|SANTORINI, Giovanni Domenico. Observationes anatomicae.
Venice: Giovanni Battista Recurti, 1724. Quarto, contemporary
three-quarter calf over marbled boards rebacked. $6800.
First edition, with three engraved
folding plates, of Santorini's most important contribution to medical
science, containing the "major discoveries for which Santorini is known
eponymically" (Garrison-Morton). "This work records a number of new anatomical
discoveries and corrects many errors of earlier anatomists. Santorini's skill
and expertise were so outstanding that his name lives on in such anatomical
structures as the accessory pancreatic ducts, risorius muscle, arytenoid
cartilages, and duodenal papillae, several of which are described in this book.
The text is accompanied by three folding copperplates which beautifully
illustrate the musculature of the face, the pelvic musculature and genitalia of
a sixteen-year-old girl with a tubal pregnacy, the external muscles of the ear,
and detailed anatomy of the male genitalia and larynx" (Heirs of
Hippocrates). Garrison-Morton 392; Norman 1887;
Waller 8474. Some scuffing to contemporary marbled boards,
very minor dampstaining to margins at rear
(not affecting text); otherwise fine.
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