The generation of living creatures

William Harvey (1578–1657)
Anatomical exercitations, concerning the generation of living creatures
London: James Young, 1653

In the mid-seventeenth century the physician William Harvey, graduate of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, conducted the series of experiments that ultimately led to his discovery of the circulation of blood. Dissection of both humans and animals played a central role and Harvey listed in his preface the wide range of animals he dissected. This copy belonged to the surgeon and bibliophile Sir Geoffrey Keynes, whose outstanding collection was acquired by the Library in 1982.

Keynes.D.1.41, title page and frontispiece

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