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L'homme de René Descartes, et la formation du foetus, avec les Remarques de Louis de la Forge. A quoy l'on a ajouté le Monde ou Traité de la Lumière du mesme Autheur
Paris: Chez Theodore Girard, 1677 Illustrated with intext woodcuts. Second edition. Bound in full contemporary dark brown calf, with five raised bands to the spine, lettered and decorated in gilt, board edges decorated in gilt, all edges speckled red. A good copy, with some loss to the calf on the rear board, resewn endbands, some paper reinforcement to the inner hinges, minor splitting to the front outer hinge, rubbing to the spine, light scratching to the boards, minor gouge to the rear free endpaper, ink stain to the rear pastedown, a few faint creases and spots to the otherwise clean pages. The second French edition of Descartes' seminal treaties on physiology and natural philosophy. Originally written as physiological appendix to his Discourse on Method, both the Treatise on Man and Treatise on Light were originally intended to be paired with a third segment - the Treatise on Soul - under the collected title The World. Notably, Descartes did not publish these treatises during his lifetime, lest he suffer the fate of Galileo and be persecuted for his research; the first editions were published over a decade after his death. Treatise on Man was first published in Latin as De homine in 1662 and then in French as Traité de l'homme in 1664. Treatise on Light was published in part in Latin in the textbook Principia philosophiae in 1644 and in entirety in French as Le monde de Mr. Descartes ou la Traité de la Lumière in 1664. This is the second French edition for both treatises. Both the Treatise on Light and the Treatise on Man are notable for their descriptions of natural processes as scientific, if not mechanical, functions. Treatise on Man, which focuses on the human body, is the summation of Descartes' fascination with the internal functions. An influential text in the fields of science, medicine and philosophy, it is renowned for Descartes early observations on blood circulation, muscle reflex, the pineal gland, and human cognition.. Hard Cover. Very Good.
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