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. 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....

    £650

  2. LAWRENCE, Richard.

    The complete Farrier and British Sportsman, containing a systematic Enquiry into the Structure and animal Economy...

    London, W. Clowes for Thomas Kelly, [c. 1816].

    Likely first edition, dedicated ‘to the noblemen and gentlemen of the Quorn Hunt’. Much unlike his earlier scholarly work on veterinary science, Lawrence’s Complete Farrier and British Sportsman is written for gentlemen and noblemen with an interest not in farriery but in fox-hunting,...

    £250

  3. LAWRENCE, Richard.

    The complete Farrier and British Sportsman, containing a systematic Enquiry into the Structure and animal Economy...

    London, W. Clowes for Thomas Kelly, [c. 1823].

    A sporting compendium, dedicated ‘to the noblemen and gentlemen of the Quorn Hunt’. Much unlike his earlier scholarly work on veterinary science, Lawrence’s Complete Farrier and British Sportsman is written for gentlemen and noblemen with an interest not in farriery but in fox-hunting,...

    £180

  4. LEBEAUD.

    Manuel complet du vétérinaire, contenant la connaissance générale des chevaux, la manière de les élever, de les...

    Paris, Crapelet for Roret, 1828.

    Second edition of a French veterinary manual. The text comprises three parts, the first on a horse’s anatomy, training, breeding, selection, and grooming, the second on its diseases and their remedies, and the third on dressage, drawn largely from la Guérinière. First published in 1826, a...

    £95

  5. LE BON, Gustave.

    The psychology of revolution.

    New York, Putnam’s, 1913.

    First edition in English, first published as La Révolution Française et la psychologie des révolutions (1912). Another of Le Bon’s psychological histories, on this occasion the focus is his own patrimoine.

    £125

  6. LEE, Henry.

    [Cover title:] The White Whale …

    London, R. K. Burt & Co. … 1878.

    First edition, an account of the white Beluga whale by Henry Lee of the Royal Aquarium in Brighton, specifically of the first such whale successfully transported to England, exhibited for four days in 1877 before its death from pneumonia; and of four further whales transported the following year....

    £225

  7. LEIGH, William R.

    The Western Pony … Foreword by James L. Clark.

    New York, Huntington Press, 1933.

    First edition of Leigh’s finely printed account of the Western pony. A painter known primarily for his scenes of the American West, William Robinson Leigh (1866-1955) produced several equine paintings, here reproduced in colour by Max Jaffé of Vienna.

    £450

  8. [LONDON ZOO.] HARVEY, William (illustrator).

    The Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society delineated … Quadrupeds,...

    Chiswick, Charles Whittingham, for London, Thomas Tegg and N. Hailes [– John Sharpe], 1830 [– 1831].

    First edition, first issue, of the first record of the menagerie of the Zoological Society. Founded in 1826 with botanical gardens and a zoological collection at Regent’s Park, the Zoological Society of London was soon established as the foremost natural history collection in Europe, receiving...

    £250

  9. MACKENZIE, Colin.

    ‘These are to certify that Mr Richard Drinkwater Surgeon has diligently attended my lectures on the theory...

    [London], 25 October 1757.

    An apparently unrecorded certificate issued by the eminent Scottish man-midwife and physician Colin Mackenzie (1697/8-1775), stating that the surgeon Richard Drinkwater had attended ‘6 courses’ of his lectures on midwifery, and had ‘deliver’d & been present at a number of real labours’.

    £1250

  10. MAGNER, D.

    The new System of Educating Horses, including Instructions on Feeding, Watering, Stabling, Shoeing, etc., with Treatment...

    Philadelphia, Burk & M’Fetridge, 1881.

    Twelfth edition of a well illustrated manual on equestrianism, principally the training of horses. ‘The horse is an animal of high and spirited organization, endowed by his Creator with capabilities and faculties which sufficiently resemble man’s to come under the same general law of education...

    £65

  11. MAGNER, D.

    The Art of Taming and Educating the Horse: A System that makes easy and practical the Subjection of wild and vicious...

