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Catalog der astronomischen Gesellschaft. 1. Abt., 1. - 15. Stück u. 2. Abt., 1. - 4. Stück.

ARGELANDER, Friedrich Wilhelm August
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Book Description: Astronomischen Gesellschaft, Leipzig, 1890. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Published 1890-1910. 9 Volumes set. Half cloth with red morocco lables. Fundamentalkatalog. - Die endgültige Fassung der "Bonner Durchmusterung", exakte Auflistung mit Standorten aller Sterne der Zonen -2° bis -18° und +1° bis +80°. - Die Messungen beruhen auf Beobachtungen der wichtigsten Sternwarten der Welt (Nicolajew, Straßburg, Wien, Berlin, Cambridge, Albany u. a.) u. wurden von einem internationalen Expertenteam vorgenommen (L. de Ball, L. Boss, H. Bruns, B. Peters u. a.). - Teilw. gering fleckig. - Stempel auf Vorsatzbll. Bookseller Inventory # 001501

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Book Description: Chez Gabriel Regnault, Avignon, 1775. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo. (201x128 mm). [4], xxiv, 543, [5] pp., half title, 10 engraved plates (i.e. 9, one bound as 2), later half calf (worn, gilt label and shelf mark to spine, joints cracked, spine ends chipped), blind stamp to title and first 2 leaves, old bookplate of Wican library to inner front cover, faint file stamp to title verso, text clean and unfoxed. Good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 001775

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Historiarum, et observationum medicophysicarum, centuriae IV

BOREL, Pierre / CATTIER, Isaac
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Book Description: Jean Billaine and Veuve Mathunin Dupuis, Paris, 1656. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Historiarum, et observationum medicophysicarum, centuriae IV. ¿ [bound with] CATTIER, Isaac. Observationes medicinales rarae. ¿ [bound with] BOREL, Pierre. Vitae Renati Cartesii. Paris: Jean Billaine and Veuve Mathunin Dupuis, 1656. 8vo (179x104 mm), [16], 384, 77, [7], 60 pp., 1 woodcut illustration in text titled «Figura materiae lapideae crassae meningi adnatae in mulieri». Contemporary vellum (soiled), internally little browned (some pages stronger), occasional spotting and coal dust soiling. ---- D.S.B., II, pp. 305-06; Garrison- Morton 260 (1653 first edition); NLM/Krivatsy 1571; Wellcome II, p. 204; Norman 269; Honeyman 395. Second edition of the first work to apply microscopy to medicine and almost as rare as the first edition, which was published in 1653; this edition also contains a work by the French physician Isaac Cattier, entitled observationes medicae rariores (first published 1653) and Borel¿s life of Descartes. "Borel probably saw the blood corpuscles and Sarcoptes scabiei."-Garrison-Morton 260. The use of the microscope in medicine revealed another world for physicians and scientists. There are also a number of dental and ophthalmological observations. Borel (1620-1671), was born at Castres, studied medicine at Montpellier, and began his practice at Castres in 1641. In 1653 he went to Paris and about 1654 was appointed physician to the king. During his whole life he ardently pursued the study of natural history, chemistry, optics, astronomy, antiquities, philology, and bibliography. Among his other works are the first bibliography of chemistry (1654) and the first history of the telescope (1655). Besides practicing medicine, Borel collected rarities, plants, antiquities, and minerals from the town itself and countryside surrounding Castres". Bookseller Inventory # 001744

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Book Description: F. Beck, Vienna, 1833. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Original printed wrappers, soiled; spine shipped; interior browned and foxed. First Edition, very rare. Littrow was astronomer and director of the Vienna Observatory. This copy is one of his few mathematical works which was intended to serve as supporting material to students for his lectures on pure mathematics. Da Littrow auch Vorlesungen über reine Mathematik zu halten hatte, verfaßte er für seine Lehrzwecke mehrere von pädagogischem Tacte zeugende Unterrichtsbücher, von denen die "Analytische Geometrie" (1823), die "Elemente der Algebra und Geometrie" (1827) und die "Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung" (1833) besonders hervorheben sind (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 001520

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Opuscula medica inaudita.

HELMONT, Johan Baptist von
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Book Description: Kalcoven, (i.e. Amsterdam, Elzevier), Cologne, 1644. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 16mo. 3 parts in 1 Vol. (4) 230, (1) 219, (20), (1) 180, (2) pp. Contemporary vellum, slightly soiled and foxed. All three parts with section title leaf. First Elzevier Edition - Krivatsy 5441 - Parkinson-Lumb 1177 - Osler 2931 - Wellcome III, 241 - Willems 1009 - Goldsmid II, 78 - Contains the following 4 papers: De Lithiasi (first print), De febribus/de humoribus Galeni (second print), De peste (first print). Bookseller Inventory # 101522

