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. BERNOULLI, Daniel.

    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,...

    £1650

  2. 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,...

    £6000

  3. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    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...

    £1500

  4. 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...

    £2750

  5. BOTTO, Giuseppe Domenico.

    Observations microscopiques sur les mouvements des globules végétaux suspendus dans un menstrue.

    [Turin], Imprimerie Royale, [1840].

    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...

    £675

  6. BUNON, Robert.

    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.

    £2750

  7. CASTELLI, Pietro.

    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...

    £350

  8. 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...

    £550

  9. DELABARRE, Antoine François Adolphe.

    A fine sammelband containing seven works on dentistry, among them very early treatises on...

    Paris, 1845-63.

    Antoine François Adolphe Delabarre, the son of the famous dentist and author on dentistry, continued the researches of his father Christophe François on dentition and introduced some new ideas on prosthetics. He was one of the first in Europe to apply ether in dental operations.

    £1950

  10. DOPPLER, Christian.

    Über eine bei jeder Rotation des Fortpflanzungsmittels eintretende eigenthümliche Ablenkung der Licht- und...

    Prag, Borrosch und André, 1844.

    extremely rare first edition of doppler’s treatise on ‘a characteristic deviation of the beams of light and sound which occurs upon any rotation of the transporting medium.’

    £1450

  11. ENGELMANN, Gottfried.

    Lithograph portrait of François Quesnay after a portrait by Pierre Roche Vigneron.

    c. 1830.

    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.

    £350

  12. ESTIENNE, Charles.

    De dissectione partium corporis humani libri tres ... Una cum figuris et incisionum declarationibus, a Stephano...

    Paris, Simon de Colines, 1545.

    an unusually clean, crisp, and unsophisticated copy of the first edition of one of the most magnificent illustrated anatomical works of the 16th century.

    £18000

  13. EYRE, Henry.

    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...

    £750

  14. HIPPOCRATES.

    Opera Omnia [in Greek].

    Venice, Aldine Press, May 1526.

    a superb copy of the first edition in the original greek of the hippocratic corpus.

    £65000

  15. 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).

    £1500

  16. 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...

    £300

  17. [KEENE, Marian].

    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...

    £325

  18. KÖLLIKER, Albert von.

    Handbuch der Gewebelehre des Menschen für Aerzte und Studierende.

    Leipzig, Wilhelm Engelmann, 1852.

    first edition, scarce. ‘A Swiss by birth, Kölliker received his medical education by attending Müller’s lectures in Berlin and studying at Heidelberg where he graduated. After serving as prosector for Henle in Zurich, Kölliker was called to Würzburg where he remained for half a century. A genius,...

    £1600

  19. MACCHIA, Joseph.

    ‘Liber primus de humani corporis anatome. Neapoli ao. dni 1754 sub Thoma Bovi et Pasquali Pricciottani ambo...

    Naples, 1754-1755 (colophon: ‘Anatomiae finis Neapoli die XXIV Aprilis Anno domi 1755’).

    An apparently unpublished manuscript on human anatomy compiled by Joseph Macchia, a medical student in Naples in the mid-18th century. Medicine was evidently in the family, since Joseph refers to his father Constantine being a medical doctor.

    £1250

  20. [MANTUANUS, Baptista].

    [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,...

    £10000