London: Jacob Tonson, 1698. 8vo. [vi], 245 pp., plus 3 pages of publisher’s advertisements. SECOND EDITION. With 6 engraved plates (4 folding). Contemporary blind-panelled calf, spine with raised bands and gilt ornaments, red morocco spine label; interior excellent with only the legend to the first plate cropped. From the libraries of John Ward (1679-1758), FRS, professor of rhetoric at Gresham College, and R.E. W. Maddison, the biographer of Robert Boyle, with their bookplates. Item #17434
Second edition. Lister went to Paris as the physician to Lord Portland’s embassy to Paris and left this account of the city and its scientific life. The Louvre, Colbert’s library, various cabinets of curiosity, food and wine, gardens, conversations with M. Dacier on the circulation of blood, as well as other places and events are detailed in this interesting travelogue with a scientific/medical bent. The plates include engravings of American species of shells and millipedes seen in Tournefort’s collection.
This second edition is an exact reprint of the first which appeared the previous year with only the errata corrected. A very attractive copy with a distinguished provenance.
Lister (1639-1712) was an eminent English physician noted for his achievements in the field of natural history. Although he published a number of medical works, his main interest was in zoology.