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. [MANTUANUS, Baptista].

    [MANTUANUS, Baptista]. De patientia aurei libri tres. [bound with:]
    CAPREOLUS, Helias. De confirmatione...

    Brescia, Bernardinus de Misintis, 30 May 1497.

    First edition of Mantuanus’s work containing -on recto of m3- a lengthy reference to America, one of the very few 15th century instances: a ‘mention of discoveries of islands in the Atlantic, noting their size and the fact that they are inhabited. Because none of the ancient geographers knew of them,...

    £10000

  2. HIPPOCRATES.

    Opera Omnia [in Greek].

    Venice, Aldine Press, May 1526.

    a superb copy of the first edition in the original greek of the hippocratic corpus.

    £65000

  3. ESTIENNE, Charles.

    De dissectione partium corporis humani libri tres ... Una cum figuris et incisionum declarationibus, a Stephano...

    Paris, Simon de Colines, 1545.

    an unusually clean, crisp, and unsophisticated copy of the first edition of one of the most magnificent illustrated anatomical works of the 16th century.

    £32500

  4. 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

  5. PICCOLOMINI, Alessandro.

    Della sfera del mondo ... divisa in libri quattro ... Delle stelle fisse, libro uno con le sue figure,...

    Venice, Nicolo de Bascarini, 1552.

    A collected edition, using the same woodcuts, of two companion works which had earlier appeared independently in 1540. Both are in the vernacular, by which Piccolomini sought to extend scientific knowledge beyond the university confines. The first is his treatise on the sphere of the universe; the second...

    £2500

  6. POMPONAZZI, Pietro.

    Opera.

    [Basel, Henricus Petri, 1567].

    Rare first edition of Pomponazzi’s essay On fate, free will, and predestination (De fato… libri V), published posthumously in this collective edition prepared by his pupil Gulielmus Gratarol. Gratarol’s editions of Pomponazzi’s writings were instrumental in divulging the thought of one of the...

    £7500

  7. SEXTUS EMPIRICUS.

    Adversus mathematicos, Hoc est, adversus eos qui profitentur disciplinas ... Graecè nunquam, Latinè nunc primùm...

    Paris, Martin Le Jeune, 1569.

    First collected edition of Sextus Empiricus (fl. AD 200), the only sceptic philosopher of antiquity whose works have survived. It includes his two major works, the Pyrrhonian Hypotyposes (or Outlines of Pyrrhonism), which had appeared in 1562 and the Adversus mathematicos (or Against the Professors)...

    £3750

  8. PARACELSUS, Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim.

    Archidoxa ... zwoelff Buecher, darin alle gehaimnuess der...

    Munich, Adam Berg, 1570.

    a very rare and apparently unrecorded issue of Johann Albert von Wimpfen’s recension of the Archidoxa (first, Cracow, 1569, edited by Adam Schröter).

    £4500

  9. RICHARDUS ANGLICUS.

    Correctorium alchymiae ... Das is reformierte Alchimy, oder Alchimeibesserung, und Straffung der Alchimistischen...

    Strasbourg, Bernard Jobin, 1581.

    first edition of ‘a very rare collection’ (Duveen). There are five treatises: Richardus Anglicus’ Correctorium and Reformierte Alchimei; Lull’s Apertorium et accuratio vegetabilium, and Vom philosophischen Stein, and Geber’s Secretum. The thirteenth-century Richardus Anglicus or Richard of...

    £6000

  10. PORTA, Giovanni Battista della.

    De occultis literarum notis seu artis animi sensa occulte aliis significandi, aut ab aliis significata...

    Montbéliard, Jaques Foillet for Lazarus Zetzner, 1593.

    Third edition (the second authorised), revised by the author, complete with appendix, index, and three volvelles, as yet unassembled, on one sheet. this edition includes at the end ‘cryptology’s first set of synoptic tables. These showed in graphic form the path the cryptanalyst must follow in his...

    £2500

  11. 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

  12. LANDO, Giovanni Giacomo.

    Aritmetica mercantile … Nella quale si vede, come si hanno da fare li conti, per li cambi, che si fanno...

    Naples, [Alexander Gratianus for] Tarquinio Longo, 1604.

    Very rare first edition of one of the most important and comprehensive seventeenth-century works on commercial arithmetic and exchange rates in Italy and Europe. Three further editions came out within forty years, all printed in Venice, and all now scarce.

    £3250

  13. RHENANUS, Johann.

    Solis e puteo emergentis: sive dissertationis chymiotechnicae libri tres. In quibus totius operationis chymicae...

    Frankfurt, Anton Hummius, 1613-15.

    first edition of Rhenanus’ influential work, dedicated to Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse. The first book comprises a treatise on ‘the truth of chemistry’, and a thorough introduction in 168 theses to chemico-technical theory, with descriptions of chemical operations, and illustrations of chemical apparatus....

    £3000

  14. [ROSICRUCIANISM].

    Fortalitium scientiae, das ist: die unfehlbare, volkommeliche, unerschätzliche Kunst aller Künsten und Magnalien,...

    [Nuremberg], 1617.

    First edition of this tract on Rosicrucianism which purports to have been written by Hugo de Alverda, and imaginary and very old Rosicrucian character.

    £4500

  15. [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

  16. [PARACELSUS.] [NEOTECHNUS, Henricus, editor.]

    Deus, qui transfert & stabilit regna. VI. Prognostica von Vernenderung und zufälligem...

    [n.p., 1620.]

    A very rare edition of this collection of prognostications, edited by the Naumburg physician Henricus Neotechnus. The fourth, and most extensive Prognosticon in the collection, is by Paracelsus, published, with slight alterations, after the one printed by Huser in his Works edition of 1589.

    £850

  17. FLUDD, Robert.

    Philosophia Moysaica. In qua sapientia & scientia creationis & creaturarum Sacra veréque Christiana (ut pote cujus...

    Gouda, Petrus Rammazenius, 1638.

    a very good copy in contemporary vellum of the first edition of fludd’s moysaical philosophy.

    £8500

  18. SAVARY, Jean.

    La theorie et la pratique des nombres. Methodiquement proposes dans l’usage des financiers.

    Paris, [Jean Bessin] for the author, 1644.

    First edition. A rare practical mercantile arithmetic handbook for financiers and tax farmers. The work, beginning with the mathematical ‘alphabet’ of 10 numbers, covers basic arithmetic, as well as more complicated quadratic roots, rules, discounts, change and exchange, all illustrated with numerous...

    £7500

  19. FONTANA, Francesco.

    Novae coelestium terrestriumq[ue] rerum observationes et fortasse hactenus non vulgatae.

    Naples, Gaffaro, 1646.

    very rare first edition, complete with the folding plate that is sometimes missing, of this famous work of observational astronomy by francesco fontana, ‘the most renowned italian telescope maker’ (dsb) of his time, and ‘perhaps the first to use a keplerian telescope for regular planetary observation’...

    £38000

  20. [POSTAL HISTORY].

    [Venetian “AQ” letter sheet.]

    [Venice, 1647].

    A completed example of the first prepaid letter sheet.

    £1400