Tractatus de natura substantiae energetica, seu De vita naturae, ejusque tribus primis facultatibus, I. perceptiva, II. appetitiva, & III. motiva, naturalibus, &c. Francisco Glissonio, Francis Glisson.
Tractatus de natura substantiae energetica, seu De vita naturae, ejusque tribus primis facultatibus, I. perceptiva, II. appetitiva, & III. motiva, naturalibus, &c. ...
Tractatus de natura substantiae energetica, seu De vita naturae, ejusque tribus primis facultatibus, I. perceptiva, II. appetitiva, & III. motiva, naturalibus, &c. ...
Tractatus de natura substantiae energetica, seu De vita naturae, ejusque tribus primis facultatibus, I. perceptiva, II. appetitiva, & III. motiva, naturalibus, &c. ...

Tractatus de natura substantiae energetica, seu De vita naturae, ejusque tribus primis facultatibus, I. perceptiva, II. appetitiva, & III. motiva, naturalibus, &c. ...

Londini: Typis E. Flesher, prostat venalis apud H. Brome, & N. Hooke 1672. [52], 1-534, 2 folding plates, [1-errata][1-blank] pages. 4to: A4 a-e4 f3 B-Yyy4. Without f4 (after prelims and before first text page), presumed blank (also lacking in other copies). Title page printed in red and black. 6 x 8 inches. Frontispiece (Glisson portrait) supplied as modern facsimile. Early full vellum binding, inked paper spine label, small paper fragment at base of spine. Bookplate of Essex Institute on front pastedown with released stamp dated 1967. A nice copy. Very Good. Vellum. [27685]


Glisson is perhaps best known for "Glisson's capsule" described in his best known work "Anatomia hepatis" published in 1654. The present "work attempts to prove that there is life in all bodies. In so called inanimate bodies it is specified by their forms, whereas in plants and animals life is modified to become the vegetative soul and the sensitive soul, respectively. In animals the implanted life (vita insita) is duplicated and triplicated by the inflex of the blood (vita infuens) and by the psychic regulations. This philosophical work, even more than Glisson's medical books, has a strictly scholastic form of argumentation; large parts are a running debate with Francisco Suarez, whom Glisson held in the highest esteem. Among other modern authors, Glisson pays particular attention to Bacon, Scaliger, Harvey, and Descartes..." (DSB 5/6, p426)

Osler, "Bibliotheca Osleriana" #2761 (noting engraved portrait and diagrams). Krivatsy, "A catalogue of seventeenth century printed books in the ... National Library of Medicine (U.S.)". #4827 (noting portrait but no plates).

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