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. 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

  2. MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION OF ALCHEMICAL TREATISES AND RECIPES IN LATIN.

    Northern Italy [?Genova], late 17th – early 18th century

    a superb collection of alchemical texts.

    £42500

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. WATT, James.

    PORTABLE COPYING MACHINE.

    [Birmingham], James Watt & Co., [1795].

    ‘An outstanding piece of copying equipment of the late eighteenth century was invented, manufactured, and sold by none other than the great engineer, James Watt. The process which this copying machine employed was patented in 1780 as ‘A new method of copying letters and other writings expeditiously.’

    £22500

  6. REDOUTÉ, Pierre Joseph.

    Les Roses, peintes par P.J.R. Descrites par Cl. Ant.Thory.

    Paris, C.F.L. Panckoucke, 1824.

    First 8vo edition of Redouté’s gargantuan masterpiece, lavishly illustrated with stipple-engravings by Bessa, Bessin, Chapuy, Charlin, Coutant, Langlois, Lemaire, Talbot, Teillard and Victor after the original aquarelles by Redouté, popularly nicknamed the ‘Raphael of Flowers’.
    Designer...

    £22500

  7. LOMONOSOV, Mikhail Vasilievich.

    [Spine label:] Opera academica.

    St. Petersburg, Typis Academiae Scientiarum, [c. 1751-1761].

    I. Panegyricus Elisabetae Augustae Russiarum Imperatrici Patrio Sermone dictus … Latine redditus eodem auctore. [St. Petersburg, c. 1751]. Pp. 42; title printed in label format and pasted onto initial blank.

    £16500

  8. [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

  9. 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

  10. JANSSEN, Pierre Jules César.

    A Collection of 58 Offprints.

    Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1874-95

    an outstanding collection of offprints of janssen’s important work in physical astronomy and spectroscopy, including the first description of his photographic revolver.

    £11000

  11. [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

  12. NEWTON, Sir Isaac.

    Optice: sive de Reflexionibus, Refractionibus, Inflexionibus & Coloribus Lucis Libri Tres. Latine reddidit Samuel...

    London, Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford, 1706.

    first latin edition, translated from the english edition of 1704 by samuel clarke, with the assistance of abraham de moivre.

    £9000

  13. 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

  14. [VERRI, Pietro.]

    Il Caffè ossia brevi e varii discorsi già distribuiti in fogli periodici.

    Brescia, Giammaria Rizzardi, 1765-1766.

    First edition of this important Italian periodical. ‘Questo interessantissimo giornale letterario publicato sul modello dello Spettatore Inglese è compreso in quattro semestri, ed incominciossi a stampare nel maggio del 1764’ (Melzi). The society was founded by Pietro Verri to stimulate and encourage...

    £8500

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. SAVÉRIEN, Alexandre.

    Histoire des philosophes modernes, avec leurs portraits gravé dans le gout du crayon, d’après les desseins...

    Paris, Brunet, François, la veuve François, 1760-1773.

    A very appealing copy in a contemporary armorial binding of the magnificently illustrated quarto edition of this collection of biographies of ‘modern’ scientists and philosophers by the French writer, philosopher and mathematician Savérien (1720-1805).

    £6000

  20. ESTRIDGE, Henry Watley.

    Six Years in Seychelles; with Photographs from Original Drawings.

    [?London: ?the author], 1885.

    First edition. Following a period in the army, Estridge (1837-1902) was appointed Collector of Customs at Mahé in the Seychelles (probably in 1880), and held the position until 1885, when he returned to England. In 1886 he took up the position of Receiver and Accountant-General, British Bechuanaland...

    £6000