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. 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

  2. [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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. [FUOCO, Francesco]. DE WELZ, Giuseppe.

    La Magia del credito svelata. Istituzione fondamentale di pubblica utilità da Giuseppe...

    Naples, Stamperia francese, 1824.

    First edition, presentation copy; the sheets were re-issued under the title Principii fondamentali di economia pubblica e di finanze in 1840 (see Kress Italian 1055).

    £4750

  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. LEIBNIZ, Gottfried Wilhelm.

    Oeuvres philosophiques latines & françoises de feu. Tirées de ses manuscrits qui se conservent dans...

    Amsterdam et Leipzig, J. Schreuder, 1765.

    First edition of Leibniz’ fundamental Nouveaux essais sur l’entendement humain, here published as part of the first collected edition of his philosophical works in French and Latin. The Nouveaux essais take up 496 of the 540 pages and offers one of the most important refutations of Locke’s Essay...

    £3750

  9. TARSKI, Alfred.

    Pojęcie prawdy w językach nauk dedukcyjnych.

    Warsaw, 1933.

    first edition of tarski’s seminal the concept of truth in formalized languages.

    £3500

  10. 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

  11. SACCHI, Giovenale.

    Del numero e delle misure delle corde musiche e loro corrispondenze. Dissertazione del P. D. Giovenale Sacchi...

    Milan, [Giuseppe Mazzucchelli (colophon)], 1761.

    First edition of Sacchi’s first work: a theoretical study of music and acoustic from a mathematical and physical perspective built upon the most innovative eighteenth-century physics. Galilei, Kapler, Newton, Mersenne, and contemporary works on the nature of air form the basis of Sacchi’s study of...

    £2250

  12. WHITEHEAD, Alfred North.

    On mathematical concepts of the material world [in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of...

    London, Dulau & Co, 1906.


    First edition of one of the earliest of Whitehead’s works, the first attempt to tacke the question of the nature of the material world through the symbolism of formal logic.

    £1750

  13. BERNOULLI, Daniel.

    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,...

    £1650

  14. 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...

    £1650

  15. JEVONS, William Stanley.

    The principles of science: a treatise on logic and scientific method.

    London, Macmillan and Co., 1874.

    First edition of Jevons’ ‘most important contribution to scientific methodology’ (Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, pp. 260).

    £1500

  16. RIEMANN, Georg Friedrich Bernhard.

    Ein Beitrag zu den Untersuchungen über die Bewegung eines flüssigen gleichartigen Ellipsoids.

    Göttingen, Dieterichsche Buchhandlung, 1861.

    the very rare offprint issue from the abhandlungen der königlichen gesellschaft der wissenschaften zu göttigen of riemann’s classic paper on rotating liquid ellipsoids, containing solutions of the equations of fluid dynamics that were later applied to the physics of rotating stars by chandrasekhar...

    £1400

  17. CARBONARO, J.

    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.

    £1200

  18. MARZAGLIA, Gaetano.

    Fascetto di pratiche matematiche spiegato alle persone popolari per uso del commercio umano, e civile, in questa...

    Verona, Ramanzini, 1780.

    Much enlarged second edition of a rare work on applied mathematics (the first edition, 1754, only amounted to xii + 255 and two plates). Commercial arithmetic is one of the three main fields with which the author engages: business, trade and currency exchange examples prevail in the 82 practical illustrations...

    £1150

  19. MEITNER, Lise and Otto R. FRISCH.

    On the Products of the Fission of Uranium and Thorium under Neutron Bombardment.

    Copenhagen, Ejnar Munksgaard, 1939.

    first edition of this highly important paper, published in det kgl. danske videnskabernes selskab. mathematisk-fysiske meddelelser, vol. 17, no. 5.

    £1100

  20. [VALERIANI MOLINARI, Luigi].

    Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili. Trattato legale-economico ove incidentemente si additano...

    Bologna, Ulisse Ramponi, 1806.

    Very rare first edition. ‘Valeriani (1758–1828) was something of a polyhistor and much admired in his time and country. The little steam he reserved for economics was put to good use, however, in his theory of prices (Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili, 1806), which could have taught Senior...

    £950