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.
[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.
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...
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...
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.
[BALFOUR, Robert, editor and translator]. CLEOMEDES.
Meteora Graece et Latine. A Roberto Balforeo ex ms. codice bibliothecae illustrißimi...
Bordeaux, Simon Millanges, 1605.
First edition edited by Robert Balfour of this handbook to Greek astronomy. “Since he nowhere mentions Ptolemy (fl. A.D. 127-141), Cleomedes must have lived not earlier than the first century B.C. and not later than the early second century A.D. … [He] is the only Greek writer whose extant work gives...
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.
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,...
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,...
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...
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.
BOTTO, Giuseppe Domenico.
Observations microscopiques sur les mouvements des globules végétaux suspendus dans un menstrue.
[Turin], Imprimerie Royale, .
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
CARROLL, Lewis [i.e. Charles Lutwidge DODGSON].
Symbolic Logic. Part I. Elementary [all published].
London & New York, Macmillan & Co., 1896.
First edition. ‘The first part of Symbolic Logic… is a serious attempt to popularize Formal logic and accuracy of thought, largely by the use of diagrams… The novelty of method and fame of the author secured a considerable vogue for this book. Dodgson attached special value to this book, if, as...
CHOYSELAT, Prudent le.
Discours oeconomique, non moins utile que récréatif, monstrant comme de cinq cens livres pour une foys...
Rouen, Martin le Menestrier 1612 [but ca. 1745].
Early edition of an interesting ‘way to wealth’, in fact a guide to the management of poultry, first published 1569. An English translation was published in 1580 under the title A Discourse of housebandrie, described by Mary Aslin (Rothansted) as ‘the first book on poultry’. Brunet, Quérard...
C[OLOMBO]. A[POTHECARIES]. CO. LTD.
Caryota Urens (Kitul), Botanical Study,
Charles Scowen arrived in Ceylon around 1873 and was initially an assistant to R. Edley, the Commission Agent in Kandy before opening a photographic studio around 1876. By 1885 his photography firm had studios in Colombo and Kandy. Scowen was a later arrival to Ceylon than Skeen and his work is less...
COOK, Captain James – Johann Reinhold and (Johann) Georg Adam FORSTER.
Characteres generum plantarum, quas in itinere ad insulas...
London: B. White, T. Cadell, & P. Elmsly, 1776.
First edition. Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798) and his son Georg Forster (1754-1794) travelled on Cook’s second voyage of 1772-1775 as naturalists, and their Characteres generum plantarum was the first botanical work about the voyage to be published and one of the earliest sources for European...
CORDOBA, Alfonsus de.
Tabule Astronomice Elisabeth Regine.
Venice, Lichtenstein, 1503.
First edition, rare, of Alfonso de Córdoba’s set of astronomical tables, a source for Copernicus, who cites Alfonso de Córdoba (as simply ‘Hispalensis’, unidentified until the twentieth century) in the Commentariolus, the earliest articulation of his planetary theory, along...