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.
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).
KEELY, Patrick Cokayne.
SEPSIS Get First Aid. The Ministry of Labour and National Service and produced by the Royal Society for...
London, Loxley Bros., 1943.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) was responsible for the production of safety propaganda material used in those factories and workshops supplying the war effort. It was underwritten by the Ministry of Labour and National Service, which was responsible for military recruitment...
The History of a tame Robin. Supposed to be written by Himself.
London: Printed for Darton, Harvey, and Darton … 1817.
First and only edition. The tame Robin recalls a life of adventure enriched by human and avian friendships. A childhood spent in a school-room helped him attain ‘a sufficient knowledge of literature to relate my adventures’. His life, though happy, is not without its vicissitudes: he loses a close...
[KEPLER.] REITLINGER, Edmund, and Carl Woldemar von NEUMANN.
Johannes Kepler. Vier Bücher in drei Theilen. [Edited by C. Gruner]....
Stuttgart, Carl Grüninger, 1868.
first edition of the first part of a projected grand Kepler biography: ‘further parts of this finely produced and much cited biography were not published. The reason appears to be Gruner’s pretentious attitude, which led Reitlinger to withdraw from the editorship. As the overall design and concept,...
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,...
KUNCKEL VON LÖWENSTERN, Johann.
Collegium physico-chemicum experimentale, Oder Laboratorium Chymicum, In welchem Deutlich und...
Hamburg and Leipzig, Samuel Heyl, 1716.
the rare first edition of a famous chemical handbook, the most important work of the leading german chemist of the second half of the seventeenth century. Partington, devoting pp. 361-77 of vol. II to Kunckel, gives ‘a nearly complete bibliographical account with comment’ (Marie Boas Hall in DSB),...
LANDO, Giovanni Giacomo.
Aritmetica mercantile … Nella quale si vede, come si hanno da fare li conti, per li cambi, che si fanno...
Naples, [Alexander Gratianus for] Tarquinio Longo, 1604.
Very rare first edition of one of the most important and comprehensive seventeenth-century works on commercial arithmetic and exchange rates in Italy and Europe. Three further editions came out within forty years, all printed in Venice, and all now scarce.
LEIBNIZ, Gottfried Wilhelm.
Oeuvres philosophiques latines & françoises de feu. Tirées de ses manuscrits qui se conservent dans...
Amsterdam et Leipzig, J. Schreuder, 1765.
First edition of Leibniz’ fundamental Nouveaux essais sur l’entendement humain, here published as part of the first collected edition of his philosophical works in French and Latin. The Nouveaux essais take up 496 of the 540 pages and offers one of the most important refutations of Locke’s Essay...
Panarithmologia: or the trader’s sure guide. Containing exact and useful tables, ready cast up, adapted to...
New corrected and enlarged edition, first published 1693. Described by De Morgan as the earliest English ready reckoner, Panarithmologia… was hugely popular; running to over twenty editions and remaining in print into the nineteenth century.
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.
Sir Isaac Newton’s tables for renewing and purchasing the leases of cathedral-churches and colleges, according...
London, printed for Thomas Astley, 1742
Sixth edition, first published in 1686, this issue was sometimes also published with a separate title page and imprint reading, ‘The money’d man’s pocket-book’, London, 1742’ immediately preceding the title-page of the second part. A series of tables calculating the amounts owed on leases based...
[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,...
MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION OF ALCHEMICAL TREATISES AND RECIPES IN LATIN.
Northern Italy [?Genova], late 17th – early 18th century
a superb collection of alchemical texts.
MARSHAK, Samuil and Evgney Charushin.
Les Poupons du Jardin d’Acclimatation [‘Cubs in cages’].
Moscow, Iskra Revolutsii, 1954.
Handsome edition of this enduringly popular classic of children’s literature (first, 1935), a charming pairing of Marshak’s popular verses on young animals at the zoo, newly translated into French by Alice Orane, with striking illustrations by Evgeny Charushin, leading children’s animal artist...
The earth as modified by human action.
New York, Scribner, Amstrong, 1874.
First edition thus (a previous version had been published ten years earlier under the title Man and Nature) of the first modern discussion of ecology and environmental issues. This copy bears several authorial manuscript corrections. A revised edition was posthumously published in 1885.
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...
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.
MEŸER, Henry Leonard.
Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and Their Eggs.
London: S. & J. Bentley, Wilson, and Fley for G. Willis, and (vol. VII) by S. & J. Bentley and Henry Fley for Willis and Sotheran, 1853-1857.
Second octavo edition. Meÿer’s British Birds is, ‘[w]ith the possible exception of Lord Lilford’s Birds, [which was published some fifty years later] […] the finest and most complete atlas of portraits of British avifauna (with their eggs) ever published’ (Wood). Meÿer...
MOORE, George Edward (1873-1958), philosopher.
Autograph testimonial signed (‘G. E. Moore’) for Alice Ambrose.
86 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, 24 April 1935.
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).