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.
De patientia aurei libri tres.
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...
Opera Omnia [in Greek].
Venice, Aldine Press, May 1526.
a superb copy of the first edition in the original greek of the hippocratic corpus.
Gli ordini di cavalcare.
Naples, Giovan Paulo Suganappo, 1550.
First edition of the first modern treatise on equitation, with contemporary Italian manuscript remedies for horses. The first author to write on horsemanship since Xenophon some two millennia earlier, Federico Grisone (d. c. 1570) ‘was a Neapolitan nobleman who, already during his lifetime,...
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...
XENOPHON, and Sebastian CASTELLIO (editor).
Opera, quae quidem Gręcè extant, omnia, partim iam olim, partim nūc...
Basel, Michael Isengrin, 1553.
Annotated first Castellio edition of Xenophon’s works, with Hipparchicus and De equis alendis. The great surviving works of classical horsemanship, Xenophon’s two treatises proved enormously influential, their principles uncontested until the publication of Grisone’s Ordini...
Stephani Atheniensis philosophi explanationes in Galeni priorem librum therapeuticum ad Glauconem, Augustino Gadaldino...
Venice, Giunta, November 1554.
First edition of Agostino Gadaldini’s Latin translation of Galen’s medical treatise Ad Glauconem and of Stephanus’ commentary upon it, enhanced with his own scholia. Galen’s Ad Glauconem is a concise introduction to the basics of diagnosis and the treatment of fevers. The work was...
MODIO, Giovanni Battista.
Il Tevere ... doue si raggiona in generale della natura di tutte le acque, et in particolare di quella...
Rome, Guglielmo Facciotto for Giovanni Martinelli, 1599
Rare first editions of two works on the river Tiber and the health implications of the quality of its water and of its regular flooding. A physician and follower of Filippo Neri, Modio (d. 1560) was moved to write Il Tevere by the regular flooding of the Tiber and subsequent sanitary crises...
Quaesitum novum pulcherrimum, ac optatissimum contra Scotum, ac communem viam in quo enucleatur an de subiecto...
Naples, Raymundus Amatus, 1557.
Scarce first editions of two early works on Aristotelian logic by Girolamo Balduino, an important member of the Paduan school of Aristotelian commentators who have been recognised in recent scholarship as a crucial link between traditional logic and science and the new, Galilean methodologies. In addition...
[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...
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).
Opus de compositione et usu multiformium horologiorum solarium pro diversis mundi regionibus, idq[ue] ubique...
Venice, Francesco de Franceschi, 1570.
Scarce first edition of Padovani’s treatise on sundials, providing illustrated instruction on the use of various horizontal and vertical sundials and on calculating latitude, this copy owned and annotated by the author’s friend and collaborator Johannes Andrea de Muscis. A second edition appeared in 1582.
Thesaurus artificiosae memoriae, concionatoribus, philosophis, medicis, iuristis, oratoribus, procuratoribus,...
Venice, Antonius Paduanius, 1579.
an unusually well preserved copy of the first edition of one of the principal texts of the dominican art of memory.
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...
Ordini di cavalcare, et modi di conoscere le nature de’ cavalli, di emendare i lor vitii, & d’ammaestrargli...
Venice, Andrea Muschio, 1590.
Later edition of Grisone’s Ordini, with the third edition of his text on veterinary medicine and the famous image of a horse and its diseases. Though a riding master and horse-trainer, Grisone’s treatise on equitation was augmented from 1571 by a veterinary text, discussing diseases...
Capitulaire auquel est traicté qu’un Homme nay sans Testicules apparens, et qui ha neantmoins toutes...
Paris, François Jacquin, 1604.
Famous speech delivered in 1600 by the lawyer Sébastian Rouillard in defence of the Baron d’Argenton, whose wife, Madelaine de La Chastre, requested the annulment of their marriage on the grounds of his alleged impotence, due to an apparent lack of testicles. The Baron claimed otherwise, offering...
Fortalitium scientiae, das ist: die unfehlbare, volkommeliche, unerschätzliche Kunst aller Künsten und Magnalien,...
First edition of this tract on Rosicrucianism which purports to have been written by Hugo de Alverda, and imaginary and very old Rosicrucian character.
Anatomia del cavallo, infermità, et suoi rimedii: opera nuova, degna di qualsivoglia prencipe, & cavaliere, & molto...
Venice, Fioravante Prati, 1618.
Fourth edition of the first detailed study in veterinary anatomy and an extremely important work in the history of anatomy as a discipline. Influenced by Andreas Vesalius’s De fabrica corporis humani (Basel, 1543), the Anatomia del cavallo is copiously illustrated with large woodcuts,...
[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.
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.
BEAUGRAND, Nicolas, and de l’ESPINEY.
Le mareschal expert, traictant du naturel des chevaux, des marques de leur bonté, & remedes...
Paris, ‘Anthoine Alazert’, 1640.
Very rare imprint of a popular but discredited work, proposing remedies based on the zodiac. ‘His small and popular treatise had an enormous success throughout France. It was republished many times well into the 19th century. The numerous subsequent editions are all in 8vo, testifying to the...