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. PLINY, the Elder.

    C. Plini secundi des wijdt-vermaerden natur-kondigers vijf boecken. Handelende van de nature. I. Vande menschen....

    Amsterdam, [Christoffel Cunradus for] Joost Hartgers, 1650.

    One of several Dutch editions of selections from Pliny’s Natural History to appear in the half-century following the publication of the first Dutch translation in 1610. The present edition, like many of the others, is enlarged to include much information not available to Pliny (the additions are printed...

    £800

  6. RAMESEY, William.

    Ελμινθολογια [Helminthologia]. Or, some physical considerations of the matter, origination, and several...

    London, George Sawbridge, 1668.

    First edition. Notwithstanding a moment of scientific clarity with the instruction to view the blood of ill people under a microscope in order to see ‘the vermine’ that lie within, this unique treatise anecdotally discusses the causes and effects of worms, the product of ‘putrid, vitious and gross,...

    £250

  7. STATUTA COLLEGII DD.

    Almae Urbis Medicorum ex antiquis Romanorum Pontificum bullis congesta, & hactenùs per Sedem Apostolicam...

    Rome, Printer of the Apostolic Chamber, 1676-[c.1745].

    the very rare enlarged and updated issue of the statutes of the medical faculty of Rome, a very rare and interesting document on its internal organization.

    £850

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. WAINEWRIGHT, Jeremiah, M.D.

    A mechanical Account of the Non-Naturals: being a brief Explication of the Changes made in humane Bodies,...

    London: Printed for Ralph Smith ... and Jeffery Wale ... 1707

    First edition of Wainewright’s study of health and diet. From the time of the Greek texts of the Hippocratic Corpus to the early modern period it was believed that health depended on the careful management of six external factors (hence ‘Non-Natural’, not inherent to the human body): the air one...

    £2750

  11. MORGAGNI, Giovanni Battista.

    Epistolae anatomicae duae, novas observationes, & animadversationes complectens, quibus anatome augetur,...

    Leiden, J. à Kerkhem, 1728.

    FIRST EDITION. ‘The two anatomical essays in this work constitute a detailed review of the anatomy and physiological functions of the liver. Although the historical aspects of the subject are emphasized, Morgagni includes many of his own observations’ (Heirs of Hippocrates on the edition of 1762).

    £1200

  12. EYRE, Henry.

    A Brief Account of the Holt Waters, containing one Hundred and Twelve eminent Cures, perform’d by the Use of the...

    London: Printed for J. Roberts … 1731.

    First edition. The waters from Bath, Bristol and Holt, in Wiltshire, were the most popular English mineral waters of the eighteenth century, in no small part due to the activity of Henry Eyre, ‘Sworn Purveyor to Her Majesty [Queen Caroline, wife of George II] for all Mineral Waters’. Eyre ran a distribution...

    £750

  13. 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

  14. TISSOT, Samuel August André David.

    Traité de l'épilepsie ...

    Paris, P.F. Didot, 1770.

    The scarce first edition of Tissot’s important monograph on epilepsy, the “first book on this subject to show all the characteristics of Enlightenment in medicine. Written in the French vernacular, it is at once learned, scientific, and readable...” (Temkin, The Falling Sickness p. 229).

    £800

  15. 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

  16. QUESNAY, François.

    Traité de la suppuration.

    Paris, Veuve d’Houry, 1770.

    [bound with:]
    QUESNAY, François. Précis sur la suppuration putride ... Paris, Veuve D’Houry, 1776.

    £250

  17. QUESNAY, François.

    Traité de la gangrène.

    Paris, Veuve d’Houry, 1771.

    Third edition. Quesnay (1694-1774) assesses the problem of gangrene with detailed observations on the causes, symptoms and cures for dry and wet gangrene. He established his reputation in political and academic circles for his medical work, becoming physician to Louis XV in the 1740s. His first medical...

    £175

  18. NORDMARK, Zacharias, Praes.

    Dissertationem, de respiratione in Montibus altissimis. Pro gradu publicae censurae subjicit Petrus...

    Upsala, J.F. Erdman, 1797.

    Very rare dissertation on respiration at high altitude, an early treatment of the subject. In this interesting treatise the author discusses changes in atmospheric pressure at different altitudes, scarcity of air and its inelasticity caused by low temperatures, the effects on the respiratory system,...

    £350

  19. CHOYSELAT, Prudent le.

    Discours oeconomique, non moins utile que récréatif, monstrant comme de cinq cens livres pour une foys...

    Rouen, Martin le Menestrier 1612 [but ca. 1745].

    Early edition of an interesting ‘way to wealth’, in fact a guide to the management of poultry, first published 1569. An English translation was published in 1580 under the title A Discourse of housebandrie, described by Mary Aslin (Rothansted) as ‘the first book on poultry’. Brunet, Quérard...

    £550

  20. [KEENE, Marian].

    The History of a tame Robin. Supposed to be written by Himself.

    London: Printed for Darton, Harvey, and Darton … 1817.

    First and only edition. The tame Robin recalls a life of adventure enriched by human and avian friendships. A childhood spent in a school-room helped him attain ‘a sufficient knowledge of literature to relate my adventures’. His life, though happy, is not without its vicissitudes: he loses a close...

    £325