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. MARZAGLIA, Gaetano.

    Fascetto di pratiche matematiche spiegato alle persone popolari per uso del comercio umano, e civile, in questa...

    Verona, Dionisio Ramanzini, 1780.

    A lovely copy of the second edition, considerably augmented from the first of 1754, of this book of applied mathematical problems by the Veronese mathematician Gaetano Marzaglia (1716-1787), heavily influenced by the work of Wolff, who provides the motto to the book, and whose works he edited and expanded....

    £850

  2. MATTIOLI, Pietro Andrea, and Francesco CALZOLARI.

    Compendium de plantis omnibus, una cum earum iconibus, de quibus scripsit...

    Venice, Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1571.

    First edition of this scarce digest of Matthioli’s commentaries on Dioscorides’s Materia medica. A heavily illustrated compendium drawn from the author’s earlier Commentarii (Venice, 1554), the Compendium offers a practical enchiridion to medicinal botany, with almost...

    £2250

  3. 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

  4. MILLS, John.

    The modern System of Farriery, showing the most approved Methods of Breeding, Rearing, and Fitting for Use all Kinds...

    Boston (MA), William Spotswood, 1796.

    First and only separate edition of Mills’s treatise on farriery, pirated in America. Though presented in the prefatory Advertisement as a distinct work, the text is extracted from Mills’s Treatise on Cattle (reprinted by Spotswood in 1795), the first section of which deals with...

    £300

  5. MODIO, Giovanni Battista.

    Il Tevere ... doue si raggiona in generale della natura di tutte le acque, et in particolare di quella...

    Rome, Guglielmo Facciotto for Giovanni Martinelli, 1599

    Rare first editions of two works on the river Tiber and the health implications of the quality of its water and of its regular flooding. A physician and follower of Filippo Neri, Modio (d. 1560) was moved to write Il Tevere by the regular flooding of the Tiber and subsequent sanitary crises...

    £1600

  6. MORTON, John.

    The natural History of Northampton-Shire, with some Account of the Antiquities, to which is annex’d a Transcript...

    London, R. Knaplock and R. Wilkin, 1712.

    First edition of Morton’s systematic natural history of Northamptonshire. Compiled over the course of a decade, Morton’s Natural History provides a careful account of the natural history, minerals, fossils, and geography of the county, accompanied by fourteen large copper-engravings....

    £775

  7. MÜLLER, Johann Baptist.

    Erfahrungssätze über die contagiöse oder ägyptische Augenentzündung. Gesammelt am Krankenbette.

    Mainz, Florian Kupferberg, 1821.

    A fine presentation copy of Müller’s ophthalmological study of a disease then known as the ‘Egyptian eye infection’. A physician and surgeon with the Prussian military, Müller describes his findings in cases of eye infections amongst soldiers sometimes so severe as to result in blindness. He...

    £350

  8. NEWTON, Isaac.

    Opuscula Mathematica, philosophica et philologica. Collegit partimque Latine vertit ac recensuit Joh. Castillioneus...

    Lausanne and Geneva, Bousquet & soc., 1744.

    First edition of Newton’s collected works edited and introduced by the Pisa alumnus Giovanni Salvemini da Castiglione. The edition contained twenty-six works which, while having appeared previously, were not easily accessible, from Newton’s mathematical works and optical lectures, which were greatly...

    £6000

  9. [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

  10. OSBALDISTON, William Augustus.

    The British Sportsman, or Nobleman, Gentleman, and Farmer’s Dictionary of Recreation and Amusement,...

    London, J. Stead for the Proprietor, and sold by Champante & Whitrow and at the British Directory Office, [c. 1792-6].

    First edition, issued in forty-two parts, of one of the first sporting dictionaries. ‘The pleasure and convenience of being well informed in the Recreations and Amusements of a Country Life, are objects of themselves sufficiently interesting, to justify the Author in presenting this Work to...

    £650

  11. PADOVANI, Giovanni.

    Opus de compositione et usu multiformium horologiorum solarium pro diversis mundi regionibus, idq[ue] ubique...

    Venice, Francesco de Franceschi, 1570.

    Scarce first edition of Padovani’s treatise on sundials, providing illustrated instruction on the use of various horizontal and vertical sundials and on calculating latitude, this copy owned and annotated by the author’s friend and collaborator Johannes Andrea de Muscis. A second edition appeared in 1582.

    £3750

  12. 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

  13. PEMBROKE, Henry Herbert, Earl of.

    A Method of Breaking Horses, and Teaching Soldiers to Ride, designed for the Use of the Army.

    London, J. Hughs, 1761.

    First edition of the British army’s manual on the training of cavalry. Though the centre of scandal in his private and political life, as a cavalryman Henry Herbert, tenth earl of Pembroke (1734-1794) was diligent and conscientious in his duties and advanced rapidly in his military career, being...

    £650

  14. 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

  15. [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

  16. POMET, Pierre, LEMERY, and Joseph Pitton de TOURNEFORT.

    A compleat History of Druggs, written in French … to which is...

    London, [William Bowyer for] R. & J. Bonwicke, R. Wilkin, and John Walthoe & Thomas Ward, 1725.

    Second English edition of Pomet’s Histoire générale des drogues. Among the most complete pharmacopoeias of the period, the Compleat History of Druggs is expanded from the work of Pierre Pomet (1658 – 1699), chief druggist to Louis XIV. Copiously illustrated with copper plates,...

    £425

  17. 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

  18. POPE, Alexander.

    An essay on man… with illustrations, and notes, by S. R. Wells.

    New York, Wells, 1867.

    First edition thus: Pope’s Essay on man edited, with many notes, by the phrenologist Samuel Wells. ‘Looked at from a phrenological stand-point, this Poem exhibits rare beauties not seen, or rather not fully appreciated, by other eyes’ (preface). Phrenological thinking was influential in 19th-century...

    £120

  19. [POSTAL HISTORY].

    [Venetian “AQ” letter sheet.]

    [Venice, 1647].

    A completed example of the first prepaid letter sheet.

    £900