LA MACHINE ANIMALE: LOCOMOTION TERRESTRE ET AÉRIENNE.
Paris: Librairie Germer Baillière, 1873. First edition. 8vo., x, 299, 48 pp., 117 figures in text. An occasional spot of foxing and mild toning. Publisher's deep cranberry/plum colored cloth, decorated and titled in gilt on the upper board with emblem in gilt on the rear board, rebacked in complimentary cordovan morocco with title label in gilt. A later owner's name is neatly stamped on the recto of the front free endpaper. Signed and presented, "Monsieur Le professeur Gavaret, hommage affection, E. Marey." A very good copy. Item #52096
Marey's interest in the biomechanics of locomotion was codified and measured through the use of his ingenious mechanisms, both mechanical and photographic, which are detailed in this volume. The practical implications of these studies had profound affects on aviation, biophysics, and the advent of cinematography. Chapter four deals with the paces of the horse and explains Marey's methods of research. It was one of Marey's published attitudes of the horse which led Gov. Leland Stanford of California to commission Muybridge to do his epoch-making work of the movement of the horse.
Marey has presented this volume to Louis Denis Jules Gavarret (1794 - 1894) a French physician and proponent of statistical analysis, and pioneer in the field of biophysics. It was Professor Gavarret who was the principal examiner for Marey's defense of his thesis for his medical doctorate, "Research on Blood Circulation in the Physiological State and in Diseases."
Roosens and Salu No. 6823.