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.
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...
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...
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’.
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...
Fortalitium scientiae, das ist: die unfehlbare, volkommeliche, unerschätzliche Kunst aller Künsten und Magnalien,...
First edition of this tract on Rosicrucianism which purports to have been written by Hugo de Alverda, and imaginary and very old Rosicrucian character.
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...
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...
La theorie et la pratique des nombres. Methodiquement proposes dans l’usage des financiers.
Paris, [Jean Bessin] for the author, 1644.
First edition. A rare practical mercantile arithmetic handbook for financiers and tax farmers. The work, beginning with the mathematical ‘alphabet’ of 10 numbers, covers basic arithmetic, as well as more complicated quadratic roots, rules, discounts, change and exchange, all illustrated with numerous...
Histoire des philosophes modernes, avec leurs portraits gravé dans le gout du crayon, d’après les desseins...
Paris, Brunet, François, la veuve François, 1760-1773.
A very appealing copy in a contemporary armorial binding of the magnificently illustrated quarto edition of this collection of biographies of ‘modern’ scientists and philosophers by the French writer, philosopher and mathematician Savérien (1720-1805).
[SCHLOSSER, Johann Albert]. BODDAERT, Pieter.
Epistola ad virum celeberrimum Johannem Burmannum … De Chaetodonte Argo descripto...
Amsterdam, apud Cornelium van Tongerlo, 1770
First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of this Indo-West Pacific fish species found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on this particular fish species. Boddaert substantially redescribes and for the first time illustrates the species. In his description...
[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...