DUVERNEY, [Guichard Joseph].
A Paris: Chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, .1761
2 volumes, 4to, pp. xxx, (ii), 608, 82 (index), 19 folding engraved plates; viii, 698, 11 plates. Minor foxing and small marks in both volumes, a few gatherings slightly browned. Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments, small repairs to spines and tips of four corners, a very good copy.
SOLE COLLECTED EDITION, incorporating Duverney’s classic book on the ear, the Traité de l’Organe de l’Ouie, which appears here for the first time with the additions made by Duverney between its first publication in 1683 and his death in 1730. See G&M 1545 and 3351: “The first scientific account of the structure, function and diseases of the ear. Duverney showed that the bony external meatus develops from the tympanic ring and that the mastoid air cells communicate with the tympanic cavity. It was he who first suggested the theory of hearing later developed by, and accredited to, Helmholtz.” The Traité de l’Organe de l’Ouie was the only book published by Duverney in his lifetime. The other works in these volumes are his Cours Complet d’Anatomie (here in its first edition), in three parts, the first of which is on the brain and organs of sense, and his treatises on the bones, on the muscles, on the glands, and on the vessels. At the end of the second volume are his observations on the circulation of the blood in the foetus, and his original and important work in comparative anatomy. The editor was the cardiologist J.B. Sénac. Stevenson & Guthrie, History of oto-laryngology, pp. 38–39. Cole, A history of comparative anatomy (numerous references). Cole Library 1000.