A Paris : Chez Frederic Leonard, imprim. ordin. du roy, ruë S. Iaques, à l'Escu de Venise, M.D.LXIX .
Book — 120 pages, 5 folded leaves of plates : illustrations (engravings) ; 26 cm (4to)
Claude Perrault (1613-1688) was the leader of a team of comparative anatomists that included Guichard, Joseph Duverney, Jean Pecquet, Moyse Charas and Philippe de la Hire. They were often called the "Parisians" in contemporary literature because of their founding membership in the Académie Royale des Sciences. Their investigations began with a thresher shark and lion from the royal menagerie and went on to encompass forty-nine vertebrate species. "Although some of the discoveries on which the Parisians most prided themselves-- including the nictitating membrane that Perrault first observed in a cassowary, the external lobation of the kidneys in the bear, and the castoreal glands of the beaver-- had been observed earlier, no such detailed and exact descriptions and illustrations had been published before" (D.S.B.). In the spirit of rationalism, Perrault and his team investigated and debunked many popular myths attached to certain species, such as the legend that salamanders live in fire or that chameleons subsist on air. They also recorded their methods of work along with their results, providing the only contemporary disclosure of how such anatomical research was conducted in the seventeenth century. The Parisians first published their work in a pamphlet dated 1667 concerning dissections of a lion and thresher shark. Their second publication, present in the Lane Library, contains anatomical descriptions of a chameleon, a camel, a bear, and a gazelle The work is illustrated with five plates by Sébastien LeClerc (1637-1714). These works are considered the earliest publications associated with the Académie Royale des Sciences.--J. Norman, 2006.
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