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. WATT, James.

    PORTABLE COPYING MACHINE.

    [Birmingham], James Watt & Co., [1795].

    ‘An outstanding piece of copying equipment of the late eighteenth century was invented, manufactured, and sold by none other than the great engineer, James Watt. The process which this copying machine employed was patented in 1780 as ‘A new method of copying letters and other writings expeditiously.’

    £22500

  2. 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

  3. JANSSEN, Pierre Jules César.

    A Collection of 58 Offprints.

    Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1874-95

    an outstanding collection of offprints of janssen’s important work in physical astronomy and spectroscopy, including the first description of his photographic revolver.

    £11000

  4. 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

  5. WOOD, John George.

    The Principles and Practise of Sketching Landscape Scenery from Nature, systematically arranged and illustrated...

    London, printed for the author, 1813 [-1815].

    First edition of J. G. Wood’s last and most ambitious drawing book. Wood was a landscape painter speciallising in watercolour and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1793 and 1811. Here his drawing lessons deal with sketching cottage scenery, trees and woods, village streets, and general views incorporating...

    £2250

  6. 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

  7. PARKER, Thomas Netherton.

    Leaves out of the book of a country gentleman.

    Oswestry, printed and sold by W. Price …, 1847

    First and only edition of this very rare privately published compilation by Parker of his mostly unpublished farm and estate experiments and inventions. This copy with bold mss. presentation by Parker on the front cover: ‘The Earl of Powis, From the Author’. The title-page informs that ‘A hundred...

    £1950

  8. 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

  9. BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE.

    Report of the First [-Eighth] Meetings.

    London, John Murray, 1833-39.

    ‘The principal effort in the initial organisation of the British Association came from Edinburgh and the provincial scientific societies. Babbage himself was prevented from attending the first meeting in York by pressing work ... However his central position was acknowledges when he was appointed one...

    £1200

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. [GARDONE Valtrompia].

    COMINAZZI, Marco. Cenni sulla fabbrica d’armi in Gardone di Valtrompia.

    Brescia, F. Speranza, 1850.

    First edition, very rare, with apparently one only copy recorded in institutions worldwide (University of Illinois), of this account of the history of one of the earliest and most globally successful firearms manufactures. In fine silver-stamped calf, this copy appears to have been bound either for presentation...

    £1000

  13. ROY, William.

    Experiments and observations made in Britain in order to obtain a rule for measuring heights with the barometer.

    London, J. Nichols, 1778.

    First separate edition of these papers, read at the Royal Society the previous year, by one of the outstanding surveyors of the eighteenth century. Roy’s principal aim is the correction of errors in the observations of Deluc, published in the Philosophical Transactions in 1771, and the work is a prime...

    £850

  14. ST-THOMAS, Auguste de.

    L’inondation de Saint-Pétersbourg. Le 7 Novembre 1824.

    St Petersburg, de l’imprimerie du Département de l’Instruction Publique (to front cover: chez MM. de St-Florent et Hauer), 1824.

    First edition, and the second copy recorded, of a scarce eye witness account in verse of the flooding which hit St Petersburg on 7th of November 1824, and peaked on the 19th, when the Neva breached its embankments and destroyed large parts of St. Petersburg, killing several hundred people.

    £850

  15. SCHÖFFLER, Benedict.

    Die Phototelegraphie und das Elektrische Fernsehen.

    Wien und Leipzig, Wilhelm Braumüller, 1898.

    A treatise by a German artillery officer on the electrical transmission of images, occasioned by newspaper reports of Jan Szczepanik’s invention. ‘On February 24, 1897, Jan Szczepanik and Ludwig Kleinberg of Austria applied for a patent for a method and apparatus for reproducing pictures and the...

    £750

  16. BOTTO, Giuseppe Domenico.

    Observations microscopiques sur les mouvements des globules végétaux suspendus dans un menstrue.

    [Turin], Imprimerie Royale, [1840].

    An extremely rare offprint from the Memorie della Reale Accademia delle Scienze di Torino on Brownian Movement and a contribution to the ‘heated controversy with the best known botanists of the world [started by the] discovery that made [Amici] famous ... that of the fertilization of phanerogams, particularly...

    £675

  17. HELMHOLTZ, Hermann von.

    Das Denken in der Medizin.

    Berlin, August Hirschwald, 1877.

    first edition of a wide-ranging philosophical discourse, pronounced at the institute where Helmholtz had graduated as a medical doctor 35 years before. The discourse is not confined to medicine, taking in Newton, Gauss and Riemann, Socrates and Kant, as well as Hippocrates, Vesalius, Harvey and Helmholtz’s...

    £350

  18. 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