London: T. Cadell, 1772.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #003706
I. Experimental Inquiries: Part the First Being a second edition of An inquiry into the properties of the blood. With remarks on some of its morbid appearances: and an appendix, relating to The Discovery of the Lymphatic System in Birds, Fish. . . London: T. Cadell, 1772. xvi, 223  pp., including half-title, 6 engraved plates (of which 5 folding). Contemporary ink signature of W.Moorhouse to title. Minor occasional spotting, small brown stain to pp. 102-103, generally crisp and clean. Provenance: Haskell F. Norman (bookplate to front pastedown). II. Experimental Inquiries: Part the Second. Containing A Description Of The Lymphatic System In the Human Subject, And in Other Animals : Illustrated With Plates ; Together with Observations on the Lymph, and the Changes which it undergoes in some Diseases. . . London: J. Johnson, 1774. xvi, 239  pp., including half-title, 6 engraved plates (5 folding). Plate II misbound after plate V. Somewhat browned at outer margins, title and preliminaries with light waterstaining. Provenance: Presentation copy from the author to the anatomist John Sheldon inscribed on half-title, with Sheldon's engraved bookplate and in manuscript note "Joanni Jones dono dedit Rebecca Sheldon 1809" below; Haskell F. Norman (bookplate to front pastedown). III. Experimental Inquiries: Part the Third. Containing a description of the red particles of the blood in the human subject and in other animals; with an account of the structure and offices of the lymphatic glands, of the Thymus Gland, and of the Spleen: being the remaining part of the observations and experiments of the late Mr. William Hewson, F. R. S. and Teacher of Anatomy. . . [edited] by Magnus Falconar. London: T. Longman, 1777. xxi, , 144,  pp., including half-title, errata leaf, 4 folding engraved plates. Text and plates quite clean and bright, half-title somewhat dust-soiled and foxed, faint trace of library stamp at foot of title, clean tear to p.39/40 repaired. 8vo. A mixed set of three volumes, uniformly rebacked to match with gilt-lettered red morocco labels. Vol. I (200 x 124 mm), contemporary sheep and slightly smaller, vols. II and III (208 x 125 mm), contemporary calf, all rubbed, some worming to lower covers, rebacked, vol.3 with new endpapers. ----
br>Norman 1069 (this copy); Wellcome III, 259. SECOND EDITION OF PART I, FIRST EDITIONS OF PARTS II AND III. The first accurate account of blood coagulation and the first complete account of the lymphatics; rare to find all three volumes together. Hewson advanced knowledge of blood during the 1770s, when the microscope was little used because of distortions caused by compound lenses. Hewson used a single lens, and discovered a satisfactory way to mount "wet" specimens on slides, and so was able to ascertain the role of fibrogen, and give the first valid account of coagulation; to give the first account of the anatomy and production of lymphatics, and to describe clearly the three parts of the blood. Hewson's experimental findings were first published in 3 contiguously papers in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London in 1771 (see Garrison-Morton 863). - Visit our website to see more images!
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