A Geneve: Chez J.J. Paschoud, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1807. First Edition. Leather. Very Good. Item #26878
Complete in three volumes: xvi + 471 + (2) + 402 + (4) + (1) errata + (2) + 347 pages; all three volumes with their half-titles present. French text. Jean Senebier (1742-1809) Swiss botanist and naturalist who demonstrated that green plants consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen under the influence of light….In 1800 he completed a major work, Physiologie vegetale, in which he demonstrated that light is the agent responsible for the fixation of carbon dioxide and that oxygen is liberated only in the presence of carbon dioxide. This work was fundamental to subsequent research in photosynthesis. (Britannica) Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729- 1799) Italian physiologist who made important contributions to the experimental study of bodily functions and animal reproduction. His investigations into the development of microscopic life in nutrient culture solutions paved the way for the research of Louis Pasteur. (Elizabeth Belmont Gasking, in the Britannica) Title pages with the small previous owner name-stamp of collector George R. Brush M.D. U.S. Navy; a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894; all faintly impressed & unobtrusive. Volumes approx. 5 1/2" x 8" size; bound in blue-green marbled paper boards, dark blue leather spines with gilt scroll-stamp panels decorations and titles, marbled endpapers. Board papers rubbed and worn, spine leather with some edge, tips wear; contents fresh and clean throughout; in very good condition.