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Book Description: Imprimerie Royale, Paris, 1787. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (269x210 mm), 15, [1] pp. Modern half brown morocco (slightly rubbed), spine gilt, very minor foxing. A fine wide-margined copy. ---- Duveen-K. 701; see Norman 1289. - FIRST EDITION. Lavoisier was a member of an Academie comittee appointed to report on the terrible and insanitary conditions in Paris hospitals, and particularly the Hotel-Dieu, with a view to replacing it with a new building on the Isle des Cygnes. The committee concluded, that four smaller hospitals would be more efficient than a single large one, and in 1787, Louis XVI ordered their construction. This is the rare second report from the king's private press, signed by Lassone, Dabenton, Tillet, Bailly, Lavoisier, Laplace and d'Arcet. The second report of the commission, dealing with the recommendations for sites on which the projected four new hospitals should be built, was promptly published by the Imprimerie Royale before it appeared in the 'Hist. Acad. R. Sci. for 1786 (1788). Bookseller Inventory # 001835

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Book Description: J.B. Coignard jr. for Compagnie des Libraires, Paris, 1729. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Contemporary sheep (rubbed, spine wormed, chipped at head & tail), gilt spine, [10]-333-[1] pp. (usual browning and spotting, wormtrack in 1st quires touching some letters). Good large paper copy. Very rare reprint (1st ed. Paris 1695) of a treatise on mechanics by La Hire (1640-1718). Woodcut illustrations and diagrams in text. Not in BL London, BN Paris - "Although passed over by the majority if the historians of mechanics, this work marks a significant step toward the elaboration of a modern manual of practical mechanics, suitable for engineers of various disciplines. On the theoretical plane, La Hire's treatise was already out of date at the time of its appearance because it ignored Newton's laws of dynamics. on the other hand. he furnished useful descriptions and put forth the suggestion following Desargues, of adopting an epicycloidal for gear wheels" (DSB). Bookseller Inventory # 101563

Book Description: A. Lambin for E. Michallet, Paris, 1691. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Contemp. sheep (rubbed, joints repaired), [10]-672-[70] pp. (some minor spotting, blank lower corner of Gggg4 repaired). Good copy. Conlon Prélude, 5365. Houzeau/Lancaster 9334. BN Paris (3). Not in Goldsmith (BL London). Cp. Matagne (Namur) O-135 (Amsterdam repr.). Bibl. Dt. Mus., Libri rari 208; Roller-G. II, 269; Cantor III, 270; DSB X, 264. - 1st edition of one of the major works of the French mathematician Ozanam (1640-1717). Illustrated (complete) with 24 fold. plates and with numerous woodcuts and diagrams. The dictionary is divided into sections dealing with subjects such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, cosmography, astronomy, navigation, optics, perspective, mechanics, hydrostatics. With long chapters on architecture (pp. 551-584), fortification (pp. 585-630) and music (pp. 640-672). Bookseller Inventory # 101519

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Traité de météorologie

COTTE, Louis
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Book Description: Imprimerie Royale, Paris, 1774. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (254x193 mm), xxxvi, 635 [1] pp., 14 engraved plates, one folding, by C. & E. Haussard, Contemporary half leather, red morocco label to spine, spine and label decorated in gilt, corners bumped. Occasional browning and foxing to text. Very good copy in beautiful binding - DSB III, 435-36; Wolf, 18th Century, pp. 277-80. First Edition. Cotte was the founder of modern meteorology, having published this first comprehensive treatise on the science. His Traite on his own observations and methods stimulated international interest, and a wide scientific correspondence followed. Franklin's theories on various atmospheric phenomena as well as those of other contemporary scientists are presented at length. The description of new instruments and methods is an important part of the work and is well illustrated by the numerous tables and plates of rain gauges, anemometers, thermometers, hygrometers, barometers, a barometrograph, and a lightning rod. Bookseller Inventory # 001629

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Essai de Statique Chimique.

BERTHOLLET, Claude-Louis
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Book Description: Didot, Paris, 1803. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (203x123 mm). 2 volumes, viii, 543 pp.; 555 [1] pp., including half titles. Old library stamps to half titles. Contemporary half leather over marbled boards, spine gilt (hinges repaired), some browning and spotting to pages, marbled endpapers. ---- Norman 221 - FIRST EDITION. Trained as a physician, the French chemist Berthollet attempted to provide a proper basis for chemistry, so that its experimental results could be viewed in the light of theoretical first principles. In his attempt to provide chemistry with an adequate theoretical foundation, Berthollet recognized the importance of the theory of affinity. According to the Essai, there were two main types of force in nature: gravitation, which accounted for astronomical phenomena, and chemical affinity. He proved that Chemical affinity was relative, varying with the physical conditions accompanying a chemical experiment: quantity, temperature, solubility, pressure, and physical state. Berthollet 'introduced the highly important concept of 'chemical mass'-relative affinity combined with the mass of reactants in a chemical combination-to give the total force with which a given quantity of a substance reacted with another' (Norman). Bookseller Inventory # 001897

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A group of six papers and journal extracts by James Prescott Joule.

