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.
[SCHLOSSER, Johann Albert.] BODDAERT, Pieter.
Epistola ad virum amplissimum W. Roell … De testudine cartilaginea, descripta atque...
Amsterdam, Kornelis van Tongerlo, 1770.
First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of the freshwater Southeast Asian softshell turtle found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on (and the first illustration of) this particular species which was then as much as today priced as medicine and food.
[SCHLOSSER, Johann Albert]. BODDAERT, Pieter.
Epistola ad … Hier. Dav. Gaubium … De chaetodonte diacantho, descripto atque...
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.
Die Phototelegraphie und das Elektrische Fernsehen.
Wien und Leipzig, Wilhelm Braumüller, 1898.
A treatise by a German artillery officer on the electrical transmission of images, occasioned by newspaper reports of Jan Szczepanik’s invention. ‘On February 24, 1897, Jan Szczepanik and Ludwig Kleinberg of Austria applied for a patent for a method and apparatus for reproducing pictures and the...
Abriss der Algebra der Logik. Bearb. im Auftrag der deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung von dr. Eugen Müller....
Leipzig and Berlin, B.G. Teubner, 1909.
First edition of the first of two parts of Schröder’s Abriss, edited by E. Müller and published posthumously in 1909 and 1910. Committed to the reform and development of logic, Schröder debuted in this field with a fundamental revision of Boole’s logic of classes, which emphasized the notion of...
SCOWEN & CO.
circa 1880s, printed 1890s.
Charles Scowen arrived in Ceylon around 1873 and was initially an assistant to R. Edley, the Commission Agent in Kandy before opening a photographic studio around 1876. By 1885 his photography firm had studios in Colombo and Kandy. Scowen was a later arrival to Ceylon than Skeen and his work is less...
SECHENOV, Ivan Mikhaylovich.
Fisiologia nervnoy sistemy [in Cyrillic].
St. Petersburg, 1866.
first edition, rare, of Sechenov’s influential lectures at the St. Petersburg Medico-Surgical Academy. Sechenov states in his preface that as soon as he began to lecture (St. Petersburg in 1860 was his first professorship) he discovered the deficiencies of the existing textbooks, which tended to be...
SQUIRES, Richard F.
Typescript letter to John Derek Smith, signed Rick,
dated Gladsaxe [Denmark], December 7, 1965.
Squires’ main research was into multiple forms of monoamine oxidases, and their inhibitors, which are nowadays used as antidepressants. Squires reports of problems not entirely unrelated with psycho-active substances:
Hints about home and farm favourites for pleasure, prizes, and profit.
London and New York, Frederick Warne, 1889.
First edition of this charming work on the care of pets, with chapters on dogs, cats, poultry, rabbits, goats, ferrets, monkeys, guinea-pigs, ‘fancy rats’, and tortoises, as well as on ‘monkeys as pets’. The book is dedicated to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
STATUTA COLLEGII DD.
Almae Urbis Medicorum ex antiquis Romanorum Pontificum bullis congesta, & hactenùs per Sedem Apostolicam...
Rome, Printer of the Apostolic Chamber, 1676-[c.1745].
the very rare enlarged and updated issue of the statutes of the medical faculty of Rome, a very rare and interesting document on its internal organization.
STRUVE, Otto Wilhelm.
Übersicht der Tätigkeit der Nicolai-Hauptsternwarte während der ersten 25 Jahre ihres Bestehens.
St. Petersburg, Buchdruckerei der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1865
First edition of Otto Struve’s description of the Nicolai Observatory at Pulkovo near St. Petersburg and its scientific work. His father, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve (1793-1864), astronomer and founder director of the Pulkovo Observatory died while the volume was printed. His fine photographic portrait...
ST-THOMAS, Auguste de.
L’inondation de Saint-Pétersbourg. Le 7 Novembre 1824.
St Petersburg, de l’imprimerie du Département de l’Instruction Publique (to front cover: chez MM. de St-Florent et Hauer), 1824.
First edition, and the second copy recorded, of a scarce eye witness account in verse of the flooding which hit St Petersburg on 7th of November 1824, and peaked on the 19th, when the Neva breached its embankments and destroyed large parts of St. Petersburg, killing several hundred people.
THORNTON, Robert John (DUFFOUR, Joseph, translator).
Preuves de l’efficacité de la vaccine, suivies d’une réponse aux objections...
Paris, Chomel, 1807.
First French translation of Thornton’s Facts decisive in favour of the cow-pock, which first appeared in 1802 and swiftly ran through numerous editions. Thornton (1768-1837) attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of St Andrews, before lecturing on medical botany at Guy’s and St Thomas’s...
TISSOT, Samuel August André David.
Traité de l'épilepsie ...
Paris, P.F. Didot, 1770.
The scarce first edition of Tissot’s important monograph on epilepsy, the “first book on this subject to show all the characteristics of Enlightenment in medicine. Written in the French vernacular, it is at once learned, scientific, and readable...” (Temkin, The Falling Sickness p. 229).
[VALERIANI MOLINARI, Luigi].
Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili. Trattato legale-economico ove incidentemente si additano...
Bologna, Ulisse Ramponi, 1806.
Very rare first edition. ‘Valeriani (1758–1828) was something of a polyhistor and much admired in his time and country. The little steam he reserved for economics was put to good use, however, in his theory of prices (Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili, 1806), which could have taught Senior...
WAINEWRIGHT, Jeremiah, M.D.
A mechanical Account of the Non-Naturals: being a brief Explication of the Changes made in humane Bodies,...
London: Printed for Ralph Smith ... and Jeffery Wale ... 1707
First edition of Wainewright’s study of health and diet. From the time of the Greek texts of the Hippocratic Corpus to the early modern period it was believed that health depended on the careful management of six external factors (hence ‘Non-Natural’, not inherent to the human body): the air one...
WHITEHEAD, Alfred North.
On mathematical concepts of the material world [in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of...
London, Dulau & Co, 1906.
First edition of one of the earliest of Whitehead’s works, the first attempt to tacke the question of the nature of the material world through the symbolism of formal logic.
WHITWORTH, William Allen.
Choice and chance.
Cambridge, Deighton, Bell and Co.; London, Bell and Daldy, 1867.
First edition, scarce especially in good condition, of a key work in the history of probability and statistics. Whitworth’s best-known book, an accessible presentation of problems of probability and associated areas, was derived from a series of lectures delivered before the women of Queen’s College,...
WOOD, John George.
The Principles and Practise of Sketching Landscape Scenery from Nature, systematically arranged and illustrated...
London, printed for the author, 1813 [-1815].
First edition of J. G. Wood’s last and most ambitious drawing book. Wood was a landscape painter speciallising in watercolour and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1793 and 1811. Here his drawing lessons deal with sketching cottage scenery, trees and woods, village streets, and general views incorporating...