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. 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

  2. [WARING, Sarah.]

    The Minstrelsy of the Woods, or Sketches and Songs connected with the natural History of some of the most interesting...

    London, Joseph Rickerby for Harvey & Darton, 1832.

    First edition, inscribed by the author, of a charming ornithology with exquisite hand-coloured lithographic illustrations.

    £200

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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