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LICETI, Fortunio
De ortu animae humanae libri tres.
Genoa, Giuseppe Pavoni, 1602. 4to (224 x 145 mm), pp [xvi] 429 [33], woodcut device on title-page and the peacock device at end; two small wormholes in outer blank margins not affecting text, small wormtrack in last few leaves touching a few letters of index, a very good, crisp copy in contemporary limp vellum, spine repaired.First edition of Liceti's treatise on human embryology, his first published work out of a total of seventy-seven. This work expounds a traditional Aristotelian doctrine of generation and embryological development. 'Hieronymus Capivaccius, F. Licetius, J. Costaeus and V. Cardelinus, who wrote in 1608, were the last true supporters of the ancient theories, such as that the male embryo was twice as hot and developed twice as quickly as the female' (Needham, History of embryology p 114). This work achieved an instant reputation for its author, who was only twenty-five and already professor of philosophy and medicine at Pisa; he went on to take up similar posts at Padua.Liceti wrote on a variety of topics but had a lifelong interest in embryology. In 1616 he wrote a dissertation on intra-uterine life and changes, De perfecta constitutione hominis in utero, and was the author of the first and most popular treatise on teratology ever published, his De monstrorum, also published in 1616.Krivatsy 6964; OCLC records NLM, Philadelphia College of Physicians, McGill, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and University of Missouri [Attributes: First Edition]
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