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Book Description
German Title: Heckers Betrachtung des Menschlichen Corpers nach der Anatomie und Physiologie, nebst einem Anhang allerhand zur Erhaltung der Gesundheit dienender Regeln und Anmerckungen, samt Ubersetzung einer vormals in lateinischer Sprache von dem Hochberühmten Herrn Fried. Hoffmann D.M.Pr. königl. Preussisichen Hofrath und der Universität Seniore cet. hieselbst gehaltenen Rede. Mit nöthigen Kupferstichen erläutert. English Translation: [Hecker's Contemplation of the Human Body for Anatomy and Physiology, together with an appendix of all sorts of rules and references for the preservation of health, including the translation from an earlier Latin language treatise by the famous Herr Friedrich Hoffmann M.D., royal physician to the Prussian king, University Councilor and Senior Lecturer. Illustrated with the necessary engravings.] First Edition. 8vo. (xxiv), 624 pages, plus 12 full-page illustrations, 39-page index, and 1-page notice from the bookbinder. With author's forward dated 20 July 1734. Text is in German; illustrations and chapter heading embellishments are woodcut engravings. A scant few ink underlines from a contemporary reader. Bound together with the author's introduction to botany, titled "Einleitung in die Botanic" 548 pages and published the same year. Full calf binding from the period, border tooling to front and verso, titled and elegantly tooled to spine, four raised bands. Volume measures approximately 10,5 x 17,5 x 7 cm. Minor age-toning to boards, spine creased, otherwise in very good and original condition, internally bright, the complete work, exceedingly scarce. Only 5 copies in WorldCat, all of them in Germany.
Dealer Notes
The author, Johann Julius Hecker (1707-1768) was a German theologian and educator, significant as the founder of secondary schools in which students were prepared for practical life rather than provided a purely classical education. At the time of publishing this work, he was a professor in the Francke Pädagogium, teaching a multitude of subjects including the sciences - anatomy, physiology, botany, chemistry and arithmetic - as well as religion, history, classical literature, and languages such as Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.

Hecker's work is a substantial and profusely detailed treatise with 10 excellent anatomical engravings which illustrate the human nervous system and spine, skeletal composition, the cranium, the brain, muscles, organs such as the heart and lungs, the pancreas, intestinal tract, human eyes, ears, and more.

His study and teachings of physiology is early for the subject, preceding by a century the important work of Johannes Müller who in the 1830s published his famous textbook, Handbuch der Physiologie des Menschen (Manual of Human Physiology).
Author Hecker, Johann Julius
Date 1734
Condition Minor age-toning to boards, spine creased, otherwise in very good and original condition, internally bright, the complete work, exceedingly scarce. Only 5 copies in WorldCat, all of them in Germany.

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