Descriptio anatomica oculi humani.... Gottingen: Abram Vandenhoeck, 1755.
4to. , 272 pp. With 7 engraved plates (2 folding). Contemporary half-calf over speckled boards, neatly rebacked. The text was probably washed at some period due to the poor quality of paper; a fine copy with 2 small ownership stamps on title. $2,500.00
First edition. Zinn (1727-59), professor of medicine and anatomy at Göttingen, correctly describes "fibrae radiatae" and shows that the number of fiber bundles in the optic nerve is constant and continuous with those of the retina. In addition, he characterizes the zonula and the space between the anterior and posterior fibers, as well as the triangular canal of Petit. According to Becker, "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." G&M, 1484.