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. FISHER, George.

    The instructor: or, young man’s best companion…to which is added the family’s best companion…

    London, for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, [not before 1735].

    Second edition, (first, 1727). ‘Volumes entitled The Young Man’s companion exist in many versions and go back to the 1680s when William Mather produced the first of them. They are compendiums of useful information, intended for self-improvement. They concentrate on English, Mathematics, including...

    £850

  2. FLUDD, Robert.

    Philosophia Moysaica. In qua sapientia & scientia creationis & creaturarum Sacra veréque Christiana (ut pote cujus...

    Gouda, Petrus Rammazenius, 1638.

    A very good copy in contemporary vellum of the first edition of Fludd’s Moysaical Philosophy.

    £8500

  3. [FREEMASONS.]

    By-Laws of Lodge “Industry and Perseverance,” No. 190.

    Calcutta, T. Black & Co., 1879

    Seven apparently unrecorded pamphlets documenting the meetings and by-laws of freemasons in the 1870s, two with substantial annotations. Covering every year from 1874 to 1879, the works relate to gatherings of lodges within the Grand Lodge of England, both ‘Great Priory’ meetings in London...

    £550

  4. FROST, Percival.

    Newton’s Principia, First Book, Sections I., II., III., with notes and illustrations.

    London, Macmillan, 1880

    Second imprint of the third edition. This book, first published in Cambridge in 1854, was intended and used as a text for university students. The author was formerly fellow of St. John’s College.

    £75

  5. GALILEI, Galileo.

    (Giovanni Battista VENTURI, editor). Memorie e lettere inedite finora o disperse di Galileo Galilei, ordinate...

    Modena, G. Vincenzi e compania, 1818 [– 1821].

    First edition, on large paper, of the unpublished letters of Galileo. Assembled by the physicist and science historian Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746–1822), the Memorie e lettere publish those manuscripts which had been omitted from the 1744 Padua edition of Galileo’s works, including the first...

    £1250

  6. GIBSON, William.

    The true Method of Dieting Horses, containing many curious and useful Observations concerning their Marks, Colour...

    London, John Osborn and Thomas Longman, 1726.

    Second edition of a text devoted solely to the diet of horses, dedicated to Colonel Charles Churchill, under whom Gibson had served until 1720. The text is prefaced by a letter to the author from William Hope, translator of de Solleysel, complimenting the author in the highest of terms: ‘If...

    £320

  7. GIBSON, William, and William GIBSON (editor).

    Mr. Gibson’s short practical Method of Cure for Horses, extracted...

    London, A. Millar, 1755.

    First abridged edition of Gibson’s New Treatise, published by his son and assistant of the same name, who had taken over the father’s practice upon his death in 1750. Concluding the preface to his New Treatise, written some four days before his death, William Gibson the elder...

    £350

  8. GRANDI, Guido.

    Instituzioni delle sezioni coniche … con l’aggiunta in fine d’altre dimostrazioni.

    Venice, Gio. Battista Recurti, 1746.

    Uncommon third edition with numerous marginal annotations to the first part, of Guido Grandi’s important study of conic sections, first published in 1722.

    £400

  9. [GRANT, Charles, Vicomte de Vaux.]

    Recueil d’Essais, ou précis des opinions, et des mémoires, du Vte de *** …

    A Londres: De l’Imprimerie de T. Spilsbury & Fils. 1793.

    An interesting tract volume, containing the scarce collected thoughts of Charles Grant, vicomte de Vaux (a subscriber’s copy), a fine illustrated guide to Nîmes and the Pont du Gard, and three pamphlets relating to a controversy in the medical faculty in Edinburgh.

    £1500

  10. GRIFFITHS, William, and Henry BUNBURY (illustrator).

    A practical Treatise on Farriery, deduced from the Experience...

    Wrexham, R. Marsh, [1784].

    First edition of this informative treatise by the groom to the Williams Wynn family, from the library of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s political ally, William Mostyn Owen. A farrier to the Williams Wynns of Wynnstay since at least the 1740s, Griffiths dedicates the work to his second master from...

