inventory #: 44007)
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