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[SWEDENBORG, Emanuel (1688-1772)]

Oeconomia regni animalis in transactiones divisa:
[Vol. I], Quarum hæc prima de sanguine, ejus arteriis, venis et corde agit: anatomice, physice & philosophice perlustrata. Cui accedit introductio ad psychologiam rationalem.
Londini et Amstelodami, apud Francois Changuion, 1740.
[Vol. II], Quarum hæc secunda de cerebri motu et cortice et de anima humana agit: anatomice, physice & philosophice perlustrata.
Amstelodami, apud Franciscum Changuion, 1741.

First edition of Swedenborg´s important neurological work. Both volumes are rare, the second especially so, wanting in most collections. ‘Swedenborg´s career is one of the most remarkable in the history of science. In his youth and early manhood he was an enthusiastic scientist and technologist, and published a number of articles in various fields. Almost imperceptibly he turned to religious speculation, which, after a decisive divine revelation, led him to become a visionary and the founder of a religious sect, for which he is best known. . . . In speculating on paradise and the nature of angels, he became increasingly involved - faithful to the Cartesian way of stating the inquiry - in the body-soul problem; and the soul and the mysteries of organic life soon became his main field of research. Swedenborg now sought to explain everything in terms of psyche, considering even the body as a manifestation of divine origin: “Everything lives the life of its soul and the soul lives the life of God´s spirit.” With the help of Malpighi, Swammerdam, and Vieussens he sought to discover the location of the human soul in the brain and its role as intermediary between mortal and divine. In his Oeconomia, and in certain manauscripts, he presented for the first time his theory that the activities of the soul, located in specific centers in the cortex of the brain, were built up from the finest “fibers”. In this categorical form it was an original and remarkable hypothesis that remained unnoticed by later physiological researchers (Sten Lindroth in DSB).

Collation: Pp. (4), 388, (8) index, one engraved plate (folding); pp. (4), 194, one engraved plate. Titles of both volumes with woodcut vignettes.

Binding: Contemporary vellum with hand written titles on spines. Red edges.

Provenance: Christopher Carlander (1859-1848), with his signature and mark :/: on title page.

References: Lindroth, DSB XIII, pp. 178-81; Garrison & MacHenry, History of Neurology, pp.107-08; Blake p. 440 (vol. I only); Waller 9389 (vol. I only); Watson Cat. 8/1997, GBP 7000. Waller 9389 (vol. I only).

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