Science

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Science at Quaritch is broadly defined, ranging from medicine, anatomy, pharmacology (including herbals) and natural history to astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics.

An interest in the origins of modern chemistry has led to a specialisation in works on alchemy and distillation, and from there we have also branched out into occultism and hermeticism. We have developed an interest in gastronomy and books on nutrition and wine, an area which over the years has become one of our specialities.
  1. ADAMS, William Bridges.

    English pleasure carriages; their origin, history, varieties, materials, construction, defects, improvements,...

    London, Charles Knight, 1837.

    First edition, a work of general utility, aiming to impart ‘the principles on which carriages ought to be constructed’. In nineteen chapters, the work covers the whole spectrum of carriage use and construction, addressing both the component parts (i.e. spring, axles), principles of propulsion (including...

    £175

  2. [ALBIN, Eleazar]

    A natural history of singing birds: and particularly, that species of them most commonly bred in Britain....

    Edinburgh, J. Wood, 1776.

    Rare Scottish second edition (first 1754), which was also issued in England under the alternative title ‘A natural history of English song-birds’. Seeking to reveal ‘the wondrous wisdom of God displayed in the creation of fowl’, the work is charmingly illustrated with clearly-impressed engraved...

    £150

  3. [ALBIN, Eleazar]

    A natural history of singing birds: and particularly, that species of them most commonly bred in Britain....

    Edinburgh, J. Wood, 1776.

    Rare Scottish second edition (first 1754), which was also issued in England under the alternative title ‘A natural history of English song-birds’. Seeking to reveal ‘the wondrous wisdom of God displayed in the creation of fowl’, the work is charmingly illustrated with clearly-impressed engraved...

    £350

  4. [ANDREAE, Johann Valentin.]

    Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio ...

    Strasburg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1619.

    a fine sammelband of four first editions by andreae, including his famous christian utopia.

    £12500

  5. ATABEY, Sefik E. – Leonora NAVARI.

    The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps.

    London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.

    First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable library of some 1,370 pre-1854 books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Each item is carefully described and annotated, and the catalogue is supplemented...

    £600

  6. AUBREY, John.

    Miscellanies, viz. I. Day-Fatality. II. Local-Fatality. III. Ostenta. IV. Omens. V. Dreams. VI. Apparitions. VII....

    London: Printed for Edward Castle … 1696.

    First edition of Aubrey’s entertaining collection of folk history, superstitions, and gossip, the only book he completed. The topics he tackles in this work of ‘hermetick philosophy’ include ‘omens and prophecies, dreams and apparitions, day fatality and second sight, all of which he was concerned...

    £950

  7. BALBIAN, Josse van (also Justus a Balbian).

    Tractatus septem, de lapide philosophico...

    Leiden, Christoffel Raphelengius at the Officina Plantiniana, 1599.

    Very rare first edition of Balbian’s Seven tracts on the philosophers’ stone, an alchemical text edited by the Belgian doctor and alchemist, which was eventually republished in vol. III of Theatrum chemicum.

    £3500

  8. BECHER, Johann Joachim.

    Institutiones chimicae prodromae, id est ... Oedipus chimicus, obscuriorum terminorum & principiorum chimicorum,...

    Amsterdam, Elizeus Weyerstrat, 1664.

    first edition (?) becher’s oedipus chimicus, printed at about the same time as the frankfurt edition, and dedicated to franz le boë (sylvius), an early champion of descartes, van helmont and harvey. a professor at the universtiy of leiden, le boë founded the first academic chemical laboratory there...

    £2700

  9. [BERKENHOUT, John].

    Clavis anglica Linguæ botanicæ; or, a botanical Lexicon; in which the Terms of Botany, particularly those...

    London: Printed for the Author. Sold by T. Becket, and A. de Hondt … and Mess. Hawes, Clarke, and Collins … 1764.

    First edition, dedicated to John Hope of the University of Edinburgh, and written with the assistance of Arthur Lee of Virginia, winner of the Hope Medal in 1763.

    £325

  10. BERNOULLI, Daniel.

    Q.D.B.V. Specimen inaugurale de usu medico tabularum baptismalium, matrimonialium et amortualium quod favente...

