Animal Physics; Or, The Body And Its Functions Familiarly Explained..


Bound in original green cloth, gilt. Top edges red. A fine clean set. Neat 1948 ownership inscriptions on front pastedowns.



Walton and Maberly, Upper Gower Street, and Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row.,






In two volumes. [spine title: popular physiology animal physics.]

Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 2 volumes. 8vo. 4.75 x 7.5 inches. Vol. I, xxviii + 325 pp. + [1] + 8 pp. publisher's advertisements. Vol. II, [v] + 326 pp. + [3] p. Half title.


Illustrated by four plates, including 2 frontispieces and one folding and by numerous engravings in text.


An extensively illustrated systematic guide to human and animal physiology. Dionysius Lardner (1793-1865) was a prolific, if sometimes controversial writer and lecturer on popular science and technology. Born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College he took holy orders and moved to London in 1827 on his appointment as the first Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy; he resigned after a religious controversy in 1831. His subsequent London career abruptly ended after he eloped to Paris with the wife of an army officer. The irate husband followed them there and subjected Lardner to a flogging, but was unable to persuade her to return. After being successfully sued for 'criminal conversation,' Lardner spent the rest of his life abroad with her.

[Stock No. 21906]

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