JOULE, James Prescott
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Book Description: Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 1. On the Changes of Temperature Produced by the Rarefaction and Condensation of Air. From: Philosophical Magazine, Series 3, Vol. 26, May 1845, pp. 369-383. ---- 2. [SEGUIN, M.] Note à l'appui de l'opinion émise par M. Joule, sur l'identité du mouvement et du calorique. In: Comptes Rendus, vol. 25, 1847, pp. 420-422. New wrappers. ---- 3. Expériences sur l'identité entre le calorique et la force mécanique. Détermination de l'equivalent par la chaleur dégagée pendant la friction du mercure. In: Comptes Rendus, vol. 25, 1847, pp. 309-311. ---- 4. Sur l'equivalent méchanique du calorique. In: Comptes Rendus, vol. 28, 1849, pp. 132-135. New wrappers. ---- 5. Some remarks on Heat, and the Constitution of Elastic Fluids. From: Philosophical Magazine, Series 4, Vol. 14, 1857, pp. 211-216. ---- 6. On an improved Galvanometer. In: Philosophical Magazine, Series 4, Vol. 15, 1858, pp. 432-432. Bookseller Inventory # 001907

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Book Description: Frères Perisse, Lyon, 1770. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. viii, 363, [1] pp. Contemp. marbled calf, gilt sides, gilt ornamental spine on 5 raised bands (minor defect at head), red leather title label, marbled edges, somewhat browning and spotting, small tear to p. 9. Nice copy. ---- Hirsch/H. IV, 167; Wellcome IV, 414; Blake 301. - Rare first edition of this work by Menuret de Chambaud (1733-1815), physician with broad clinical experience. He was in favour of inoculation in his "Question proposee a Messieurs de la Societe Royale des Sciences: lequel des trois partis, ou d'attendre la petite verole, ou de se soumettre a l'inoculation ou de tacher de l'eviter par l'extirpation, est plus fertile en avantages, & sujet a moins d'inconvenients" (pp. 305-359). Bookseller Inventory # 001780

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Physiologike], seu Oeconomia Animalis.

BOERHAAVE, Hermann
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Book Description: Johannem Noon, London, 1741. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to. (254 x 202 mm). xi, [1], 164 pp. Title with engraved vignette, 54 folding engraved plates, light water stains and spotting,occasional annotations, library stamps, library cloth, lower cover with small dampstain. --- Garrison-Morton 581; Norman 255 (both citing the original edition); Lindeboom 64 (this edition).Rare first separate London edition of the first and largest portion, on physiology, of Boerhaave's 5-part Institutiones medicae, which originally appeared in 1708. "Institutiones medicae, his first book, was responsible, more than any other work, for establishing the study of physiology as an academic discipline" (Norman). Bookseller Inventory # 001650

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Book Description: Apud Ioannem Grapheum, Anversa [Antwerp], 1528. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. April 1528. Vol. 1 of 2 only (the Iliad, libri I-XXIV). 8vo (145x100 mm). 259, [8: index] ll., lacking the final leaf. [bound with]: [drop title] VIDA, Marcus Hieronymus. Marci Hieronymi vidae scachorum liber. Paris: Blaublomius, 1529. 15 ll. Colophon on last leaf (Parisiis ex officina Ludouici Blaublomii, impensis Simonis Colinaei, 1529]. 17th-c full vellum, title in script to spine, old paper signature label to front cover. Internally very minor toning, mainly marginal worming throughout affecting some letters (mainly marginal text), stronger to final 15 leaves of the second work of minor importance, occasional markings in ink to a few pages, title page with small central hole. Except for the worming a fine unstained and unspotted copy of a rare early Illiad edition printed on good, strong paper. Provenance: De Alcobaca Livraria (old ink stamp to title and first page). ---- I. In 1444, Lorenzo Valla completed his Latin prose versions of the first 17 books of the Iliad, and Raffaele Maffei published a version of the Odyssey, partially in verse, in 1510. The version of Maffei became particularly popular because it was reprinted along with other Latin translations of the Homeric text by Lorenzo Valla, Aldus Manutius, and others in Antwerp in 1528. - Der erst Teil der lateinischen Gesamtausgabe von Antwerpen. - II. Frühe, sehrseltene Ausgabe des Schachgedichts "Scacchia Ludus" in lateinischer Sprache. Es handelt vom Schachspiel, das sich in Italien zu Beginn des Cinquecento besonderer Beliebtheit erfreute. Es schildert mit Mitteln des heroischen Epos die Geschehnisse einer Schachpartie zwischen Apollo und Merkur, erklärt Figurenaufstellung, Zug- und Schlagweise und Zweck des Spiels. "Mittelst des vollständigen Götter- und Schlachtenapparats und der gesamten heidnischen Scenerie wird diese . Götterpartie des neuen, erst in Vida's Zeit verbreiteten Schach beschrieben. Mercur siegt, und Jupiter lässt nun auch den Menschen das Spiel offenbaren." (Van der Linde II, 179). Marco Girolamo Vida (geboren um 1490) war junger Priester und stammte aus Cremona. Seine bedeutendsten Dichtungen dieser Zeit sind neben dem Schachgedicht ein Lehrgedicht über die Seidenraupenzucht und die Ars Poetica. Zum Lohn für seine Dichtkunst und besonders das Schachgedicht erhielt Vida von Papst Clemens VII. den Episkopat von Alba bei Turin, wo er bis zu seinem Tod im Jahre 1566 wirkte. Vida arbeitete an dem Schachgedicht in den Jahren 1507 bis 1513 und widmete es den Brüdern Guiliano und Giovanni de Medici. Die erste Ausgabe wurde ohne Zustimmung Vidas 1525 / 26 von Hilarius Bertulph veröffentlicht. Daraufhin ist es überarbeitet worden und 1527 in einer autorisierten Version in Rom herausgegeben worden. Das Schachgedicht war vermutlich Vidas poetisches Erstlingswerk. Nymphen sollen ihm in seiner Jugend die folgende Geschichte erzählt haben: Einst trafen sich die Götter bei der Hochzeit des Oceanus mit Tellus. Nach dem Festmahl bringt Oceanus ein gemustertes Brett mit 64 quadratisch angeordneten Feldern sowie je 16 weiße und schwarze Figuren aus Buchsbaum herbei und beschreibt den Anwesenden Brett und Spielsteine, Aufstellung, Zug- und Schlagweise und die Matt - Regel. Als Spieler werden Apollo (weiß) und Merkur (schwarz) bestimmt, als Schiedsrichter der Göttervater Jupiter. Vida hat das Spiel als Schlacht zweier Heere inszeniert. Nach einem Streit soll auch die Regel 'berührt ist geführt' festgelegt worden sein. In der Literatur ist viel über dieses Gedicht geschrieben worden. Bookseller Inventory # 001935

