MEMORIE LETTE NELL’ ACCADEMI DI SCIENZE, LETTERE ED ARTI DI PADOVA Con figure. Padova, Nella Stemperia del Seminario.
1804. 4to, pp. [ii] title-page, 135,  blank; with four folding copper engraved plates; aside from some minor spotting and soiling, clean and fresh, printed on thick paper; First edition, and most attractively printed, of this collection of memoirs presented before the Paduan Academy, by the noted anatomist Leopoldo Marco Antonio Caldani (1725-1813). Caldani succeeded Morgagni in the chair of anatomy at Padua, where he was already professor of theoretical medicine. Best remembered for the monumental Icones Anatomicae (1801-1814) published in conjunction with his nephew Florian Caldani (1772-1836), Caldani was the author of a number of works on anatomy and pathology, and announced several anatomical discoveries in various academic publications. The present collection includes seven memoirs on a variety of topics: a comparative examination of the structure of human and bovine bones (19 Marzo 1795); on the composition of the teeth (9 Febbraro 1797); some special remarks on the lymphatics and veins of the mesentery (23 Aprile 1789); research on the causes of the force and duration of the constant motion of the heart and the extreme susceptibility of its internal walls (28 Febbraro 1799); a singularly monstrous foetus (2 Marzo 1787, and accompanied by a striking plate); and a dissertation on a child with missing arms (2 June 1796, and also accompanied by an engraving); and finally a memoir on respiration.
Condition: an attractive wide-margined copy in full marbled calf, spine in compartments with raised bands tooled in gilt, with morocco label, with marbled endpapers and all edges marbled, retaining green silk marker though end somewhat frayed and shortened, some minor worming at tail of spine, surfaces, joints and extremities lightly bumped and rubbed.