LISTER, Joseph.

On the Minute Structure of Involuntary Muscle Fibre. From the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. XXI, Part IV.

Edinburgh: Printed for the Society by Neill and Company, .1857

4to, title-page + pp. 549–557, one double-page folding lithographed plate. Title a little dust-soiled. A good copy in modern cloth-backed boards. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed at the head of the title “Professor Quecket [sic] with the author’s kind regards” (very slightly shaved).

OFFPRINT, with specially printed title, of Lister’s “confirmation of Kölliker’s description of involuntary muscle cells, based on Lister’s own observations of such cells in the arterioles of the frog’s web. Lister also showed that these cells occur in mammals as well as amphibians” (Norman). See Norman Catalogue 1364 (without a title-page). The recipient of this copy, Professor John Thomas Queckett, was a renowned microscopist and histologist, who (from 1843) was assistant conservator of the Hunterian Museum, then (in 1852) professor of histology, and finally (in 1856) conservator. He formed a most extensive and valuable collection of microscopic preparations, injected by himself, illustrating the tissues of plants and animals in health and in disease, and showing the results and uses of microscopic investigation.


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