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ZINN, JOHANN GOTTFRIED - Descriptio anatomica oculi humani iconibus illustrata

Gottingae, Apud Widow B. Abrahami Vandenhoeck, 1755. 4to. W. woodc. vign. on title and 7 engr. fold. pls. Contemp. full marbl. clf., spine w. title shield, spine w. gilttooled floral ornaments. (Upper outer hinge a few wormh.). (XVI, 272 pp.). (Bookplate on upper paste down "Livres de M.L.P. Duret, medecin a Annonay"). G&M, 1484: 'Zinn published a fine atlas of the human eye; he was the first adequately to decribe the "zonula of Zinn" and the "annulus of Zinn": Becker Coll. 426: 'Hirschberg and Duke Elder concur that this landmark work on the anatomy of the eye was THE FIRST COMPLETE WORK IN THE WORLD'S LITERATURE ON THIS SUBJECT. Zinn correctly described and depicted "fibra radiatae" and showed that a number of fiber bundles in the optic nerve is constant and continuous with those of the retina. Zinn, one of Haller's favourite pupils, distinguished himself in both anatomy and botany, becoming professor of medicine and director of the botanical gardens at Göttingen. The illustrations in this work, engraved by Joel Paul Kaltenhofer, mark a new plateau in the graphic representation of the eye, for it becomes, in the modern sense, recognizable both "in situ" in the orbit and enucleated.': Albert, e.a., Source Book, item 2580: 'Zinn's masterpiece, and the first complete anatomy of the eye. Written long before it was possible to examine the interior of the living eye, the descriptions of the ciliary body, the iris, and the ocular blood vessels and nerves are remarkable for their precision and thoroughness.': Heirs of Hippocrates, 966: Münchow, p. 329, 464: Hirschberg para 463: Brit. Opt. Assoc. II, 117: Waller 10493:
EUR 3500.00 [Appr.: US$ 4068.89 | £UK 2951 | JP¥ 463820] Book number 661

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