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by GRAAF, Regneri de [Regnerus / Reinier] (1641-1673).
Amsterdam:: Ex Officina Wetsteniana, 1705., 1705. 8vo. , 537,  pp. Title and "Index [=contents]" [leaves] printed in red & black. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, historiated title, collected works title, title vignette, PLATES*: 39 engraved plates (25 folding), indexes, errata; marginal worming pp. 109-142, 6 plates with mended tears. Original full blind-stamped mottled calf; rebacked to style (raised bands, light brown gilt-stamped morocco label), mottled edges, later endleaves. Ownership signatures on title of S. Myddelton; Milicent [Millicent] Dwight, Feb. 14, 1725. Very good. FORMERLY OWNED BY STARKEY MYDDELTON (-1755), MIDWIFE, SURGEON & MILLICENT DWIGHT, WIFE OF SAMUEL DWIGHT (1669'-1737). "de Graaf's collected volume of eight works contains all of his important works, including his books on the male and female genital and on the pancreas." This edition is well-illustrated with 39 plates, including an hermaphrodite plate , and de Graaf's chief medical instrument . Marc Klein, University of Strasbourg, contributed the DSB entry for Graaf, gives such high commendation to de Graaf's anatomical plates that "even today the physiology of the ovary can be illustrated by utilizing de Graaf's plates without modification." – DSB, V, [p.485]. An early collected edition of de Graaf's complete works on the male and female reproductive organs, and the pancreas, including a brief biography. Fraad, who demonstrated ovulation anatomically, pathologically and experimentally, gave the first account of the structures named the 'Graafian follicles'; he gave a full and exact account of the male reproductive system and described for the first time the corpus luteum and gave the first account of the testis that showed that it was made up on tubes folded into lobules. He also made classic investigations of the pancreatic secretion.The book features an elaborate allegorical engraved title-page, a lifelike portrait engraving of the author (who was said to be a very elegant man with a sense of humor) and a complete set of stunning beautifully anatomical engravings. One of the plates shows the fetus developing in the ovary and horn of the uterus as opposed to the uterus proper. PROVENANCE: Dr. Starkey Myddelton (1688-1755), midwife, surgeon, "Preacher of the Gospel" Bath & London resident, "appears to have been twice married," [first to Susanna, and then Dinah], with his bookplate [Armorial shield depicting two naked children standing hand in hand upon a pedestal. With helmet, crest and motto "spes in deo"] and signature [ca.1724] – a medal medallion was also made to his honor; Milicent [Millicent] Dwight,** Feb. 14, 1725. Wife of Samuel Dwight (1669'-1737) [his father was John Dwight], who was admitted to the College of Physicians in 1731. He practiced in Fulham and died six years later in 1737. See: Munk's Roll, II, p.117; DNB. Note: Myddelton wrote, "An Account of an Extra-Uterine Conception; By Starkey Myddelton, M.D." Philosophical Transactions, January 1, 1753. vol. 43: pp. 336–340. See: DSB, V, pp. 484-5; Heirs of Hippocrates 639 [Leiden, 1678 2nd collected ed.]; NLM-Blake, p.182; O'Dowd, The History of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, (1994); Waller 3676 [states pls. are 27 + 1+1]; Wellcome III, p. 142. ** See: Fulham Old and New: Being an Exhaustive History of the Ancient ..., Volume 2, pp.53-4. Discusses the complexity and misunderstandings surrounding certain gentlemen with the given name Dwight, one of this having been referred to as a "Dr. [Samuel] Dwight, author of several curious treatises in Physick, died at Furlham 10, Nov. 1737.[!] "John Dwight the younger, by his wife Millicent, had four children, Philip, . . . Jane ..., George Henry, and Millicent, who was buried at Fulham, 3 May 1732."
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