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Book Description: John Martyn & James Allestry, London, 1665. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 3rd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (161x99 mm). [28], 205 [1] pp. Two folding tables, both with closed tear repairs to verso, the larger table with further fold wear and minor damage to lettering, some old dampstaining throughout, marginal chipping and browning to first and last few leaves, outer margin of E8 repaired with some loss of text affecting nine lines, small tear to lower outer corner of H4 touching one letter of final line verso, lacks imprimatur leaf before title and both blanks (a8 and O8), modern quarter morocco gilt over marbled boards. ---- NLM/Krivatsy 4951; Wellcome III, p.150; PMM 144 (1st edition); Norman 933 (1st edition); Goldsmiths' 1757; Kress 1155; Wing G1600. First published in 1662, Graunt¿s observations on the bills of mortality led to the publication of the first life table to be based on real mortality data. Designed to provide a warning against the plague epidemic, the bills of mortality did not give the age of death, but did provide the cause of death, and from this Graunt was able to estimate that 36% of all deaths concerned children under the age of six. Among the wide range of deaths listed in the Table of Casualty are the more common as well as Excessive drinking, Fainted in a Bath, Grief, Killed by several Accidents, Lethargy, Leprosie, Overlaid and starved at Nurse, and Suddenly (PMM). Bookseller Inventory # 001936

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Book Description: Jonas Saur (for G. Tambach in Frankfurt), Ulm, 1627. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Two parts in one volume. Ulm: Jonas Saur (für G. Tambach in Frankfurt), 1627-29. Folio (333 x 225 mm). With engr. allegorical frontispiece of the Temple of Urania by George Celer after Kepler and numerous woodcuts diagrams within text, [18] 1-125 [3], [1] 2-119 [1] pp. Very minor toning and spotting, light browning of the 'Sportula'. Leaves b2 to k3 supplied, k3 folded, marginal repairs to L and lower corner of frontispiece (not affecting text or plate image), L4 enforced at gutter, tear to lower margin of O1, a few worm holes at gutter of H2 to I4. Full contemporary vellum (boards soiled, extremities scuffed), top spine repaired. Provenance: Plazidus Reimann (1594-1670), Benedictiner Abt of Kloster Einsiedeln, with his ex-libris (coat of arms) to pastedown and old signature to lower title. Fine copy. ---- Sparrow 116; Caspar 79; Norman 1209; Zinner 5063; Dibner 6 (with image of front.) ¿ First edition. First quire (incl. title) in third state with the long dedication to Brahe in italics Antiqua and the second line reading "Codice in amplifico." according to Caspar. The second quire [ ):( ):( to ):():(2v ] present in second state (56 lines and marginals in Roman Antiqua). With the appendix "Sportula" to part 1, issued in 1629 [pp. 121-125, 1l.], but without the word map dated 1630, found in some copies and most likely printed after 1658. Also not present is the appendix by J. Bartsch which was issued after Kepler's death to very few copies.The frontispiece present with the signature variant "Cöler". THE CHIEF VEHICLE FOR THE RECOGNITION OF HIS ASTRONOMICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS' (DSB). "These tables remained the foundation of all planetary calculations for over a century. Also of importance is the table of logistic logarithms, Kepler's own invention, and that of refractions. The book has an elaborate frontispiece containing figures of Hipparchus, Copernicus, Brahe and Ptolemy in consulation" (Sparrow). On his deathbed in 1601, Tycho Brahe urged Kepler to complete his long-projected astronomical tables, to be based on Tycho's mass of observations and named after their patron Rudolph II. Kepler worked on these for years, with frequent interruptions. 'In excusing the long delay in publication [Kepler] mentioned in the preface not only the difficulties of obtaining his salary and of the wartime conditions but also "the novelty of my discoveries and the unexpected transfer of the whole of astronomy from fictitious circles to natural causes, which were most profound to investigate, difficult to explain, and difficult to calculate, since mine was the first attempt"' (DSB). The greatly improved accuracy of Kepler's tables over previous planetary tables was due in part to his discovery of the laws of planetary motion, but also to the 'happy calamity', as he put it, of his initiation into Napier's logarithms. Kepler created his own logarithmic tables (published in 1624), and used them for the complex calculations required to determine planetary orbits. The superiority of his tables 'constituted a strong endorsement of the Copernican system, and insured the tables' dominance in the field of astronomy throughout he seventeenth century' (Norman). The origin of the contained ex-libris (engraved by W. Kilian), is described in "Die Schweizerischen Bibliothekzeichen (ex-libris)", 1898, No. 570, p. 68: Ex libris "in Linienfassung das geviertete Wappen, noch vermehrt ebenfalls mit geviertetem Herzschild belegt. (Zwei Raben: Einsiedeln; drei Rauten: Reymann; Drache: St. Geroldt; zwei gekreuzte Stachel: Fahr.) Mitten über dem Schilde Insul und Stab, rechts und links zwei Helme, unten je einer". According to this source, Reimann was Abt of the Benedictiner Abtei in 1629, possibly the time when this copy was bound. Bookseller Inventory # 001922

