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. 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

  3. [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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. SECHENOV, Ivan Mikhaylovich.

    Fisiologia nervnoy sistemy [in Cyrillic].

    St. Petersburg, 1866.

    first edition, rare, of Sechenov’s influential lectures at the St. Petersburg Medico-Surgical Academy. Sechenov states in his preface that as soon as he began to lecture (St. Petersburg in 1860 was his first professorship) he discovered the deficiencies of the existing textbooks, which tended to be...

    £2750

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. KÖLLIKER, Albert von.

    Handbuch der Gewebelehre des Menschen für Aerzte und Studierende.

    Leipzig, Wilhelm Engelmann, 1852.

    first edition, scarce. ‘A Swiss by birth, Kölliker received his medical education by attending Müller’s lectures in Berlin and studying at Heidelberg where he graduated. After serving as prosector for Henle in Zurich, Kölliker was called to Würzburg where he remained for half a century. A genius,...

    £1600

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. WAITE, George.

    The Gums; with late Discoveries on their Structure, Growth, Connections, Diseases, and Sympathies.

    London, [Thomas for] Longman and others, 1835.

    a luxuriously bound copy of the scarce first edition of this study of the anatomy, pathology and physiology of the gums, written by the son of Lord Byron’s dentist.

    £1400

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. MAYER, Ludwig.

    Studien über die Anatomie des Canalis Eustachii.

    Munich: E. Stahl for J.J. Lentner, 1866.

    First edition. Studien über die Anatomie des Canalis Eustachii, written by Bavarian court physician Ludwig Mayer (1839-1878), analyses the anatomy of the Eustachian tube based on observations on specimens provided by Munich anatomist Dr Nikolaus Rüdinger. Rüdinger had refined the method...

    £750