    Basel, J.H. Decker, 1771.

    First edition of Daniel Bernoulli’s doctoral thesis, a pioneering text on the medical applications of mathematical and statistical data. Bernoulli (Daniel junior) shows the potential use of demographic data from baptism, marriage and death records in physiology, pathology, semiology, hygiene, dietetics,...

    £1650

  11. BERRYAT, Jean, et al., editors.

    Receuil de Mémoires, ou Collection de Pièces Académiques, concernant la Médicine, l’Anatomie...

    Dijon, Auxerre, Paris and Liège, F. Desventes, F. Fournier, et al., 1754-86.

    The scarce first collected edition of these scientific papers from all over Europe (lacking only the last five volumes of the Partie Française), including among its contributors such famous names as Huygens, Leeuwenhoek, Hevelius, De La Hire, Mariotte, Réaumur, La Condamine, Haller, Maupertuis, Boyle,...

    £6000

  12. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum beneventanum abbatem selestensem defensionum liber.

    Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.

    First edition of a very rare work of sixteenth-century Lyonnese Neoplatonism, an elegantly-printed de Tournes edition. Ostensibly a simple series of remarks against the theses of the (presumably sternly Scholastic) abbot of Selestan, this is a tract of Renaissance moral philosophy. The theme of...

    £1500

  13. BÖHME, Jakob.

    The Way to Christ Discovered.

    Manchester, Joseph Harrop, 1752.

    The scarce and handsomely printed first Manchester edition of H. Blunden’s English translation (first, 1648), edited by John Byrom, poet and inventor of a shorthand system, who had been introduced to Böhme’s writings by William Law.

    £650

  14. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft in einer beurtheilenden Uebersicht.

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary of the greatest works of Bolzano, The Theory of Science and The Science of Religion, first published in four-volume sets in 1837 and 1834, copiously illustrated with citations from the original texts.

    £600

  15. BOTTO, Giuseppe Domenico.

    Observations microscopiques sur les mouvements des globules végétaux suspendus dans un menstrue.

    [Turin], Imprimerie Royale, [1840].

    An extremely rare offprint from the Memorie della Reale Accademia delle Scienze di Torino on Brownian Movement and a contribution to the ‘heated controversy with the best known botanists of the world [started by the] discovery that made [Amici] famous ... that of the fertilization of phanerogams, particularly...

    £675

  16. BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE.

    Report of the First [-Eighth] Meetings.

    London, John Murray, 1833-39.

    ‘The principal effort in the initial organisation of the British Association came from Edinburgh and the provincial scientific societies. Babbage himself was prevented from attending the first meeting in York by pressing work ... However his central position was acknowledges when he was appointed one...

    £1200

  17. BRUECKMANN, Franz Ernst.

    De Cervo Volante et eius Hybernaculo.

    Wolfenbüttel, [for the author], 1739

    First and only edition of the earliest monograph on the stag beetle. The fine plate shows the insect in all its glory, also his winter quarters in the trunk of an oak tree.

    £475

  18. BUQUOY, Georg Franz August de Longueval, Freiherr von Vaux, Graf von.

    Die Theorie der Nationalwirthschaft nach einem neuen Plane...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1815.

    First edition of all four parts of this very rare early work of mathematical economics. In a letter to Léon Walras of 28 June 1883, Carl Menger, after thanking Walras for sending him a copy of Théorie mathématique de la richesse sociale, encloses a select list of his own making of seven key mathematical-economic...

    £12500

  19. CADE, Tom J. and R. David DIGBY, artist.

    The Falcons of the World.

    London: William Collins and Co. Limited, 1982.

    First British edition. A comprehensive overview of the genus falco written by Tom J. Cade, Professor of Ornithology in the Division of Biological Sciences at Cornell University and Director of Raptor Research at the Laboratory of Ornithology. The first part discusses general scientific aspects...

    £45

  20. CARBONARO, J.

    A. Nouveau traité d’arithmètique.

    Tournay, Blanquart, 1800.

    First edition, very rare, of a book on arithmetic which concentrates on its applications to trade and accountancy. The book deals with tariffs, tables of exchange, measures, calculation of interest, rent, and chapters on the nature of companies and of bankruptcy.

    £1200