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. 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...

    £950

  2. BODDAERT, Pieter.

    Epistola ad … Hier. Dav. Gaubium … De chaetodonte diacantho, descripto atque accuratissima icone illustrata...

    Amsterdam, apud M. Magerum, 1772.

    First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of the Royal Angelfish found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on the Royal Angelfish (and its first illustration), a now common species of coral fish in the Pacific and Indian Ocean.

    £350

  3. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft in einer beurtheilenden Uebersicht.

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary of the greatest works of Bolzano, The Theory of Science and The Science of Religion, first published in four-volume sets in 1837 and 1834, copiously illustrated with citations from the original texts.

    £600

  4. BORLASE, William.

    The natural History of Cornwall: The Air, Climate, Waters, Rivers, Lakes, Sea, and Tides; Of the Stones, Semimetals,...

    Oxford, W. Jackson for the Author, and London, W. Sandby, 1758.

    First edition of Borlase’s monumental survey of Cornwall. Though aged over sixty at the time of publication, William Borlase (1696 – 1772), rector of Ludgvan, toured central and eastern Cornwall between 1752 and 1757, gathering material for his Natural History. The result, though less...

    £750

  5. BOSE, Johann Andreas.

    Introductio generalis in Notitiam Rerum publicarum Orbis Universi. Accedunt eiusdem Dissertationes de Statu...

    Jenae, J. Bielki, 1676.

    First edition of a pioneering work of statistics and rare Americanum, by the philosopher and historian Johann Andreas Bose (1624–1674). Bose’s crucial intuition as a student of human societies lies in his advocacy of interdisciplinary investigations. His work ‘on all the states in the world’...

    £3000

  6. 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

  7. BRACKEN, Henry.

    Farriery improv’d, or a compleat Treatise upon the Art of Farriery, wherein is fully explain’d the Nature,...

    London, J. Clarke and J. Shuckburgh, 1745.

    Fifth edition of Bracken’s ‘most famous and best-selling work’ (ODNB). First published in 1737 and eventually running to twelve editions, ‘its popularity sprang from Bracken’s robust language and common-sense solutions, which were grounded as much in his firsthand knowledge of the general...

    £350

  8. BRACKEN, Henry.

    The Traveller’s Pocket-Farrier, or a Treatise upon the Distempers and common Incidents happening to Horses on...

    [S.l., s.n.,] 1751.

    Sixth edition of Bracken’s pocket-manual for farriery, with advice on the care and selection of horses. ‘It was once my design never more to have appeared in print with respect to treating upon distempers incident to horses; but the multiplicity of small books lately published upon the subject,...

    £375

  9. [BRACKEN, Henry (attributed).]

    Ten Minutes Advice to every Gentleman going to purchase a Horse out of a Dealer, Jockey,...

    London, for the author and sold by John Bell, and York, C. Etherington, [c. 1775].

    Very rare second edition of advice on the purchase of horses, with the tricks used by dealers to deceive buyers. Though the text is commonly attributed to Bracken, he is unlikely to have published anything a decade after his death; the author’s preface, signed ‘S.’, may offer a more productive...

    £2500

  10. 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

  11. BROGGI, Ugo.

    Die Axiome der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung.

    Göttingen, Dieterischen Universitäts-Buchdruckerei, 1907.

    Rare first edition of this doctoral dissertation on the solution of Hilbert’s sixth problem, written under the supervision of David Hilbert. The problem posed tried to axiomatize those branches of science in which mathematics is prevalent. Broggi here aims to establish a system with which to prove...

    £375

  12. BRUECKMANN, Franz Ernst.

    De Cervo Volante et eius Hybernaculo.

    Wolfenbüttel, [for the author], 1739

    First and only edition of the earliest monograph on the stag beetle. The fine plate shows the insect in all its glory, also his winter quarters in the trunk of an oak tree.

    £350

  13. [BUFFON.]

    The natural History of Insects, compiled from Swammerdam, Brookes, Goldsmith, &c., embellished with Copper-Plates, intended...

    Mudie, and Leith, W. Coke, 1792.

    Uncommon first edition of an anonymous Scottish companion to Buffon, printed at Perth.

    £175

  14. BUNON, Robert.

    Essay sur les maladies des dents, ou l’on propose les moyens de leur procurer une bonne conformation dès la plus...

    Paris, [Joseph Bullot for] Briasson, Chaubert, and De Hansy, 1743.

    A fine sammelband of all of Bunon’s separately published writings.

    £2750

  15. CARON, Jean-Charles-Félix.

    Compendium institutionum philosophiae, in quo de rhetorica et philosophia, tractatur. Ad usum candidatorum...

    Paris, N. M. Tilliard, 1770.

    Very uncommon guide, by the Parisian surgeon Jean-Charles-Félix Caron, to the philosophy student in the University of Paris needs to know in order to graduate first as bachelor and then as master of arts in the university. The work is essentially a kind of bluffer’s guide: “there are people who,...

    £875

  16. CARROLL, Lewis [i.e. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson].

    A tangle tale ... with six illustrations by Arthur B. Frost.

    London, Macmillan and Co., 1885.

    First edition. A collection of ten amusing stories, known by Carroll as ‘Knots’, each concealing a mathematical problem, the answers to which are given in the appendix. The charming illustrations are by the American illustrator Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928), who also illustrated works by Charles...

    £200

  17. [CASTILLO Y SORIANO, José del.]

    Amor á la creacion. Poesia dedicada á la Sociedad Madrileña Protectora de los Animales y de...

    Madrid, Sociedad de Tipógrafos, 1879.

    Very rare survival: a poem in twenty-four stanzas each of five lines devoted to the celebration of animals and plants, dedicated to the Madrid Society for the protection of nature, and publicly read by the actress Carolina Civili on the occasion of the May 1879 exhibition of plants and birds....

    £500

  18. CATANEO, Girolamo.

    De arte bellica, sive de designandis ac construendis arcibus et propugnaculis, necnon et de iis oppugnandis,...

    Lyons, Jean de Tournes, 1600.

    First Latin edition, scarce on the market, of this handsomely illustrated military classic, first published in Italian at Brescia in 1564. Edited and published by Jean de Tournes, this edition is dedicated to Henry IV of France. The military architect Cataneo (active 1540-1584) was considered,...

    £1850

  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. CLARK, James.

    A Treatise on the Prevention of Diseases incidental to Horses, from bad Management in Regard to Stables, Food, Water,...

    Edinburgh, for the Author, and sold by W. Creech, J. Dickson, P. Hill, and C. Elliot, 1790.

    Two important texts on farriery (second and third editions respectively), with a preface instrumental to the foundation of the Royal Veterinary College in 1791. Farrier to the King for Scotland, James Clark’s arguments for a veterinary school after the model of the continental colleges were...

    £750