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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. [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

  9. [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

  10. [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

  11. 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

  12. RESCH, Johann Ulrich.

    Osiandrische Experiment von Sole, Luna & Mercurio.

    Nuremberg, heirs of Johann Andreas and Wolffgang Endter the younger, 1659.

    Very rare first edition of Resch’s account of Osiander’s alchemical experiments.

    £1800

  13. 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

  14. MUNDY [MUNDAY], Henry.

    Novum physicae hodiernae lumen quo mira jucundaque de aere vitali esculentis, potulentis ac de parergis...

    Leipzig, Typis Nisianis apud Johannem Justum, 1685.

    Second edition of a rare work on chemistry, health, and food. There were several editions: first published 1680 in Oxford under the title ((((((((((((((; again in the same year as our edition as Opera omnia medico-physica, which mentions tea, coffee, chocolate, and tobacco in the title, and finally,...

    £1000

  15. 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

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

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

    a superb collection of alchemical texts.

    £42500

  17. KUNCKEL VON LÖWENSTERN, Johann.

    Collegium physico-chemicum experimentale, Oder Laboratorium Chymicum, In welchem Deutlich und...

    Hamburg and Leipzig, Samuel Heyl, 1716.

    the rare first edition of a famous chemical handbook, the most important work of the leading german chemist of the second half of the seventeenth century. Partington, devoting pp. 361-77 of vol. II to Kunckel, gives ‘a nearly complete bibliographical account with comment’ (Marie Boas Hall in DSB),...

    £4000

  18. GICHTEL, Johann Georg and Johann Georg GRABER.

    Eine kurtze Eröfnung und Anweisung der dreyen Principien und Welten im Menschen....

    [N. p.], 1723.

    scarce first edition, published posthumously. ‘When the Regensburg-born Gichtel (1638-1710) came to Holland, he was gripped by the spiritual movements of the mystical emigrants, who had been forced to leave Germany as a result of persecution by the Lutheran orthodoxy. In Amsterdam he also became acquainted...

    £1900

  19. 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

  20. 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