(London: Printed for John Clarke, 1759). 153 x 88 mm. (6 x 3 1/2"). 5 p.l., 361,  (ads) pp. 13th Edition.
Contemporary sprinkled sheep, rebacked with modern calf, raised bands, gilt titling (corners restored with calf). Title page with stamp of W. H. Chamberlin and ink signature of Jn. Chamberlin. Front cover with a couple of small stains and patches of lost patina from insect activity, leaves trimmed a bit close at fore edge, sometimes shaving shoulder notes, D7 with four-inch arching paper flaw (slight displacement of letters, but no loss), isolated printing smudges, other insignificant imperfections, but an excellent copy, quite clean and fresh internally, in a sound binding.
First published in 1698 and based on Amé Bourdon's 1679 "Nouvelle Description Anatomique," this popular anatomical textbook is notable for its theory of secretions. According to DNB, the text says that "in different parts of the body the differing speed of the blood's flow would cause its constituent particles to cohere into larger particles of differing sizes, which would then pass through appropriately-sized orifices into the correct gland." Author James Keill (1673-1719) studied medicine at the University of Leyden, and was awarded a medical degree from King's College, Aberdeen. He had a very successful practice, with prominent noble clients, and authored essays applying mathematical principles to questions of physiology. This work, in one early edition or another, shows up regularly in the marketplace, but the present copy is unusually well preserved. (CDT1706)
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PJP Catalog: RBMS18.020