Publisher Information: Lausanne: Marc-Michel Bousquet, 1756.
Haller, Albrecht von (1708-77). Deux mémoires sur le mouvement du sang et sur les effets de la saignée, fondés sur des expériences faites sur des animaux. , viii, 343pp. Engraved frontispiece. Lausanne: Marc-Mic. Bousquet, 1756. 165 x 100 mm. Calf gilt ca. 1756, worn especially at corners, hinges cracked. Minor toning but very good. Presented by William Osler (1849-1919) to Walter M. Fletcher (1873-1933), with inscription in Fletcher’s hand noting the gift: “W. M. Fletcher from Sir Wm. Osler (Oxford 4 July 1918).”
First Edition in French, translated by Samuel Tissot (1728-97) from two papers on the circulation and on bloodletting published in the Commentaries of the Royal Society of Göttingen in 1754 and 1756. Haller’s physiological investigations of the heart and the circulation rank among his most important work. The researches described here, largely conducted on frogs, focused on the movement of the blood in both arteries and veins—as observed both by the naked eye and through the microscope—the movements of the heart, the effects of bloodletting and other related topics.
This copy was presented by William Osler to British physiologist Walter M. Fletcher, with whom Osler worked on a number of administrative projects during his Oxford years. Fletcher was a fellow bibliophile; Cushing notes that in 1916 Fletcher gave Osler a “first edition quarto of Ferriar’s ‘Bibliomania’,” a gift that delighted its recipient. Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler, pp. 1197-98. Lundsgaard-Hansen-von Fischer, Verzeichnis der gedruckten Schriften Albrecht von Hallers, no. 261.Book Id: 46284