    Battle Creek (MI), Review & Herald Publishing House, 1886.

    Second edition of Magner’s much expanded work on horse taming and training. Promoting techniques similar to the Rarey method, the text is closely based on the New System, though with substantially more material and illustration.

    £120

  12. 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 a ‘monster’ worm in his urine, which upon subsequent examination was declared to be a serpent. The Dissertatio begins with a prefatory letter in Italian by...

    £1850

  13. MARKHAM, Gervase.

    Cavalarice, or the English Horseman: Contayning all the Art of Horse-manship, asmuch as is necessary for any...

    London, Edward Allde for Edward White, [1616–] 1617.

    A beautiful copy of the second edition, ‘corrected and augmented’, of Markham’s Cavalarice, exceptionally well-preserved in a contemporary binding, from the library of the antiquary Sir John Marsham.

    £12000

  14. MARKHAM, Gervase.

    Markhams Maister-Peece, containing all Knowledge belonging to the Smith, Farrier, or Horse-Leech, touching the...

    London, John Okes, 1643.

    Sixth edition of the first work on farriery by an Englishman since Blundeville’s translation of Grisone. Published after his Discourse of Horsemanshippe (1593) and Cavelarice (1607), Gervase Markham (1568?-1637) likely wrote Maister-Peece (1610) to satisfy a popular demand...

    £1450

  15. MARKHAM, ‘J.’ [Gervase], G. JEFFERIES, ‘and Discreet INDIANS’, [and John MILLIS (editor)].

    The Citizen and...

    Baltimore, Samuel Sower, 1797.

    First Baltimore (second American) edition, revised from Markham’s works for use in the United States. When first published in colonial-era Delaware, at Wilmington in 1764, the text was the first book on the selection, care, and racing of horse to be printed in America; this second edition is...

    £1250

  16. MARKHAM, ‘J.’ [Gervase], G. JEFFERIES, ‘and Experienced INDIANS’, [and C.D. LESHER (editor)].

    The Citizen...

    Chambersburg, Thomas J. Wright, [c. 1839].

    Undated Chambersburg edition. Among the most popular farriery manuals in America, the Experienced Farrier remained in print almost a century after its first appearance, with this Chambersburg edition following those of Wilmington and Baltimore. Intended, like its predecessors, for the common...

    £250

  17. MATTIOLI, Pietro Andrea, and Francesco CALZOLARI.

    Compendium de plantis omnibus, una cum earum iconibus, de quibus scripsit...

    Venice, Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1571.

    First edition of this scarce digest of Matthioli’s commentaries on Dioscorides’s Materia medica. A heavily illustrated compendium drawn from the author’s earlier Commentarii (Venice, 1554), the Compendium offers a practical enchiridion to medicinal botany, with almost...

    £2250

  18. McWILLIAM, James Ormiston.

    Medical History of the Expedition to the Niger during the Years 1841-2. Comprising an Account of the...

    London: C. Adlard for John Churchill, 1843.

    First edition. A classic treatise on the Niger region and the yellow fever written by the Scottish doctor James Ormiston McWilliam, the hero of a government expedition exploring the region and its commercial opportunities, and explicitly aimed at suppressing the slave trade. When the yellow fever...

    £600

  19. MILES, William J., J.I. LUPTON, and Benjamin HERRING (illustrator).

    Modern practical Farriery: A complete Guide to...

    London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, William MacKenzie, [c. 1870].

    Miles’s comprehensive and generously illustrated treatise on veterinary science. The text first appeared in sixteen monthly parts, issued between 1868 and 1869, before being published in several undated editions in quick succession, accompanied by plates by the sporting artist Benjamin Herring...

    £350

  20. MILES, William J., J.I. LUPTON, and Benjamin HERRING (illustrator).

    Modern practical Farriery: A complete Guide to...

    London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, William MacKenzie, [c. 1870].

    Miles’s comprehensive and generously illustrated treatise on veterinary science. The text first appeared in sixteen monthly parts, issued between 1868 and 1869, before being published in several undated editions in quick succession, accompanied by plates by the sporting artist Benjamin Herring...

    £375