London: John Martyn, 1675.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #002057
I. Anatome plantarum. Cui subjungitur appendix iteratas & auctas ejusdem authoris de ovo incubato observationes continens. II. Anatomes plantarum pars altera. 1675-1679. Two works in two volumes. Folio (362x236 mm). , 15, , 82, , 20; , 93,  pp. including elaborately engraved allegorical frontispiece in each volume by Robert White, letterpress titles in red & black with large engraved arms of the Royal Society, and 100 engraved plates. Contemporary vellum (soiled, corners worn, spine of vol I repaired). Engraved frontispiece and title-leave in vol. 1 reinforced at gutter, frontispiece also with paper repair to lower corner, tear to lower margin of frontispiece and title leave in vol. 2. Light browning, occasional spotting and mainly marginal dampstaining to text and plates, few plates in vol. 2 with wormholes in lower margin not affecting image. Provenance: W.V.W.H. (initials dated 1687); The Janus Foundation of San Francisco (bookplates to pastedowns); W. Junk (bookseller labels). Fine copy with ample margins. Complete. ----
Dibner 22; Horblit 43a; Norman 1430; Garrison-Morton 536; Henrey 239; Morton, pp 178-194; Nissen (botany) 1269; Wing M-345. -
FIRST EDITION. Malpighi, together with Nehemiah Grew, founded the science of plant anatomy: both men published their first works on the subject in 1671, and although they worked independently of one another, each was aware of the other's continuing investigations over the fifteen years following. Unlike Grew's Anatomy of Plants, which was written as a complete textbook of plant anatomy, Malpighi's Anatome plantarum contained only the account of his own researches. Apart from the contributions paralleled in Grew's work, the Anatome is valuable for its clear accounts of details Grew failed to see, and for introducing a standard Latin-based terminology for the various plant organs and structures. As with Grew, the microscope was fundamental to Malpighi's investigations; "the many anatomical observations made by Grew and Malpighi still excite astonished admiration by their completeness, accuracy and grasp of reality - almost all eventually became part of the enduring foundation of plant anatomy" (Morton, p 192). The first volume of Malpighi's work also contains as an appendix a reprint of his De ovi incubato (1672).
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