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.
Q.D.B.V. Specimen inaugurale de usu medico tabularum baptismalium, matrimonialium et amortualium quod favente...
Basel, J.H. Decker, 1771.
First edition of Daniel Bernoulli’s doctoral thesis, a pioneering text on the medical applications of mathematical and statistical data. Bernoulli (Daniel junior) shows the potential use of demographic data from baptism, marriage and death records in physiology, pathology, semiology, hygiene, dietetics,...
BERRYAT, Jean, et al., editors.
Receuil de Mémoires, ou Collection de Pièces Académiques, concernant la Médicine, l’Anatomie...
Dijon, Auxerre, Paris and Liège, F. Desventes, F. Fournier, et al., 1754-86.
The scarce first collected edition of these scientific papers from all over Europe (lacking only the last five volumes of the Partie Française), including among its contributors such famous names as Huygens, Leeuwenhoek, Hevelius, De La Hire, Mariotte, Réaumur, La Condamine, Haller, Maupertuis, Boyle,...
Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum beneventanum abbatem selestensem defensionum liber.
Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.
First edition of a very rare work of sixteenth-century Lyonnese Neoplatonism, an elegantly-printed de Tournes edition. Ostensibly a simple series of remarks against the theses of the (presumably sternly Scholastic) abbot of Selestan, this is a tract of Renaissance moral philosophy. The theme of...
BORELLI, Giovanni Alfonso.
De motu animalium. Edited by Carlo Giovanni di Gesù.
Rome: Angelo Bernabò, 1680-1681.
First Edition. The mathematician and physicist Borelli (1608-1679) was, ‘after Descartes, [...] the principal founder of the iatrophysical school, one of the two opposing seventeenth-century medical philosophies (the other being the school of iatrochemistry) that grew out of an increasing concern with...
BOTTO, Giuseppe Domenico.
Observations microscopiques sur les mouvements des globules végétaux suspendus dans un menstrue.
[Turin], Imprimerie Royale, .
An extremely rare offprint from the Memorie della Reale Accademia delle Scienze di Torino on Brownian Movement and a contribution to the ‘heated controversy with the best known botanists of the world [started by the] discovery that made [Amici] famous ... that of the fertilization of phanerogams, particularly...
Essay sur les maladies des dents, ou l’on propose les moyens de leur procurer une bonne conformation dès la plus...
Paris, [Joseph Bullot for] Briasson, Chaubert, and De Hansy, 1743.
A fine sammelband of all of Bunon’s separately published writings.
In Hippocratis aphorismos primi libri. Critica doctrina per puncta, et quaestiones ... In qua omnium fere, qui...
Macerata, apud Petrum Salvi, 1648.
First edition of Castelli’s thorough commentary on the first 25 Aphorisms of Hippocrates. Having studied medicine and botany at Rome under Andrea Cesalpino, Castelli (c. 1575-1661) became professor of botany in 1594, holding the post for 40 years. In 1634 he moved to Messina, establishing botanical...
CHOYSELAT, Prudent le.
Discours oeconomique, non moins utile que récréatif, monstrant comme de cinq cens livres pour une foys...
Rouen, Martin le Menestrier 1612 [but ca. 1745].
Early edition of an interesting ‘way to wealth’, in fact a guide to the management of poultry, first published 1569. An English translation was published in 1580 under the title A Discourse of housebandrie, described by Mary Aslin (Rothansted) as ‘the first book on poultry’. Brunet, Quérard...
Lithograph portrait of François Quesnay after a portrait by Pierre Roche Vigneron.
This portrait of Quesnay in a characteristically pensive pose, wearing a wig and fine clothing, reflects his stature and intellectual reputation. The humbly born Quesnay went on to become surgeon to Louis XV and a renowned economist, famous for being the founding father of the Physiocrats.
A Brief Account of the Holt Waters, containing one Hundred and Twelve eminent Cures, perform’d by the Use of the...
London: Printed for J. Roberts … 1731.
First edition. The waters from Bath, Bristol and Holt, in Wiltshire, were the most popular English mineral waters of the eighteenth century, in no small part due to the activity of Henry Eyre, ‘Sworn Purveyor to Her Majesty [Queen Caroline, wife of George II] for all Mineral Waters’. Eyre ran a distribution...
Opera Omnia [in Greek].
Venice, Aldine Press, May 1526.
a superb copy of the first edition in the original greek of the hippocratic corpus.
JEVONS, William Stanley.
The principles of science: a treatise on logic and scientific method.
London, Macmillan and Co., 1874.
First edition of Jevons’ ‘most important contribution to scientific methodology’ (Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, pp. 260).
KEELY, Patrick Cokayne.
SEPSIS Get First Aid. The Ministry of Labour and National Service and produced by the Royal Society for...
London, Loxley Bros., 1943.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) was responsible for the production of safety propaganda material used in those factories and workshops supplying the war effort. It was underwritten by the Ministry of Labour and National Service, which was responsible for military recruitment...
The History of a tame Robin. Supposed to be written by Himself.
London: Printed for Darton, Harvey, and Darton … 1817.
First and only edition. The tame Robin recalls a life of adventure enriched by human and avian friendships. A childhood spent in a school-room helped him attain ‘a sufficient knowledge of literature to relate my adventures’. His life, though happy, is not without its vicissitudes: he loses a close...
[MANTUANUS, Baptista]. De patientia aurei libri tres. [bound with:]
CAPREOLUS, Helias. De confirmatione...
Brescia, Bernardinus de Misintis, 30 May 1497.
First edition of Mantuanus’s work containing -on recto of m3- a lengthy reference to America, one of the very few 15th century instances: a ‘mention of discoveries of islands in the Atlantic, noting their size and the fact that they are inhabited. Because none of the ancient geographers knew of them,...
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 an enormous worm in his urine, which upon subsequent examination was declared to be a serpent. The Dissertatio begins with a prefatory letter in Italian by Alessandro...
MARSHAK, Samuil and Evgney Charushin.
Les Poupons du Jardin d’Acclimatation [‘Cubs in cages’].
Moscow, Iskra Revolutsii, 1954.
Handsome edition of this enduringly popular classic of children’s literature (first, 1935), a charming pairing of Marshak’s popular verses on young animals at the zoo, newly translated into French by Alice Orane, with striking illustrations by Evgeny Charushin, leading children’s animal artist...
‘Trattato pratico delli morbi delle donne’, ‘Unico trattato della lue venerea’, and ‘Del anteprattica...
Italy, c. 1750.
A significant manuscript compendium containing three apparently unpublished medical treatises on women’s and children’s health, sexually transmitted diseases, and general medicine including pharmacology, compiled in mid-18th-century Italy by a family of physicians by the name of Perugini, and including...
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...
Apparatus medicaminum ad usum nosocomii Ticinensis anno MDCCXC.
Pavia, Joseph Bolzani, .
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,...