Leidae:: J. & H. Verbeek, 1754-1758., 1754. Four (of 8) parts in two volumes. 4to. 104, , 114, [2 blank]; 120, 118,  pp. 28 folding plates (7 at (or near) rear of each section), index; some crinkling, light browning esp. at edges, ink stain on title of part one. 20th century textured brown gilt-stamped cloth; extremities rubbed, rear library pockets removed. Bookplates of Columbia University and small aqua rubber ink stamps ["dupl."] on titles with ink signature of H.D. Kalmus [etc.] on side edge margin of titles. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Parts one through four, of the eventual eight published between 1754-1768. With the full complement of plates associated with the first four parts, each executed by Jan Wandelaer. These works includes Albinus's anatomic-physiologic studies on humans, including the teeth, and even animals. Interestingly, Albinus denied the concept of a "nerve liquid" (supported by both Boerhaave and Haller), not believing that nerves played a primary role in muscular contraction, he stated that the "movement principle" resided in the muscle fiber itself. He also denied that the body consisted entirely of vessels, and sought to find the body's primal substance in its membranes. These views brought Albinus into dispute with Haller. Nevertheless, Albinus experimented with membranes before Haller did and "it seems plausible that Albinus even simulated Haller's efforts in this direction" - Punt, Bernhard Siegfried Albinus. . . , p. 94 and pp. 90-93. REFERENCES: Blake, NLM, p. 9; Choulant-Frank, p. 283; Cushing A102; Heirs of Hippocrates 838 [7 parts of 8]; Waller 336 (parts 1-3 only); Wellcome II, p. 26. (Inventory #: M12977)
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