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Book Description: Junius, Leipzig, 1791. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 1791-1795. 4to. (x mm). Vol. I (publ. 1791): viii, 348 pp. 11 plates (10 folding). Vol. II (publ. 1792): viii, 322 pp., 9 plates (8 folding). Vol. III (publ. 1793): viii, 340 pp., 5 plates (4 folding). Vol. IV (publ. 1795): viii, 448 pp., 3 plates (2 folding). Altogether 28 engraved plates. Early nineteenth century half calf (boards rubbed and soiled, labels to spine partly gone), text with minor browning and soiling, some spotting and foxing, plates only minor spotted at margins, RCSI library stamp to titles and some text leaves. ---- Wellcome III, 557. - Very rare and interesting compilation of works on neurology by different authors. Contains the following parts: I. Sam. Thom. Soemmerring, de basi encephali et originibus nervorum cranio egredientium. - II. Andersch, Fragmentum descriptionis nervorum cardiorum, edit. a Soemmerring. - III. Io. Frid. Meckel, de nervis faciei. - IV. Io. Frid. Lobstein, de nervo spinali ad par vagum accessorio. - V. Adolph Murray, de infundibulo cerebri et variationibus quibusdam in parte cervicali nervi intercostalis. - VI. Ern. Gottl. Bose, de nervorum actione ex collisione. - VII. Ern. Platner, de causis consensus nervorum physiologicis. - VIII. Io. Henr. a Brunn, Experimenta circa ligaturas nervorum in vivis animalibus. - IX. Io. Heineken, de morbis nervorum eorumque frequentissima ex abdomine origine. Bookseller Inventory # 001933

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Historia Naturale. tradocta di lingua latina in fiorentina per Christophoro Landino.

PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius / PLINY
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Book Description: Bartholomaeus de Zanis, Venice, 1489. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 2nd Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 12 September 1489. Super-Chancery folio (313x212 mm), 260 leaves (first leaf blank), a12; b-q8 r-s6 A-N8 O-P6, double column, 60 lines plus headline, roman type, 6- and 8-line initials in blue with printed guides, 2- to 4-line initials in red and blue with printed guides, b1r with contemporary Florentine decoration comprising an initial E in gold inhabited by the portrait bust of a woman with floral marginal extensions with gold dots, coat-of-arms at foot within a laurel wreath (slightly rubbed) surrounded by similar decoration. Eighteenth-century calf-backed marbled boards with flat spine gilt (boards and extremities rubbed, corners bumped). Leaves a2, k4 and A8 repaired at foot (affecting a few letters, but without loss), a few other small marginal repairs, occasional light staining or browning,a few contemporary annotations in ink, G7 supplied and a few mm shorter. Provenance: D.F.L., initials at foot of title-page; ink stamp removed from foot of title-page and final verso; Frederick Binkerd Artz, bookplate. An excellent copy of a scarce edition, rarely found complete as here. ---- PMM 5, Dibner 75, Horblit 84, Sparrow 163 (all cit. first latin ed.); Goff P803; HCR 13107; BMC v 431; Bod-inc P-373; GW M34345. The very rare second edition of Landino's translation, first published by Jenson in 1476. Complete with the first blank. Bookseller Inventory # 001931

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Book Description: Guillaume De Lüyne, Paris, 1691. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. 12mo (157x88 mm), [16], 125, [3: Approbation, Privilege and Errata] pp., title with large vignette, 9 folding engraved plates (two plates with repaired tear w/o loss), paper repair to D2 with loss of a view letters. Contemporary full leather, spine with 5 raised bands richly gilt in compartments, upper and lower hinges cracked but holding firm, spine ends and extremities worn, internally somewhat browned, occasional light marginal staining, title page with slight marginal dust soiling. ---- Heirs of Hippocrates 700; Krivatsy 3404; Wellcome II, p 487. - First edition of Droüin's work on the brain and the sense organs. "Droüin enjoyed an excellent reputation as a skilled surgeon in the French army and returned to private life to become chief surgeon at Des Petites Maisons in Paris. This work, important in the development of neuroanatomy during the late seventeenth century, is the result of keen observation and careful dissection. In it, Droüin discusses the skull, the brain and its circulation, and the structure of the nose, eye, tongue, and ear. The nine folding plates were engraved from Droüin¿s own drawings" (Heirs of Hippocrates, p.247). Very rare, only two copies recorded to have come to auction during the past 30 years. Bookseller Inventory # 001928

