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, 448pp, , full contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, spine in six panels, title in gilt to second panel, remaining panels with central floral spray and volute corner pieces in gilt. Old repairs to spine ends, minor splits to joints at ends. Internally some light browning and occasional spotting, but generally clean. First published in Latin in 1662, Garrison and Morton note that "Descartes considered the human body a material machine, directed by a rational soul located in the pineal body. This book was the first attempt to cover the whole field of 'animal physiology'. The work is really a physiological appendix to his Discourse on Method, 1637, and first appeared in full in 1664, this time in French". This copy with the Jacques Le Gras imprint. Brunet II:611, Garrison and Morton 574