Seats and Causes of Diseases investigated by Anatomy; in five books,
containing a great variety of dissections, with remarks. London: A.
Millar, T. Cadell, Johnson and Payne, 1769. Quarto, contemporary full
calf rebacked. Three volumes. $5000.
First edition in
the founding work of modern pathological anatomy, and the only complete
translation into English.
and Causes of Diseases anatomically investigated, contained reports
on an extensive series of post mortems performed by himself, his
teacher, Valsalva, and other members of his circle. By comparing the
clinical symptoms with the post mortem findings Morgagni laid the
foundation of pathological anatomy” (Printing and the Mind of Man,
206). “Despite the modesty of
its title- ‘Notes on Anatomy’-Morgagni's book actually records a
whole succession of discoveries regarding minute organic mechanisms,
including the glands of the trachea, of the male urethra, and of the
female genitals. These represent new contributions to the mechanical
interpretation of the structure of the organism" (DSB). First
published in Latin in 1761. Some foxing to first few leaves of volumes I
and II; volume III with light browning to margins. Overall, a very clean
set in contemporary calf boards. Rare.