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.
Le cheval & le chien.
Brussels, widow Parent & Son, and Paris, Charles Tanera, 1865.
Very rare French treatise on horses and dogs. The majority of the work is devoted to horses, discussing their breeds, diseases, training, and racing, with a chapter on the Rarey method.
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...
Die Zukunft einer Illusion.
Leipzig/Vienna/Zürich, Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag, 1927.
First edition, in the first issue of 5000 copies, of Freud’s work on the origins and future development of religion (the ‘illusion’ of the title), centred on the notion of religion as, in one form or another, wish-fulfilment and the longing for a paternal figure as a response to a realisation...
GARSAULT, François-Alexandre de.
Le nouveau parfait maréchal, ou la connoissance générale et universelle du cheval, divisé...
Paris, Moreau for Hochereau, 1770.
Fourth edition of one of the most popular French horsemanship manuals. First published in 1741 as a successor to Solleysel’s famous Parfait maréchal and reprinted in at least sixteen editions over the following century, Le nouveau parfait maréchal ‘is considered to be the best...
The true Method of Dieting Horses, containing many curious and useful Observations concerning their Marks, Colour...
London, John Osborn and Thomas Longman, 1726.
Second edition of a text devoted solely to the diet of horses, dedicated to Colonel Charles Churchill, under whom Gibson had served until 1720. The text is prefaced by a letter to the author from William Hope, translator of de Solleysel, complimenting the author in the highest of terms: ‘If...
GIBSON, William, and William GIBSON (editor).
Mr. Gibson’s short practical Method of Cure for Horses, extracted...
London, A. Millar, 1755.
First abridged edition of Gibson’s New Treatise, published by his son and assistant of the same name, who had taken over the father’s practice upon his death in 1750. Concluding the preface to his New Treatise, written some four days before his death, William Gibson the elder...
[GRANT, Charles, Vicomte de Vaux.]
Recueil d’Essais, ou précis des opinions, et des mémoires, du Vte de *** …
A Londres: De l’Imprimerie de T. Spilsbury & Fils. 1793.
An interesting tract volume, containing the scarce collected thoughts of Charles Grant, vicomte de Vaux (a subscriber’s copy), a fine illustrated guide to Nîmes and the Pont du Gard, and three pamphlets relating to a controversy in the medical faculty in Edinburgh.
GRIFFITHS, William, and Henry BUNBURY (illustrator).
A practical Treatise on Farriery, deduced from the Experience...
Wrexham, R. Marsh, .
First edition of this informative treatise by the groom to the Williams Wynn family, from the library of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s political ally, William Mostyn Owen. A farrier to the Williams Wynns of Wynnstay since at least the 1740s, Griffiths dedicates the work to his second master from...
Ordini di cavalcare, et modi di conoscere le nature de’ cavalli, di emendare i lor vitii, & d’ammaestrargli...
Venice, Andrea Muschio, 1590.
Later edition of Grisone’s Ordini, with the third edition of his text on veterinary medicine and the famous image of a horse and its diseases. Though a riding master and horse-trainer, Grisone’s treatise on equitation was augmented from 1571 by a veterinary text, discussing diseases...
[GROUX, Charles Jacques (engraver).]
Planches relatives a l’instruction concernant l’exercice et les manoeuvres des...
Paris, Magimel, ‘An X’ .
Second edition, expanded, of a set of French Revolutionary plates for the instruction of the cavalry. Comprising over one hundred and fifty copper-engraved plates showing cavalry horses, equipment, and manoeuvres, the present work follows a smaller publication by Magimel of the same title, issued...
GUILLET de Saint-Georges, Georges.
The Gentleman’s Dictionary, in three Parts, viz.: I. the Art of Riding the great Horse, containing...
London, H. Bonwicke, T. Goodwin, M. Wotton, B. Tooke, and S. Manship, 1705.
First edition in English of Les arts de l’homme d’epée, an encyclopedic manual in three distinct alphabets for the instruction of those who are ‘bred to the sword’. The English version, of which this is the sole edition, is no ‘bare translation’ but has been revised ‘by Persons...
General George Hanger to all Sportsmen, Farmers, and Gamekeepers: Above thirty Years’ Practice in Horses and...
London, Vigurs for J.J. Stockdale, .
Second edition, the first with the etched frontispiece, of Hanger’s best known work. The almost reputable product of a controversial career, the text was written by George Hanger (1751–1824), fourth Baron Coleraine, a ‘macaroni’ and ‘one of the dissipated companions of the prince of...
Opera Omnia: a Collegio Medicorum Londinensi edita.
[(Colophon:) London, William Bowyer], 1766.
The most celebrated and accurate edition of the collected works in Latin of William Harvey (the second overall, the first printed in Leyden in 1737), printed by the Royal College of Physicians and from the library of one of its licentiates, born in South Carolina.
The Horseman: A Work on Horsemanship, containing plain practical Rules for Riding, and Hints to the Reader on...
New York, R. Craighead for Henry G. Langley, 1844.
First edition of a rare military manual on horsemanship, with instructions on riding and illustrated cavalry exercises. An instructor at the United States Military Academy, Hershberger ‘endeavored to convey practical information on all equestrian exercises by an easy and progressive method’.
[JOCKEY CLUB.] HERVEY, John.
Racing in America, 1922-1936, written for the Jockey Club.
New York, Scribner Press for the Jockey Club, 1937.
First edition of the first volume to be written by Hervey, bringing the history begun by W.S. Vosburgh up to the time of publication. ‘In the previous volume [Racing in America, 1866-1921] the theme was exclusively racing, and breeding was only incidentally interwoven throughout the narrative....
[JOCKEY CLUB.] HERVEY, John.
Racing in America, 1665-1865 … written for the Jockey Club.
New York, Scribner Press for the Jockey Club, 1944.
First edition, limited, numbered 323 of 800 copies. The first volume of the Jockey Club’s monumental history of racing in America, covering earliest period of American racing, from the foundation of the first track on Long Island until the end of the Civil War, some two centuries later.
[JOCKEY CLUB.] KELLEY, Robert F.
Racing in America, 1937-1959, written for the Jockey Club.
New York, North River Press for the Jockey Club, 1960.
First edition, limited, numbered 474 of 1000 copies. A continuation of the chronicles of American racing, the present volume is the first to adopt the form of annals. ‘This addition to The Jockey Club’s volumes of Racing in America is different in format than any of its predecessors....
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...
Zoologia medicinalis hibernica, or a Treatise of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Reptiles, or Insects, which are commonly known...
Dublin, S. Powell for the author and sold by James Kelburn, 1739.
First edition of a scarce text on the zoology of Ireland, with an index of Irish names. An early work on Irish zoology, the Zoologia was published by John Keogh (junior, 1680/1 – 1754) shortly after his Botanologia universalis Hibernica, or, a general Irish Herbal (1735)....
The Elephant, principally viewed in Relation to Man: A new Edition, revised by the Author.
London, William Clowes & Sons for Charles Knight & Co., 1844.
First editions of treatises on the elephant and the horse, from Charles Knight’s Library of Entertaining Knowledge. The equine text gives accounts of horses and related species in several cultures and climes, and, with The Elephant, forms two works from a series of three, on ‘the three...