De Motv Locali Animalium 1627.
Bound in original green cloth, gilt, in dust wrapper in blue and red, with spine and edges browned, some erosion of lower right edge of front and clipped at top front edge; traces of foxing on fore edge but otherwise a very good copy.
LIMITED EDITION OF EARLY HARVEY MANUSCRIPT
Published for The Royal College of Physicians At The University Press,
Edited, translated and introduced by gwenneth whitteridge m.a., d.phil., f.s.a. archivist of st bartholomew's hospital london.
edition limited to 1000 copies.
8vo. 7.75 x 10 inches. xii + 163 +  pp. Joint text in Latin and English.
Illustrated by facsimile from British Library Sloane MS 486, serving as frontispiece. Decorated by College device on title page.
'While the De Motu Cordis was passing through the press, Harvey was writing down a series of notes for a treatise on the local movement of animals with special attention to the movement of muscle. This treatise was promised in the text of De Motu Cordis. It was probably never put into a final literary form, but these notes which came to light in the British Museum in the middle of the last century and have never before been prescribed make clear the tenor of the projected work...Mrs Whitteridge, who is Archivist of the Hospital where from 1609 to 1629 Harvey was Physician, has transcribed and edited the text. It is faced by an English translation, has full apparatus and notes, and an Introduction.' (blurb).
William Harvey (1578-1657) was born in Folkestone and educated at the King's School, Canterbury, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the University of Padua, where he was awarded his MD in 1602. He became a licentiate of the College of Physicians in London in 1604 and Charles I appointed him his physician-in-ordinary in 1639.
Gweneth Whitteridge (1910-93), archivist at St Bartholomew's from 1935 and medical historian, was a distinguished Harvey scholar. This work was the first of a series of his unpublished or unavailable writings that she edited and translated. She published a biography, William Harvey and the Circulation of the Blood in 1971 and a Bibliography in 1989.
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