St. Petersburg: K.L. Rikker, 1903. Item #3
, II, 604, VII pp. 8vo. Original wrappers. Good condition. The spine is carefully restored. Owner’s pre-revolutionary stamp on the title.
The first Russian edition.
Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845-1916), the celebrated Russian biologist, was the second Russian Nobel Laureate. He was awarded the prize for his work on immunity. Mechnikov discovered and described phagocytosis—the phenomenon that is pivotal for the modern understanding of immunity.
Mechnikov only wrote three major books in his lifetime—two of them, The Nature of Man, and The Prolongation of Life: Optimistic Studies are works of social philosophy. This is the main book on biology by him. He combined all of his studies and discoveries in the field in this one book, originally published in French.
This edition is rare, especially in original wrappers.