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d'Onder-aardse weereld. [Mundus Subterraneus]

KIRCHER, Athanasius
(Ritterhude, D, Germany)
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Book Description: J. Jansson and E. Weyerstraet, Amsterdam, 1682. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. d'Onder-aardse weereld in haar goddelijk maaksel en wonderbare uitwerkselen aller dingen; in XII boeken nauwkeurig beschreven. Waar van dit eerste handeld van het wiskundig werkstuk des aardkloots in 't heel-al. (.) het tweede deel; daar in de wonderbare kracht der werksame natuur in de voortbrenging der menigerlei schepselen, en der selver gedurige op en ondergang (.) de waare en valsche goudsoekerye (.) de nuttigheid der destilleerkunde en veel vermogende stofscheidinge, glasblasen en allerhande konst en handgrepen (.). 2 vols in one, Folio (394x243 mm). [20], 425, [11]; [8], 415, [13] pp. Engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette, 13 engraved plates (7 double-page and 6 folding), 4 tables (1 folding and 3 double page), 80 engraved illustrations (many full-page), 2 mounted volvelles [vol. 1, pp.185, 187], leaf aaa2 misbound after aaa3. Small tear to 3 folding plates, one repaired, tiny repair to margin Q2, occasional very light browning. Contemporary calf, spine with raised bands, lettered and decorated in compartments (some rubbing, corners bumped, upper joint partly cracked). Provenance: Bibliotheca Kircheriana (book label). An outstanding copy, internally bright and unstained. Collated complete, with the assembled volvelles. ---- Alden & Landis 682/00; De Backer & Sommervogel IV, col. 1061; DSB VII, pp. 374-8; Ferguson, Bib. Chem. I, p. 466; Hoover 483; Merrill, Athanasius Kircher 17; Nissen, ZBI 2197; Poggendorf I, pp. 1258-9; Sabin 37968; Wellcome III, p. 395; cf. Caillet I, 5783 (Latin ed.) - FOURTH, MOST COMPLETE EDITION of 'PERHAPS KIRCHER'S MOST POPULAR WORK' (Merrill). First printed in 1664-65 in Latin, this is the first Dutch edition of the "Mundus Subterraneus, perhaps the most popular of Kircher's works in his day and the best known in ours, is cited in letters and works of such contemporaries as Martin Lister (1639-1712), the zoologist and geologist; Robert Moray (1608?-73), chemist, metallurgist, and first president of the Royal Society; the philosophers Baruch Spinoza (1632-77) and John Locke (1632-1704); Henry Oldenburg (1618-77), the secretary of the Royal Society and the first professional scientific administrator; Nicolaus Steno (1638-86), the anatomist and geologist; and the physicist Christian Huygens (1629-95). The basis and impetus for the Mundus Subterraneus was Kircher's visit to Sicily in 1637-38, where he witnessed an eruption of Aetna and Stromboli. He prefaced the work with his own narrative of the trip, including his spectacular descent into Vesuvius upon his return to Italy. His observations of these volcanoes led him to conclude that the center of the earth is a massive internal fire for which the volcanoes are mere safety valves. But the work is not solely geologic. Kircher continues with fantastic speculations about the interior of the earth, its hidden lakes, its rivers of fire, and its strange inhabitants. Major topics include gravity, the moon, the sun, eclipses, ocean currents, subterranean waters and fires, meteorology, rivers and lakes, hydraulics, minerals and fossils, subterranean giants, beasts and demons, poisons, metallurgy and mining, alchemy, the universal seed and the generation of insects, herbs, astrological medicine, distillation, and fireworks. In this work he discloses his experience with palingenesis: he had allegedly resuscitated a plant from its ashes. Much of the work deals with alchemy. Kircher ridicules Paracelsus' belief in transmutation and discredits the work of alchemists in general, complaining about the obscurity of their writings. This diatribe brought him vicious criticism and abuse later in life from alchemists who no longer feared the authority of the Jesuit order. Kircher does, however, praise the work of the "true chemist," the chymiotechnicus." (Merrill). Bookseller Inventory # 001919

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Book Description: Crochard, 1820. Hardcover. Book Condition: Gut bis sehr gut. 1. Auflage. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (210x135 mm). Whole volume 14 bound with vol. 13, 448 pp. and 3 plates. Contemporary half leather with gilt spine and two labels, somewhat rubbed. Small Jesuit rubber stamp to title pages. A fine copy. ---- PMM 282, Dibner 61, Sparrow 152, Norman 1606 (all citing private print); DSB X, 185. First French edition of Oersted's Latin paper. "The 'Experimenta.' opened a new epoch in the history of physics. From it followed the creation of electrodynamics by Ampère and Faraday's 'Experimental Researches in Electricity'" (DSB). Bookseller Inventory # 001924

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Book Description: Deterville, Paris, 1817. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 4 Volumes. 8vo (202x125 mm), xxxvii, 540; xviii, 532; xxix, 653; viii, 255 pp. including half-titles and 15 engraved plates by Pierron after Laurillard. Contemporary quarter calf, gilt spines (some scratching and light wear to boards and extremities), minor occasional spotting. A fine, clean copy. ---- Dibner 195, PMM 276; Sparrow 42, Norman 567, Heirs of Hippocrates 1240, Nissen ZBI 1013, Waller 14796; Wellcome II, p. 423. - First edition of this classic work which Singer describes as "the most comprehensive biological work since Linnaeus." (Singer, History of Biology). "It is in his classification of the animal kingdom into four main groups, Vertebrata, Mollusca, Articulata and Radiata, that he so notably succeeded in giving a lead that has been followed by all his successors" (PMM). "The most influential exposition of the typological approach to animal classification, representing the greatest body of zoological facts that had yet been assembled; it served as the standard zoological manual for most of Europe during the first half of the nineteenth century" (Norman 567). Bookseller Inventory # 001926

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Icones embryonum humanorum.

