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. STEPHANUS.

    Stephani Atheniensis philosophi explanationes in Galeni priorem librum therapeuticum ad Glauconem, Augustino Gadaldino...

    Venice, Giunta, November 1554.

    First edition of Agostino Gadaldini’s Latin translation of Galen’s medical treatise Ad Glauconem and of Stephanus’ commentary upon it, enhanced with his own scholia. Galen’s Ad Glauconem is a concise introduction to the basics of diagnosis and the treatment of fevers. The work was...

    £1800

  2. 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.

    £850

  3. SWOBODA, Hermann.

    Die Perioden des menschlichen Organismus: in ihrer psychologischen und biologischen Bedeutung. Leipzig, Deuticke,...

    Leipzig, Deuticke, 1904.

    First editions, all rare, the first two being foundational works in the formation of the theory of biorhythm. Swoboda’s early studies on the recurrence or periodicity in phenomena acquired a psychological character and application in his work since his encounter and brief experience of analysis with...

    £550

  4. TADINO, Alessandro.

    Raguaglio dell’origine et giornali successi della gran peste contagiosa, venefica, et malefica seguita nella...

    Milan, per Filippo Ghisolfi ad istanza di Gio. Battista Bidelli, 1648.


    First edition of the most comprehensive firsthand account of the bubonic plague epidemic that ravaged particularly Northern and Central Italy from 1629 until 1632, also called the Great Plague of Milan from the city that suffered the highest number of fatalities (over 60,000 out of a total population...

    £1300

  5. TAPLIN, William.

    The Gentleman’s Stable Directory, or modern System of Farriery, comprehending all the most valuable Prescriptions...

    London, G.G.J. & J. Robinsons and G. Kearsley, [c. 1790].

    ‘Tenth edition, considerably enlarged and carefully corrected’, an annotated copy of one of the best known works on farriery. Though published only two years previously, the Gentleman’s Stable Directory had reached its tenth edition by 1790 and continued to be printed in extraordinary...

    £650

  6. 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...

    £200

  7. 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).

    £800

  8. [VALERIANI MOLINARI, Luigi].

    Del prezzo delle cose tutte mercatabili. Trattato legale-economico ove incidentemente si additano...

    Bologna, Ulisse Ramponi, 1806.

    Scarce 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 and...

    £300

  9. 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...

    £2750

  10. WALLIS, Thomas.

    The Farrier’s and Horseman’s complete Dictionary, containing the Art of Farriery in all its Branches, with...

    London, W. Owen and E. Baker, 1759.

    First edition of Wallis’s scarce dictionary of farriery, with lengthy entries describing ailments and detailing their cures, alongside notes on breaking, training, feeding, surgery, equipment, and riding. The preface contains an important comment on the incipient formalisation of farriery into...

    £750

  11. WALLIS, Thomas.

    The Farrier’s and Horseman’s complete Dictionary, containing the Art of Farriery in all its Branches, with...

    London, J. Beecroft, J. & F. Rivington, W. Owen, T. Lowndes, and G. Robinson, and Southampton, T. Baker, 1775.

    Third edition, from the library of Captain John Tharp of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. Born in Jamaica, John Tharp (1769-1851) served in the Blues, as a cornet from 1792 and a captain from 1799. Evidently interested equestrianism, surviving correspondence from his father complains of his...

    £420

  12. WHITE, Charles.

    Cases in Surgery, with remarks. Part the First [all published]. To which is added, an essay on the ligature of...

    London, W. Johnston, 1770.

    First edition of White’s only general surgical book, containing also John Aikin’s essay on ligature of the arteries. ‘The cases include the first publication in book form of White’s new method of reducing shoulder dislocation, and of his account of the first recorded excision of the head of the...

    £350

  13. 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.

    £1750

  14. WHITE, James.

    A Compendium of the veterinary Art, containing an accurate Description of all the Diseases to which the Horse is...

    London, J. Badcock and Longman & Co., and Canterbury, W. Bristow, [c. 1804].

    Sixth edition. Evidently a successful text, further editions appeared soon after the work’s first publication and would eventually be expanded into four volumes (the present edition is often found accompanied by The materia medica and pharmacopoeia).

    £225

  15. WHITE, James.

    A Compendium of the veterinary Art, containing an accurate Description of all the Diseases to which the Horse is...

    Canterbury, W. Bristow for J. Badcock, London, 1802.

    First edition of one of the first works on ‘the veterinary art’. With the formalisation of the increasingly academic subject of equine medicine and the foundation of the Royal Veterinary College in the late eighteenth century, the term ‘veterinary’ soon supplanted ‘farriery’, first...

    £275

  16. 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,...

    £650

  17. WOOD, John.

    A new compendious Treatise of Farriery, wherein are set forth in a plain, familiar, and natural Manner the Disorders...

    London, Hewett for the author, and sold by J. Brindley, T. Payne, and R. Withy & J. Ryall, 1757.

    First edition of a treatise on farriery by John Wood, formerly groom to the King of Sardinia. The contemporary manuscript notes appear in several hands belonging to members of the Green family of Uppington in Shropshire, though the majority match inscriptions by Barnard and Jane Green. Several...

    £650

  18. XENOPHON, and Sebastian CASTELLIO (editor).

    Opera, quae quidem Gręcè extant, omnia, partim iam olim, partim nūc...

    Basel, Michael Isengrin, 1553.

    Annotated first Castellio edition of Xenophon’s works, with Hipparchicus and De equis alendis. The great surviving works of classical horsemanship, Xenophon’s two treatises proved enormously influential, their principles uncontested until the publication of Grisone’s Ordini...

    £900

  19. YARRELL, William.

    A History of British Fishes … illustrated by nearly 400 Woodcuts. London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst,...

    London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst, 1839.

    First collected editions, with an autograph letter on the Hebridal smelt from the species’ discoverer. Published serially from 1835 to 1836, Yarrell’s History of British Fishes was reprinted within a year, and followed soon after by Thomas Bell’s British Reptiles in 1839 and his own British Birds...

    £750