    £1100

  11. GRISONE, Federico.

    Ordini di cavalcare, et modi di conoscere le nature de’ cavalli, di emendare i lor vitii, & d’ammaestrargli...

    Venice, Andrea Muschio, 1590.

    Later edition of Grisone’s Ordini, with the third edition of his text on veterinary medicine and the famous image of a horse and its diseases. Though a riding master and horse-trainer, Grisone’s treatise on equitation was augmented from 1571 by a veterinary text, discussing diseases...

    £1200

  12. [GUARINI, Giambattista Lascaris].

    Ragionamenti filosofici.

    Rome, Gioacchino Puccinelli, 1785 [-6].

    Only edition, very uncommon, of this collection of 33 essays on scientific and philosophical subjects, published with the aspiration to provide a complete course of physics and philosophy. The work is divided into four parts. The first deals with materialism and idealism, the physical attributes of bodies,...

    £1500

  13. HARRIS, Moses.

    An Exposition of English Insects, including the several Classes of Neuroptera, Hymenoptera, & Diptera, or Bees,...

    London, White and Robson, 1782.

    Second edition of Harris’s ‘principal scientific work’ (ODNB), incorporating his important treatise establishing the classification of insects by wing venation. ‘I have kept so far as this method was agreeable to, and did not interfere with the plan, which I have adopted, of a strict adherence...

    £950

  14. HARVEY, William.

    Opera Omnia: a Collegio Medicorum Londinensi edita.

    [colophon: London, William Bowyer], 1766.

    The most celebrated and accurate edition of the collected works in Latin of William Harvey (the second overall, the first printed in Leyden in 1737), printed by the Royal College of Physicians and from the library of one of its licentiates, born in South Carolina.

    £1600

  15. HENNEQUIN, Pierre.

    Nouveau cours de rhétorique, à l’usage de la jeunesse des deux sexes; dédié à sa Majesté l’Impératrice...

    Moscow, Auguste Semen, 1818.

    Only edition, very uncommon, of this guide to rhetoric by the Moscow-based French grammarian Pierre Hennequin (1772–1849), explicitly designed for both sexes and dedicated to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759–1828).

    £1250

  16. HERSCHEL, John F.W.

    On the Development of exponential Functions, together with several new Theorems relating to finite Differences...

    London, W. Bulmer & Co., 1816.

    Presentation copy of one of Herschel’s earliest papers, an offprint from the Philosophical Transactions inscribed by the author to Silvestre Lacroix. Though the majority of his scientific celebrity was founded on his later work in astronomy, John Herschel’s (1792–1871) early promotion...

    £975

  17. HILL, John.

    The Family Herbal, or an Account of all those English Plants, which are remarkable for their Virtues, and of the Drugs...

    Bungay, C. Brightly & Co, and for T. Kinnersley, 1812.

    Suffolk imprint of Hill’s Family Herbal, with a new suite of hand-coloured plates. First published in 1754 with but eight plates, the text is here much revised and accompanied by fifty-four hand-coloured plates by the celebrated engraver W.H.C. Edwards.

    £275

  18. HILL, John.

    The useful Family Herbal, or an Account of all those English Plants, which are remarkable for their Virtues, and of...

    London, W. Johnston and W. Owen, 1755.

    Second edition, published the year after the first, with contemporary annotations. Apothecary, actor, and prolific writer, John Hill (1714 – 1775) published his Useful Family Herbal in 1754, an otherwise ‘unaccountably unproductive year’ (ODNB). Through a long and varied career he...

    £550

  19. HURRY, Thomas.

    Tables of interest, from one pound to five hundred millions, for one day; by which the interest for any sum of money...

    One of two editions published in 1786, the other one undated, ESTC does not give any precedence. Tables for calculating interest at a quarter, half, three-quarters, three, four, and five percent; intended as a quick reference for bankers and merchants. Hurry precedes his tables with four pages of example...

    £350

  20. JANSSEN, Pierre Jules César.

    A Collection of 58 Offprints.

    Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1874-95

    an outstanding collection of offprints of janssen’s important work in physical astronomy and spectroscopy, including the first description of his photographic revolver.

    £11000