Founding Work of Developmental Chemical Embryology

    Walter Needham. Disquisitio Anatomica De Formato Foetu. London: William Godbid, 1667. First edition. Octavo. A8, a4, B-P8. (24), 205, (16) pages. With seven folding engraved plates. Modern antique calf, floral gilt design to spine with title in gilt on red label. A1-A3, outer margins chipped, no affect. Few minor repairs at the inner margin at end of book, no affect. Some foxing throughout. Turner Library stamp to title page. Old owner's signature at top of title page, also old signature of "George Bell" at top of title page. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Founding work of developmental chemical embryology, his first book reporting chemical experiments on the developing mammalian embryo, and the first to give practical instructions on dissection of embryos. Needham was also the first to describe the solid bodies in the amniotic fluid, and to give a comparative account of the secondary apparatus of generation." - Garrison-Morton, 467.2. "Walter Needham (1631? - 1691?), physician and anatomist, born about 1631... His chief published work,.. Disquisitio anatmoica de formato Foetu, London 1667, dedicated to Robert Boyle, and published by Radulph Needham at the Bell in Little Britain... The book treats of the structure and functions of the placenta or afterbirth in man and animals. It is written in excellent idiomatic Latin." - DNB. Wing N411. Wellcome IV: 218. ESTC R14283. Fulton 267. GM 467.2. Krivatsy 8284. Norman 1579. Waller 6824. Russell 623.

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