- Three (owner's) stamps and two entries in pen and ink on title-p.; plate p. 9 of the heart w. overlaps strengthened on verso; hinges broken. Joints splitting; lacks top of spine. Despite defects a fine copy of this rare treatise.
= Second edition of the Latin version by F. Schuyl of Descartes' unpublished medical-philosophical treatise, based on the French manuscript. Usually regarded as the first European book on physiology. In it Descartes describes the pineal gland as the location of the soil and rational thought. He presents man like a machine so we can examine the body as it is. Krivatsky 3121. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXV.