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. MUNDY [MUNDAY], Henry.

    Novum physicae hodiernae lumen quo mira jucundaque de aere vitali esculentis, potulentis ac de parergis...

    Leipzig, Typis Nisianis apud Johannem Justum, 1685.

    Second edition of a rare work on chemistry, health, and food. There were several editions: first published 1680 in Oxford under the title ((((((((((((((; again in the same year as our edition as Opera omnia medico-physica, which mentions tea, coffee, chocolate, and tobacco in the title, and finally,...

    £1000

  2. NORDMARK, Zacharias, Praes.

    Dissertationem, de respiratione in Montibus altissimis. Pro gradu publicae censurae subjicit Petrus...

    Upsala, J.F. Erdman, 1797.

    Very rare dissertation on respiration at high altitude, an early treatment of the subject. In this interesting treatise the author discusses changes in atmospheric pressure at different altitudes, scarcity of air and its inelasticity caused by low temperatures, the effects on the respiratory system,...

    £350

  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.] [NEOTECHNUS, Henricus, editor.]

    Deus, qui transfert & stabilit regna. VI. Prognostica von Vernenderung und zufälligem...

    [n.p., 1620.]

    A very rare edition of this collection of prognostications, edited by the Naumburg physician Henricus Neotechnus. The fourth, and most extensive Prognosticon in the collection, is by Paracelsus, published, with slight alterations, after the one printed by Huser in his Works edition of 1589.

    £850

  5. 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

  6. PARKER, Thomas Netherton.

    Leaves out of the book of a country gentleman.

    Oswestry, printed and sold by W. Price …, 1847

    First and only edition of this very rare privately published compilation by Parker of his mostly unpublished farm and estate experiments and inventions. This copy with bold mss. presentation by Parker on the front cover: ‘The Earl of Powis, From the Author’. The title-page informs that ‘A hundred...

    £1950

  7. PICCOLOMINI, Alessandro.

    Della sfera del mondo ... divisa in libri quattro ... Delle stelle fisse, libro uno con le sue figure,...

    Venice, Nicolo de Bascarini, 1552.

    A collected edition, using the same woodcuts, of two companion works which had earlier appeared independently in 1540. Both are in the vernacular, by which Piccolomini sought to extend scientific knowledge beyond the university confines. The first is his treatise on the sphere of the universe; the second...

    £2500

  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. PORTA, Giovanni Battista della.

    De occultis literarum notis seu artis animi sensa occulte aliis significandi, aut ab aliis significata...

    Montbéliard, Jaques Foillet for Lazarus Zetzner, 1593.

    Third edition (the second authorised), revised by the author, complete with appendix, index, and three volvelles, as yet unassembled, on one sheet. this edition includes at the end ‘cryptology’s first set of synoptic tables. These showed in graphic form the path the cryptanalyst must follow in his...

    £2500

  12. [POSTAL HISTORY].

    [Venetian “AQ” letter sheet.]

    [Venice, 1647].

    A completed example of the first prepaid letter sheet.

    £1400

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. RAMESEY, William.

    Ελμινθολογια [Helminthologia]. Or, some physical considerations of the matter, origination, and several...

    London, George Sawbridge, 1668.

    First edition. Notwithstanding a moment of scientific clarity with the instruction to view the blood of ill people under a microscope in order to see ‘the vermine’ that lie within, this unique treatise anecdotally discusses the causes and effects of worms, the product of ‘putrid, vitious and gross,...

    £250

  16. RAUCH, François Antoine.

    Harmonie hydro-végétale et météorologique, ou recherches sur les moyens de recréer avec nos fôrets...

    Paris, Levrault, 1802.

    the scarce first edition of one of the first books to develop ecological ideas, Rauch’s greatest achievement.

    £2700

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. RESCH, Johann Ulrich.

    Osiandrische Experiment von Sole, Luna & Mercurio.

    Nuremberg, heirs of Johann Andreas and Wolffgang Endter the younger, 1659.

    Very rare first edition of Resch’s account of Osiander’s alchemical experiments.

    £1800

  20. RHENANUS, Johann.

    Solis e puteo emergentis: sive dissertationis chymiotechnicae libri tres. In quibus totius operationis chymicae...

    Frankfurt, Anton Hummius, 1613-15.

    first edition of Rhenanus’ influential work, dedicated to Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse. The first book comprises a treatise on ‘the truth of chemistry’, and a thorough introduction in 168 theses to chemico-technical theory, with descriptions of chemical operations, and illustrations of chemical apparatus....

    £3000