Titre : De Formato Foetu liber singularis. Epistolae...
Éditeur : Padua: J.B. de Martini & L. Pasqua, .
Date d'édition : 1626
Folio, pp. (viii), 104, including 9 fine full-page copper-engraved plates. Woodcut ornaments. Dampstain in upper inner corner (barely noticeable on the first and last 15 leaves), otherwise a fine and large copy. Modern calf antique. FIRST EDITION. This rare treatise was published by Spiegel?s son-in-law, Liberalis Crema, with plates by Guilio CASSERIO. He had bought a number of plates from Casserio?s grandson, and selected nine for this book. ?The plates belong to the treatise De formato foetu and deal with the pregnant uterus, placenta, and the child. They are among Casserio?s most beautiful engravings. Four of them represent entire female figures with the abdomen cut open. At their feet we see decorative landscapes. The work was published at Crema?s expense and is rare? (Choulant, p. 226). In it ?Spiegel made the first observation of the occurrence of milk in female breasts at birth, gave the first denial of the presence of a nerve in the umbilical cord, and abolished the notion that the meconium in the foetal intestines argued for eating in utero on the part of the embryo? (Needham, History of embryology, pp. 99?100). The large treatise on arthritis occupies pp. 66?101. N° de réf. du libraire 924
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