SOEMMERRING, Samuel Theodor von
(Ritterhude, D, Germany)
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Book Description: Varrentrapp u. Wenner, Frankfurt a. M., 1799. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Imperial folio. Large Folio, broadsheets (630x450 mm). 2 engraved plates after Christian Kock by F.L Neubauer, Hullmann and Klauber, vignette title, vignette on final leaf (some pale dampstaining.) Sewn in contemporary plain pastepaper boards (a little soiled); cloth portfolio. ---- Choulant-Frank, p.307; Heirs of Hippocrates 704; Waller 9045. - FIRST EDITION. "Soemmerring met William Hunter during a visit to London in 1778. The latter's classic work on the pregnant uterus dealt only with the latter half of pregnancy. Soemmerring therefore decided, in a supplementary volume, to deal with the appearance of the embryo during the first half of pregnancy. This book is one of the best illustrated of Soemmering's works" (Garrison-Morton 473) and ranks among the most valuable works of Soemmerring and is even today useful and highly appreciated" (Choulant-Frank, p.307). Bookseller Inventory # 001930

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Book Description: Jacques du Puys, Paris, 1582. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio (330 x 205mm). [12], 884, [22] pp., woodcut device on title, half-page portrait of the author, numerous woodcuts throughout; text somewhat browned, occasional little spotting and minor marginal dampstaining. Contemporary calf, spine with 5 raised bands richly gilt in compartments, red morocco label (hinges and extremities a bit worn, boards scratched), red colored cut edges. A fine copy in a beautiful period binding. ---- Adams P-313; Cushing P88; Doe 46; NLM/Durling 3531; Heirs of Hippocrates 163; Eimas 271; Osler 661; Waller 7175; Wellcome I, 4824; cf. En francais dans le texte 66. - FIRST LATIN EDITION OF PARE'S LANDMARK WORK, and the main instrument of its enormous success: 'this translation into Latin made the work immediately available to all nations of Europe, since Latin was universally the language of the scholar' (Doe). Pare's approach to surgery elevated to the status of scientific discipline what had been largely an ignoble practice. The cuts in this edition are those made for the first edition in French, supplemented by those produced for the 1579 edition. Bookseller Inventory # 001929

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Book Description: R. Meietti, Treviso, 1606. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (150x100 mm). [16], 715, [1:blank] pp., title with vignette and printed in red and black, frequent mispaginations, text slightly browned (some quires stronger), marginal dampstaining to a few leaves only. Contemporary limp vellum (lacking ties). Ex-libris to first flyleaf. Handsome copy. ---- Krivatsy 2344; Wellcome I, 1186; DSB XV, 81; Hirsch-H. I, 868. - New edition of a treatise on practical medicine originally published in 1602-03 as "Artis medicae pars prima[-secunda]," comprising sections on fevers, poisons, venereal diseases, and diseases and conditions affecting the head, thorax, abdomen, and genitals. The thoracic section contains a discussion of Cesalpino's ideas on the flow of blood from the arteries to the veins in the peripheral circulation. "Cesalpino preceded Harvey in the discovery of the concept of the circulation, and Harvey must have known of his ideas, but Cesalpino's idea of the circulation was not supported by convincing experimental works or quantitative evidence" (Garrison-M. 755). Bookseller Inventory # 001927

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Book Description: Ioannem Petreium, Nuremberg, 1535. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 3 parts in one volume 4to (210x151 mm). [6], 59, [5], 84, [24] leaves. Greek and Latin text, a woodcut diagram and woodcut initials (little soiling, browning and spotting, occasional mainly marginal staining, heavier at the end and quires q and s, tear without loss at gutter of title page). Contemporary vellum with yapp borders, manuscript title and shelf mark label on spine, blue sprinkled edges (light staining). Provenance: Biblioteca Prov. Ven. Med. S.I. Letteraria (stamp on title and l.33); Collegio C. Arioi, Brescia (stamp on title); Compagnia del Gesú, Rome (book label). A fine copy, complete with all blanks present. ---- DSB XI, p.198; Zinner 1605; Burmeister, Rhetikus III, 31; Thorndike V, 364; Schweiger I, 279; Houzeau & Lancaster 3636; VD16 P5248. - FIRST EDITIONS of the original greek texts and the translations. Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos is one of the great astrological textbooks of antiquity. Book 1 describes the technical aspects of the subject, book 2 the influences on the earth in general, and books 3 and 4 with influences on human life. The Greek text contains symbols representing signs of the zodiac and planets and stars. A chart explaining the symbols is included at the beginning of the text. The Karpos, a collection of astrological aphorisms, is erroneously ascribed to Ptolemy. In addition to the two Greek texts by Ptolemy, this edition contains the Latin translation by Joachim Camerarius of the Tetrabiblos, the Latin translation by Giovanni Pontano of the Karpos and two short works by Matthaeus Guarimbertus (Opusculum de radiis et aspectibus planetarum) and Ludovicus de Rigius (Aphorismi astrologici). A different Latin translation of the Tetrabiblios, by Plato Tiburtinus, was published in Venice by Ratdolt in 1484 (Goff P1088). Bookseller Inventory # 001920

