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. 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

  2. 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 was a British artist...

    £2500

  3. [NORTH, Roger].

    A discourse of fish and fish-ponds…

    London, E. Curll, 1713.

    First edition. A popular treatise on freshwater fisheries which was frequently reprinted throughout the 18th century, written by the lawyer politician and writer Roger North (1651-1734). North’s manual is specifically targeted at those wishing to cultivate fish in lowland clays and deals predominately...

    £650

  4. 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).

    £4500

  5. [PERUGINI FAMILY.]

    ‘Trattato pratico delli morbi delle donne’, ‘Unico trattato della lue venerea’, and ‘Del anteprattica...

    Italy, c. 1750.

    A significant manuscript compendium containing three apparently unpublished medical treatises on women’s and children’s health, sexually transmitted diseases, and general medicine including pharmacology, compiled in mid-18th-century Italy by a family of physicians by the name of Perugini, and including...

    £1400

  6. PHARMACOPOEA TAURINENSIS

    nunc primum edita jussu Augustissimi Regis.

    Turin, Jean-Baptiste Chais, 1736.

    First edition of this Turin pharmacopoeia, prepared by doctors at the city’s medical college at the order of Charles Emmanuel III, Duke of Savoy. Its first section comprises a list of all substances generally used in the preparation of medicines, with synonyms and notes to aid the user in distinguishing...

    £1800

  7. [PHARMACOPOEIA.]

    Apparatus medicaminum ad usum nosocomii Ticinensis anno MDCCXC.

    Pavia, Joseph Bolzani, [1790].

    Very rare first edition of this pharmacopoeia for use at the Ospedale Grande di San Matteo, also known as the Pietà, in Pavia, one of the foremost medical schools in Europe at the time of this publication. Founded in 1449, the Ospedale remained the centre of healthcare in the city for almost five centuries,...

    £750

  8. PLINY, the Elder.

    C. Plini secundi des wijdt-vermaerden natur-kondigers vijf boecken. Handelende van de nature. I. Vande menschen....

    Amsterdam, [Christoffel Cunradus for] Joost Hartgers, 1650.

    One of several Dutch editions of selections from Pliny’s Natural History to appear in the half-century following the publication of the first Dutch translation in 1610. The present edition, like many of the others, is enlarged to include much information not available to Pliny (the additions are printed...

    £800

  9. PLUCHE, Noël-Antoine.

    The History of the Heavens, considered according to the Notions of the Poets and Philosophers, compared...

    London: Printed [by Samuel Richardson] for J. Osborn … and sold by C. Rivington, C. Davis, T. Longman, T. Astley, S. Austin [and eight others...

    First edition in English of Histoire du ciel consideré selon les idées des poëts, des philosophes, et de Moïse (Paris, 1739).

    £1000

  10. POMPONAZZI, Pietro.

    Opera.

    [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...

    £7500

  11. [POSTAL HISTORY].

    [Venetian “AQ” letter sheet.]

    [Venice, 1647].

    A completed example of the first prepaid letter sheet.

    £1400

  12. QUESNAY, François.

    Traité de la suppuration.

    Paris, Veuve d’Houry, 1770.

    [bound with:]
    QUESNAY, François. Précis sur la suppuration putride ... Paris, Veuve D’Houry, 1776.

    £250

  13. QUESNAY, François.

    Traité de la gangrène.

    Paris, Veuve d’Houry, 1771.

    Third edition. Quesnay (1694-1774) assesses the problem of gangrene with detailed observations on the causes, symptoms and cures for dry and wet gangrene. He established his reputation in political and academic circles for his medical work, becoming physician to Louis XV in the 1740s. His first medical...

    £175

  14. RÉAUMUR, René-Antoine Ferchault de.

    Pratique de l’art de faire éclorre et d’élever en toute saison des oiseaux domestiques...

    Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1751.

    The third edition (first 1749) of one of the major works of the great French scientist and naturalist Réaumur (1683-1757), on the art of hatching and rearing domestic birds. The work was translated into English in 1750. Réaumur discusses the proper temperature for incubating eggs, various types of...

    £250

  15. REDOUTÉ, Pierre Joseph.

    Les Roses, peintes par P.J.R. Descrites par Cl. Ant.Thory.

    Paris, C.F.L. Panckoucke, 1824.

    First 8vo edition of Redouté’s gargantuan masterpiece, lavishly illustrated with stipple-engravings by Bessa, Bessin, Chapuy, Charlin, Coutant, Langlois, Lemaire, Talbot, Teillard and Victor after the original aquarelles by Redouté, popularly nicknamed the ‘Raphael of Flowers’.
    Designer...

    £22500

  16. RICHARDUS ANGLICUS.

    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...

    £6000

  17. [ROSICRUCIANISM].

    Fortalitium scientiae, das ist: die unfehlbare, volkommeliche, unerschätzliche Kunst aller Künsten und Magnalien,...

    [Nuremberg], 1617.

    First edition of this tract on Rosicrucianism which purports to have been written by Hugo de Alverda, and imaginary and very old Rosicrucian character.

    £4500

  18. 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

  19. 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