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. MAPLET, John, and W.H. DAVIES (editor).

    A greene Forest, or a naturall Historie, wherein may bee seene first the...

    London, Hesperides Press, 1930.

    Limited edition, numbered 31 of fifty copies on Millbourne pure rag hand-made paper, signed by Davies.

    £75

  2. MARINIS, Dominico de.

    Dissertatio philosophico-medica de re monstrosa à Capuccino Pisauri per urinam excreta. Plura de sanguinis...

    Rome, typis Iacobi Mascardi ... sumptibus Ben Carrarae, 1678.

    First edition of this scarce dissertation on worms focussing on the extraordinary case of a capuchin preacher from Pesaro who in 1677 passed a ‘monster’ worm in his urine, which upon subsequent examination was declared to be a serpent. The Dissertatio begins with a prefatory letter in Italian by...

    £1850

  3. MARKHAM, Gervase.

    Cavalarice, or the English Horseman: Contayning all the Art of Horse-manship, asmuch as is necessary for any...

    London, Edward Allde for Edward White, [1616–] 1617.

    A beautiful copy of the second edition, ‘corrected and augmented’, of Markham’s Cavalarice, exceptionally well-preserved in a contemporary binding, from the library of the antiquary Sir John Marsham.

    £12000

  4. MARKHAM, ‘J.’ [Gervase], G. JEFFERIES, ‘and Discreet INDIANS’, [and John MILLIS (editor)].

    The Citizen and...

    Baltimore, Samuel Sower, 1797.

    First Baltimore (second American) edition, revised from Markham’s works for use in the United States. When first published in colonial-era Delaware, at Wilmington in 1764, the text was the first book on the selection, care, and racing of horse to be printed in America; this second edition is...

    £1250

  5. MARKHAM, ‘J.’ [Gervase], G. JEFFERIES, ‘and Experienced INDIANS’, [and C.D. LESHER (editor)].

    The Citizen...

    Chambersburg, Thomas J. Wright, [c. 1839].

    Undated Chambersburg edition. Among the most popular farriery manuals in America, the Experienced Farrier remained in print almost a century after its first appearance, with this Chambersburg edition following those of Wilmington and Baltimore. Intended, like its predecessors, for the common...

    £250

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. McWILLIAM, James Ormiston.

    Medical History of the Expedition to the Niger during the Years 1841-2. Comprising an Account of the...

    London: C. Adlard for John Churchill, 1843.

    First edition. A classic treatise on the Niger region and the yellow fever written by the Scottish doctor James Ormiston McWilliam, the hero of a government expedition exploring the region and its commercial opportunities, and explicitly aimed at suppressing the slave trade. When the yellow fever...

    £600

  9. 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

  10. MERULA, Gaudenzio.

    Nuova selva di varia lettione di Gaudentio Merula, divisa in cinque libri; tradotta di Latino in lingua Italiana....

    Venice, Giovanni Andrea Valvassori, 1559.

    First edition in Italian of Merula’s encyclopaedic Memorabilium libri, as censored by the future Pope Sixtus V. Arranged in five books, the delightfully diverse contents cover demons and death; the planets and constellations; the four elements; love; fish, birds, animals and snakes; the...

    £475

  11. MILES, William J., J.I. LUPTON, and Benjamin HERRING (illustrator).

    Modern practical Farriery: A complete Guide to...

    London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, William MacKenzie, [c. 1870].

    Miles’s comprehensive and generously illustrated treatise on veterinary science. The text first appeared in sixteen monthly parts, issued between 1868 and 1869, before being published in several undated editions in quick succession, accompanied by plates by the sporting artist Benjamin Herring...

    £350

  12. MILES, William J., J.I. LUPTON, and Benjamin HERRING (illustrator).

    Modern practical Farriery: A complete Guide to...

    London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, William MacKenzie, [c. 1870].

    Miles’s comprehensive and generously illustrated treatise on veterinary science. The text first appeared in sixteen monthly parts, issued between 1868 and 1869, before being published in several undated editions in quick succession, accompanied by plates by the sporting artist Benjamin Herring...

    £375

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. [NOBBES, Robert.]

    The compleat Troller, or, the Art of Trolling, with a Description of all the Utensils, Instruments, Tackling,...

    London, T. James for Thomas Helder, 1682.

    First edition of ‘the earliest major work devoted to pike fishing’ (ODNB). Nobbes’s anonymous Compleat Troller is the first English book substantially on ‘trolling’, or angling for deep-freshwater fish, especially pike, with live bait or artificial lures. Though ‘trolling’...

    £1450

  17. [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 eighteenth 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...

    £250

  18. 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

  19. 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