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Book Description: J. Nichols for P. Elmsly, London, 1794. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 2 Volumes. 1794-1796. 8vo (210x130 mm). xxxi, [2:blank], 510 pp.; [4], v-xvi, [2:errata], [2:blank], 529, [2:blank] pp., including half-titles, 6 folding tables, some light scattered foxing and browning (heavier to endpapers and pastedowns). Contemporary full leather (minor wear to edges), spine with red morocco labels gilt (renewed for vol. 2). A fine, broad margined copy. ---- Ferguson I, 472; Cole 717; Partington 3:662; Sinkankas 3430; DSB VII, 388-89. - SECOND EDITION. First published in 1784, "the first systematic work on the subject in English" (Ferguson). The revised second edition reflects Kirwan's abandonment of the phlogiston theory. It is much expanded, featuring the Leskean cabinet of 7331 mineral specimens. Kirwan's work was the first systematic treatise on mineralogy in English. Viewing mineralogy as a branch of chemistry, Kirwan described minerals by their chemical composition, combined with the Wernerian method of using external features and properties as a means of identification (Sinkankas 3430). Bookseller Inventory # 001918

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Book Description: Printed at the Theater, 1698. Hardcover. Book Condition: Gut. 1. Auflage. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (188x115 mm). iv, 224 pp. Vignette on title, some illustrations in text, dampstaining to fore-margin of first few leaves, internally browned and foxed, few early notes, little scoring, contemporary calf, spine gilt, worn, joints cracked. ---- First edition of Keill's first book. "This was . an attack on the cosmogonical treatises about the world's creation then being widely debated by many members of the Royal Society. Although supposedly written specifically against the unscientific methods of the theories of Thomas Burnet and William Whiston it amounted to a very hostile attack--in the name of orthodoxy--on the delusions of 'world-making' which were caused, Keill claimed, by Cartesian natural philosophy. As an antidote Keill prescribed the more modest and exact Newtonian philosophy, based solidly on mathematical reasoning, even Newton himself was known at the time to have sympathies with the cosmogonical theories"--DSB VII, 275. Wing K132. Bookseller Inventory # 001916

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Book Description: B. Comini, Pavia, 1794. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Imperial folio. Large folio (625x475 mm). [4], 44 pp., half title, 14 engraved plates (including 7 outline). Contemporary half calf (rebacked, boards rubbed and soiled), RCSI library stamp to title, very minor spotting and dust-soiling internally, light dampstain to lower corner of last leaves. An outstanding, broad-margined copy with the engravings mostly clean and unspotted. Choulant p. 299; Garrsion-Morton 1253; Heirs of Hippocrates 1105; Waller 8545; Norman 1897. - FIRST EDITION. "SCARPA'S ANATOMIC MASTERPIECE, the product of twenty years of research on the nerves. The seven life-size plates illustrate the human glossopharyngeal, vagus and hypoglossal nerves, which had never before been correctly shown. Scarpa was also the first to delineate correctly the nerves of the heart, and showed that the terminal ramifications of the cardiac nerves are directly connected to cardiac muscular fibers" (Norman). Bookseller Inventory # 001914

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Book Description: Printed by John Paterson, Edinburgh, 1794. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (261x204 mm). [8], xxii, [2], 191 pp., including typographical title (old ownership inscription), additional engraved title (soiled in margins) and errata leaf, 32 etched or engraved plates (including 4 duplicates in outline, 1 folding), and 2 engravings in text, little spotting and soiling, folding plate chipped along bottom margin w/o loss of image, few annotations and markings in weak pencil. Contemporary full calf (hinges repaired, covers rubbed, edges bumped), spine with red morocco label (chipped head of spine repaired), title in gilt to upper and lower boards. Provenance: Royal College of Surgeons, gift of C. Somerville-Large to the library (bookplate to inner cover). A very good copy with bright, clean plates. Collated complete. ---- Heirs of Hippocrates 1187; Russell, British Anatomy 60; Wellcome II, p.137. -FIRST EDITION. Encouraged by an artistic mother, John Bell had received early training in drawing. He was one of the first to apply anatomical teachings to surgery. From 1786-1799 he was Scotland's premier teacher of surgical anatomy, and his anatomical writings and illustrations were geared to the needs of the operative surgeon. Bell's atlas of the bones, muscles, and joints, illustrated mostly with his own engravings and etchings after his own paintings, represented a new, more realistic and less idealized style of anatomical illustration. Bell's illustrations are some of the most striking in the entire literature, although not to everyone's taste: "Certainly they have the immediacy of drawings made in the dissecting rooms of late Georgian Edinburgh. Some are quite gruesome and even perverted . In their context they are admirable."(Roberts & Tomlinson, p. 491). Bookseller Inventory # 001911

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