Berlin & Leipzig: George Jakob Decker, 1779.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003501
8vo (245 x 205 mm). , 68 pp., engraved title vignette, woodcut headpieces and 9 folding engraved plates of the brain by Glassbach after Hopffer. Contemporary blind-stamped half calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, red-dyed edges (wear and chipping of extremities). Text little age-toned, text correction in ink on p.50, plates creased and with minor waterstaining mostly to outer margins. Provenance: Carl Berger (ink inscription on title and flyleaf), Friedrich Hertlein (ink stamp on flyleaf), Stadtbibliothek Plauen (ink stamp on verso of title and final page). In all a very good copy. ----
NLM/Blake 295; Dezeimeris III, 548; Hirsch-Hübotter IV, 130. FIRST EDITION of this standard neurological work. Mayer studied in Greifswald, taught medicine at the University of Frankfurt an der Oder from 1778, took over the chair for botany and drug theory in Berlin in 1787 and became the king's personal physician and director of the botanical garden. The introduction to the book reads: "Die anatomische Beschreibung soll, mit den Kupfern zusammengehalten, im Stande seyn: die Lage und Ordnung der Theile, welche sich im Gehirne finden, zu erklären, und zugleich die Art anzuzeigen, wie man dieselben in ihrer natürlichen Folge entdecken kann" (The anatomical description, supported by the included copper engravings, shall be able to explain the position and order of the parts which are to be found in the brain, and at the same time to indicate the way in which they can be discovered in their natural sequence). "That the septum pellucidum consists of an inner compact fibrous layer, covered externally by a thin layer of gray matter, was first noticed by Mayer." "A grotesque confusion occurred when Mayer (1779) replaced the term hippocampus by hippopotamus" (Meyer, Historical Aspects of Cerebral Anatomy  p. 21, 97-98).
The engraved title vignette include the monogram of Karl Abraham Freiherr von Zedlitz, to whom the work is dedicated. - Visit our website to see more images!
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