London: Printed for Jacob Tonson at the Judge's Head near the Inner-Temple-Gate in FleetStreetand at Gray's-Inn-Gate in Gray's-Inn-Lane, 1699. F. Plumier. First edition. Leather-bound. 7 1/2 " x 4 3/4". Cambridge panel rebinding in full calf. Five plates, one folding. 245pp + 3 pp. booksellers catalog at rear. Clean copy. Very Good Plus. Item #82314
"...Late in 1697 William Bentinck, Lord Portland, was sent on a diplomatic mission to Paris, and Lister accompanied him as physician. ...He was there for six months and shortly after his return published A Journey to Paris in the Year 1698 (1699). The book ran to three editions within a year...it is a unique first-hand account of Parisian scientific society, and a useful description of the city and its life...In natural history he was the first to study spiders, making detailed observations on their structure and behaviour. He was the first to suggest that rocks might be characterized by their fossil contents, and to propose the creation of geological maps (ODNB)
Entertaining, readable. But most importantly, gives clear insight into the interests and methods of investigation of scientific methods.