The anatomy of plants. With an idea of a philosophical history of plants. And several other lectures, read before the Royal Society.
London: Printed by W. Rawlins for the author, 1682.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #003755
Folio (306 x 188 mm). , 24, , 212, , 221-304,  pp., including imprimatur leaf, sectional titles, general index, 83 engraved plates (5 double-page), woodcut headpieces and initials. Bound in early 19th-century full marbled calf, spine with 5 raised bands and gilt ruling, gilt-lettered red morocco label in second compartment (joints and spine ends expertly restored). Light browning throughout, occasional minor spotting and finger-soiling, 8 plates at end with minor waterstaining; hole (paper flaw) at fore-margin of leaf O4 (costing the printed marginal "Tab. 9") and at fore-margin of Ee1 (affecting two letters of marginals). 4 plates misbound, a few plates with marginal plate explanatory text slightly trimmed. Provenance: William Gilstrap (armorial bookplate to front pastedown). ----
FIRST COMPLETE EDITION OF "THE BIRTH OF MICROSCOPIC ANATOMY OF PLANTS" (Horblit). The Anatomy of Plants is the first collected and revised edition of these treatises and lectures, and is recognized as Grew's "chief work which gained him the reputation of being one of the most distinguished scientists of the 17th century" (Hunt). Together with Malpighi, Grew is considered the co-founder of plant anatomy, and both men were among the first to investigate internal plant anatomy with the aid of the microscope and to demonstrate that plants have a characteristic ordered inner structure that could be classified; Grew "showed that the 'cells' first observed by Robert Hooke ... made up the normal structure of the parenchyma, and came very close to recognizing the universal cellular structure of plants" (Norman). "The publication of 'The anatomy of Plants' ... was the highlight of Grew's career as a plant anatomist. An examination of the text and the profuse illustrations in this work reveals the tremendous advance in knowledge which it represents" (DSB V, 535).
References: Horblit 43b; Norman 946; Nissen, BBI 758; Hunt 362; Pritzel 3557; Wellcome III, p.164. - Visit our website to see more images!
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