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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. WILKINSON, Edward Sheldon.

    Shanghai Birds. A Study of Bird Life in Shanghai and the Surrounding Districts.

    Shanghai: North-China Daily News & Herald Limited, 1929.

    First edition of 'a very useful and well prepared systematic account of local Chinese birds’ (Wood), by E.S. Wilkinson, CBE (1883-1950). Wilkinson was a Chartered Accountant based in Shanghai, and had been employed by the Shanghai Municipal Council Service before becoming a senior partner of...

    £200

  5. 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

  6. WOOD, William.

    Index entomologicus, or a complete illustrated Catalogue, consisting of 1944 Figures, of the lepidopterous...

    London, Richard & John E. Taylor for William Wood, 1839.

    First collected edition, with almost two-thousand hand-coloured butterflies. Initially published in parts between 1833 and 1838, the Index entomologicus is the most substantial entomological publication of the natural historian, doctor, and bookseller William Wood (1774 – 1857), following...

    £475

  7. 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

  8. YARRELL, William.

    A History of British Fishes … illustrated by nearly 400 Woodcuts.

    London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst, 1836.

    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...

    £750