Publisher Information: London: A. Millar, 1760.
Martine, George (1700-1741). De similibus animalibus et animalium calore libri duo. vi, , 275, pp. Text illustrations. London: A. Millar, 1740. 204 x 130 mm. 18th-century calf, gilt spine, hinges split, head and foot of spine chipped, light wear. Very good. From the library of Antoine Lavoisier (1743-94), with his bookplate (one edge chipped) inside the front cover and shelf-marks possibly his on the title and back flyleaf. Later stamp of U.S. Navy surgeon George R. Brush (d. 1894) on the title.
First Edition of this work on comparative physiology by Scottish physician George Martine. This copy is from the library of French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, whose Traité élémentaire de chimie (1789) marks the foundation of modern chemistry. Animal heat, or metabolism, was a topic of great interest to Lavoisier, as it was central to his researches on combustion and respiration; Duveen and Klickstein’s Bibliography of the Works of Antoine Laurent Lavoisier cites no fewer than 16 works on the subject of animal heat. Lavoisier’s copy of Martine’s treatise is cited on p. 323 of Marco Beretta’s Bibliotheca Lavoisierana: The Catalogue of the Library of Antoine Lavoisier (1995).
“In his early years Martine had published several articles, in the form of letters or essays, dealing with the blood and organs of the human body, and by this time had developed an interest in the temperature of the circulating blood and animal heat generally. The difficulties of measuring temperature led him to investigate the unsatisfactory business of thermometer manufacture and the impossibility of comparing observations that had been made with a variety of instruments graduated to individual scales” (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).Book Id: 45755