by TREMBLEY, Abraham
Thirteen folding engraved plates & four finely engraved large headpieces. xv, , 324 pp., one leaf of instructions to the binder. Large 4to, cont. speckled calf, spine nicely gilt. Leyden: J. & H. Verbeek, 1744. First edition and a fine copy of this handsomely illustrated book. "Trembley discovered the hydra and was the first to observe in its asexual reproduction, regeneration, and photosensitivity in an animal without eyes. His experiments were of great importance in the study of regeneration of lost parts. He was the first to make permanent grafts and to witness cell-division."-Garrison-Morton 307. Trembley performed much of his research for the present book, his most important, while living as tutor in the household of William Bentinck in the mansion of Sorgvliet near The Hague. The four fine headpieces by Jan van der Schley after C. Pronk represent the fish ponds and the laboratory, showing Trembley and his two students. Handsome copy. Old library stamp at foot of title, with release stamp. ❧ D.S.B., XIII, pp. 457-58.
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