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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. PLUCHE, Noël-Antoine.

    The History of the Heavens, considered according to the Notions of the Poets and Philosophers, compared...

    London: Printed [by Samuel Richardson] for J. Osborn … and sold by C. Rivington, C. Davis, T. Longman, T. Astley, S. Austin [and eight others...

    First edition in English of Histoire du ciel consideré selon les idées des poëts, des philosophes, et de Moïse (Paris, 1739).

    £1000

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. DOPPLER, Christian.

    Über eine bei jeder Rotation des Fortpflanzungsmittels eintretende eigenthümliche Ablenkung der Licht- und...

    Prag, Borrosch und André, 1844.

    extremely rare first edition of doppler’s treatise on ‘a characteristic deviation of the beams of light and sound which occurs upon any rotation of the transporting medium.’

    £1450

  8. STRUVE, Otto Wilhelm.

    Übersicht der Tätigkeit der Nicolai-Hauptsternwarte während der ersten 25 Jahre ihres Bestehens.

    St. Petersburg, Buchdruckerei der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1865

    First edition of Otto Struve’s description of the Nicolai Observatory at Pulkovo near St. Petersburg and its scientific work. His father, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve (1793-1864), astronomer and founder director of the Pulkovo Observatory died while the volume was printed. His fine photographic portrait...

    £750

  9. [KEPLER.] REITLINGER, Edmund, and Carl Woldemar von NEUMANN.

    Johannes Kepler. Vier Bücher in drei Theilen. [Edited by C. Gruner]....

    Stuttgart, Carl Grüninger, 1868.

    first edition of the first part of a projected grand Kepler biography: ‘further parts of this finely produced and much cited biography were not published. The reason appears to be Gruner’s pretentious attitude, which led Reitlinger to withdraw from the editorship. As the overall design and concept,...

    £700

  10. FROST, Percival.

    Newton’s Principia, First Book, Sections I., II., III., with notes and illustrations.

    London, Macmillan, 1880

    Second imprint of the third edition. This book, first published in Cambridge in 1854, was intended and used as a text for university students. The author was formerly fellow of St. John’s College.

    £75