Traité des membranes en général et de diverses membranes en particular. Paris: Chez Richard, Caille et Ravier, An VIII (1800).
8vo. [viii], 326 pp., includi An uncut copy in the original wrappers. $1,200.00
First edition of what many consider Bichat's best work, the foundation of histology and tissue pathology. It is here that he classifies and describes twenty-one kinds of tissue and membranes, a generalization of Pinel's earlier work, according to their texture and properties. Bichat (1771-1802) is one of the fathers of histology. "Without benefit of the microscope, this French anatomist and physiologist established a system of normal and pathological structure based on the individual tissues rather than on organs as the important biological units" (Eimas).