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.
COOK, Captain James – Johann Reinhold and (Johann) Georg Adam FORSTER.
Characteres generum plantarum, quas in itinere ad insulas...
London: B. White, T. Cadell, & P. Elmsly, 1776.
First edition. Johann Reinhold Forster (1729-1798) and his son Georg Forster (1754-1794) travelled on Cook’s second voyage of 1772-1775 as naturalists, and their Characteres generum plantarum was the first botanical work about the voyage to be published and one of the earliest sources for European...
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.’
DUVILLARD DE DURAND, Emmanuel Étienne.
Nouvelle formule pour trouver la hauteur des lieux par celles du baromètre et du thermomètre,...
Paris, Deterville and widow Desray, 1826.
First edition of a rare and neglected work of thermodynamics, in which Duvillard presents his own calculation of absolute zero, some twenty years before Lord Kelvin’s work on the subject. He calculates the temperature as -266⅔ ºC; today 0 K is calculated as -273.15ºC.
DVIGUBSKII, Ivan Alekseevich.
Opyt estestvennoi istorii vsekh zhivotnykh Rossiiskoi Imperii … S izobrazheniiami zhivotnykh. [Fly-title:]...
Moscow, University Press, 1831
First edition, rare, one of a series of six works on the flora and fauna of the Russian Empire, published 1829-1833 under the same general title. The present volume covers molluscs, including cephalopods and gastropods.
ECKARTSHAUSEN, Karl von, Hofrath.
Die zehn Gebothe des Herrn, in sittlichen Erzählungen geschildert.
Augsburg, Johann Bapt. Balthasar Merz, 1790.
First edition of Eckhartshausen’s exposition of the Ten Commandments, illustrated by moral stories. Preceded by four short essays - the history of Simon the good Christian, there is no righteousness without religion, the happiness of Mankind is in religion, and Nature proves that there is God, the...
Lithograph portrait of François Quesnay after a portrait by Pierre Roche Vigneron.
This portrait of Quesnay in a characteristically pensive pose, wearing a wig and fine clothing, reflects his stature and intellectual reputation. The humbly born Quesnay went on to become surgeon to Louis XV and a renowned economist, famous for being the founding father of the Physiocrats.
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.
ESTRIDGE, Henry Watley.
Six Years in Seychelles; with Photographs from Original Drawings.
[?London: ?the author], 1885.
First edition. Following a period in the army, Estridge (1837-1902) was appointed Collector of Customs at Mahé in the Seychelles (probably in 1880), and held the position until 1885, when he returned to England. In 1886 he took up the position of Receiver and Accountant-General, British Bechuanaland...
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...
Dissertazione sopra il quesito Indicare le vere teorie, con le quali eseguirsi le stime dei terreni, stabilite...
Faenza, Archi for Antonio Marcheselli (Bologna), 1802.
Second edition of a paper which won the competition promoted by the Reale Accademia dei Georgofili of Florence in late 1779 for an account of how property should be valued. The 1779–80 competition had elicited, by 1783, four essays which the Academy deemed inadequate and it thereupon reinstated the...
The instructor: or, young man’s best companion…to which is added the family’s best companion…
London, for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, [not before 1735].
Second edition, (first, 1727). ‘Volumes entitled The Young Man’s companion exist in many versions and go back to the 1680s when William Mather produced the first of them. They are compendiums of useful information, intended for self-improvement. They concentrate on English, Mathematics, including...
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.
Novae coelestium terrestriumq[ue] rerum observationes et fortasse hactenus non vulgatae.
Naples, Gaffaro, 1646.
very rare first edition, complete with the folding plate that is sometimes missing, of this famous work of observational astronomy by francesco fontana, ‘the most renowned italian telescope maker’ (dsb) of his time, and ‘perhaps the first to use a keplerian telescope for regular planetary observation’...
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.
[FUOCO, Francesco]. DE WELZ, Giuseppe.
La Magia del credito svelata. Istituzione fondamentale di pubblica utilità da Giuseppe...
Naples, Stamperia francese, 1824.
First edition, presentation copy; the sheets were re-issued under the title Principii fondamentali di economia pubblica e di finanze in 1840 (see Kress Italian 1055).
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...
GICHTEL, Johann Georg and Johann Georg GRABER.
Eine kurtze Eröfnung und Anweisung der dreyen Principien und Welten im Menschen....
[N. p.], 1723.
scarce first edition, published posthumously. ‘When the Regensburg-born Gichtel (1638-1710) came to Holland, he was gripped by the spiritual movements of the mystical emigrants, who had been forced to leave Germany as a result of persecution by the Lutheran orthodoxy. In Amsterdam he also became acquainted...
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...
HENREY, Blanche Elizabeth Edith.
British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800. Comprising a History and Bibliography...
London: Oxford University Press, 1975.
First edition. Henrey’s comprehensive and authoritative historical and bibliographical account of early British botanical works: ‘Blanche Henrey's elegantly printed British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800 (3 vols, Oxford, 1975) is [a] useful point of entry for research and...
Opera Omnia [in Greek].
Venice, Aldine Press, May 1526.
a superb copy of the first edition in the original greek of the hippocratic corpus.