1758. Item #85227
HALLER, Albrecht von. DEUX MEMOIRES SUR LA FORMATION DES OS, FONDES SUR DES EXPERIENCES. Lausanne: Chez Bouquet, 1758. First edition. (A Latin version was included in von Haller's Opera Minora, printed at Lausanne, 1763-68.) 12mo. [vi]267 pp., + a folding table of bone development of baby chicks in the egg. Green cloth back, with gilt-stamped title to spine, and marbled paper boards. Ex library, with all the usual markings (label on spine, bookplate at front pastedown, ink stamp on verso of t.p., etc.). Binding is slightly rubbed along edges, but sound. Text leaves are mostly clean but for some foxing to opening leaves and intermittent, faint and shallow, dampstaining in top-edge margin. Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777), the illustrious Swiss polymath and poet, began and finished his life in Berne. He studied in Tubingen, and then in Leyden under Boerhaave and Albinus. After practicing medicine in Berne, he occupied the chair of Anatomy, Botany, and Surgery at the University of Gottingen from 1736 to 1753. There he wrote prodigiously, established an anatomical theater and a botanic garden, and published "the first great treatise on physiology" (Osleriana). For his last twenty-five years he returned to Berne, where he produced his monumental Bibliotheca Medica and three philosophical romances. In this work Haller first affirmed that bones form from cartilaginous anlage and not from the periosteum. (Heirs to Hippocrates 887; Wellcome III, p. 199). A scarce primary source.