Oct 24, 2019 - Sale 2521

Sale 2521 - Lot 251

Price Realized: $ 4,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
WILLIS, THOMAS. De anima brutorum. 8 engraved plates. [58], 16, 33-565 [i. e., 563], [11] (of [16]) pages, including initial imprimatur leaf, longitudinal title, and errata leaf; lacks the 5-page bookseller's catalogue at the end. 4to, 202x153 mm, contemporary calf, rebacked, cover corners restored, endpapers renewed; contents crisp and clean. Oxford: at the Theater for Richard Davis, 1672

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first edition, issue with Oxford imprint, of Willis's exposition of his anti-Cartesian theory of the soul. "Unlike Descartes, Willis believed that man has two souls, an immortal and uniquely human rational soul, and a mortal animal soul shared by all members of the animal kingdom. In his discussion of the sensitive soul Willis recapitulated the neurological concepts he had introduced in Cerebri anatome, particularly localization, and extended them to invertebrates"--Norman 2244. Garrison-Morton 1544; Hunter & Macalpine, pages 187-92.