Boston:: Richardson and Lord, 1827., 1827. 8vo. viii, (9)-334 pp. Original calf, gilt-ruled spine, red leather gilt-stamped label; joints repaired with kozo. Pages browned, foxed, and waterstained throughout. Owner's penciled name, "W. C. Bettencourt" [of Wilmington, North Carolina, fl.1854-1880s] on front free-endpaper and preface-page. Good. First Boston edition after the Philadelphia 1809 edition, which translated with second edition of Bichat. This issue translated by F. Gold, with notes by Francois Magendie (1783-1855), with added notes translated by George Hayward M. D. "When Volta questioned the validity of experiments claiming to show responsiveness of an ex vivo heart, devoid of blood flow and nervous connections, Bichat obtained permission to experiment on the freshly killed bodies of those guillotined during the French Revolution. His trials on both laboratory animals and human cadavers led him to conclude that cardiac excitation by electricity would occur only when the organ was simulated by direct contact." – Garrison and Morton 597. PROVENANCE: William C. Bettencourt, Wilmington, North Carolina, "first arrived in New Hanover County, North Carolina, as an immigrant from France in 1817. He had a wife Mary, a son William H. "Willie", and a daughter Amy. Bettencourt seems to have had significant financial resources and become prominent socially. He served as a director of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, ca. 1861–1862. He also served as postmaster in Wilmington for many years, from at least 1846 to the 1880s. In the 1850s he appears to have been a U.S. Treasury Department official in Wilmington. As a consequence, he had some political influence in the state of North Carolina and often traveled back and forth to Chapel Hill for business." – East Carolina University Joyner Library.
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