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    Le Cat, Claude-Nicolas. Traité Des Sensations Et Des Passions En Général, Et Des Sens En Particulier, Ouvrage Divisé En Deux Parties. Paris: Vallat-La-Chapelle, 1767. 8vo. 2 vols. a-f8,A-Q8,R4; ¹1, a-c8, d4+2,O-2T8. xcv,[1],264;lvi,[4] 201-684. Contemporary mottled sheep, gilt spine,title on red leather label, edges marbled, matching marbled endpapers; spine ends chipped, front joints starting. Presentation copy.Titles inscribed "Jean Charles Grossard...ex dono auctori," pencil annotations. Portrait by Thomiers, engraved frontispiece by Bacheley, engraved headpiece vignettes by Henrisset, 17 plates (16 folding.) First Collected Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $450


    More Information: Le Cat (1700-1768) surgeon, anatomist, & physiologist. In 1736 he established a school for anatomy & surgery in Rouen. "The Traité des sens, Le Cat's most important work, grew as much out of his researches in physics as in physiology. In it Le Cat presented a theory of the propagation of light contrary to that of Newtonian attraction. He further reported on the pigmented choroid coat of the eye and assigned it a common embryonic origin with the pigment of the skin." [Includes a reprint of Le Cats' 1740 work Traité des Sens together with the first edition of his Traité des Sensations.  A year later (1768) a third volume was issued "La théorie de l'ouie" which is not here; but this work is complete as issued.]

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