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Experimental Researches in Electricity. Volumes I-III: FARADAY, Michael

FARADAY, Michael

Published by Richard and John Edward Taylor, Richard Taylor and William Francis, London (1839)

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Item Description: Richard and John Edward Taylor, Richard Taylor and William Francis, London, 1839. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. London: Richard and John Edward Taylor, [Vols. I-II], Richard Taylor and William Francis [Vol. III], 1839, 1844, 1855. Three volumes. 8vo (226 x 142 mm). Vol. 1: vi, 574, [10] pp., including publishers ads. at rear and 8 folding engraved plates. Vol. 2: viii, 302, [2] pp., including half title and 5 engraved plates (2 folding). Vo. 3: viii, 588 pp., folding lithographed plate and 3 engraved folding plates. All in original publishers bindings. Vols. I-II: green fine-diaper cloth with central blind-stamped vine-leaf and flower figures on front and back covers (not uniform), gilt-lettered spines (no vol.-number on the spine of Vol. I); Vol. III: original blue-green fine-diaper cloth, gilt-lettered spine (boards and extremities rubbed, corners bumped, top spine of Vol. II chipped, spine of Vol. III with faint shelf-mark), yellow endpapers. Text generally clean with only little age-toning and occasional minor spotting, some foxing to plates. Provenance: Institute of Actuaries (small stamp to title-page of Vol. II); Haileybury College Science Library (bookplate to front pastedown and shelf-mark to first flyleaf of Vol. III). A very good set, very rare in its original publishers cloth. ---- PMM 308; Horblit 29; Norman 762, Sparrow 62, Jeffreys 297. - FIRST EDITION in book form. "Between 1832 and 1852 Faraday published twenty-nine series of papers in the Philosophical Transactions under the title "Experimental researches in electricity"; it was through these papers that his major discoveries relating to electricity and magnetism were first published . These papers, along with pertinent papers and letters published in other scientific journals, were collected in three volumes published in 1839, 1844 and 1855. The collection encompasses the entire range of Faraday's remarkable achievement, including his discovery of electromagnetic induction, his demonstration of the identity of all formes of electricity, his first general theory of electricity as a function of interparticulate strain, and the last series of researches on magnetism, containing the germ of modern field theory, in which Faraday rejected his earlier model of the transmission of magnetic energy in favor of one locating the manifestion of magnetic energy in the field surrounding the magnet." (Norman 762). The author's epoch-making discovery of the means to generate electricity by electro-magnetic induction is the principle behind the dynamo and the transformer, and the foundation of the modern electrical industry. The experiments that Faraday recorded in this paper marked the begining of his "great series of investigations into electricity" (PMM), through which he established the identity of all types of electricity, the magnetic properties of the earth and his theory of "lines" or "tubes" of magnetic force, "the starting point for the revolutionary theories of Clerk Maxwell and later of Einstein" (PMM). The original publisher's bindings are always disparate in colour and/or type of cloth. The first two volumes have a brownish-green colour of the fine-diaper cloth whereas the third volume is bound in a rather bluish-green cloth which eighter has a pebble- or a diaper texture. The Quaritch-reprints are bound in a pebble-textured cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 002137

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HARRIS, W. Snow

Published by John W. Parker, London (1843)

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Item Description: John W. Parker, London, 1843. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (221 x 142 mm). xvi, 226 [2], [4] pp., including lithographed frontispiece and one additional plate, several text illustrations, and 4 pp. publisher's advertisements bound at end. Original publisher's cloth (little chipping to spine ends, corners bumped and little worn. Pages untrimmed, a few pages crudely opened. Some pencil annotations. Provenance: George Frederick Chambers* (armorial bookplate to front pastedown); The library of Hugh Selbourne. ---- George Frederick Chambers (1841-1915) was a barrister, amateur astronomer and author, who wrote a number of popular books about science. Bookseller Inventory # 002479

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MACQUER, Pierre

Published by J. Nourse, London (1775)

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Item Description: J. Nourse, London, 1775. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 3rd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (210 x 129 mm). xix [1], 419 [1]; viii, 432 pp., 6 engraved plates in vol. I. Lacking half-titles. Contemporary tree calf, spines with two morocco labels lettered in gilt (hinges partly cracked, corners worn and bumped). Internally bright and unspotted. Provenance: The library of Hugh Selbourne (small ink stamp to title verso and p.51). ---- Third edition. Translated from "Élémens de chymie-pratique" and "Élémens de chymie théorique" by Andrew Reid, first published in France in 1749. The first English edition was published in 1758. Bookseller Inventory # 002456

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Tractatus de febribus.: PEUCER, Caspar

PEUCER, Caspar

Published by Nikolaus Hoffmann the Elder for Johann Berner, Frankfurt (1614)

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Item Description: Nikolaus Hoffmann the Elder for Johann Berner, Frankfurt, 1614. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (160 x 105 mm). 149, [1] pp., without final blank. Contemporary vellum, spine lettered in script (cover soiled and browned, wear to lower edge). Internally somewhat browned, waterstaining to lower portion throughout, occasional short marginal tears, worming to center of about 30 leaves affecting text. Fair copy. ---- Wellcome I, 4971. - FIRST EDITION of a treatise on fevers by a follower of Paracelsus. Bookseller Inventory # 002555

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JONES, Bence

Published by Longmans, Green & Co., London (1870)

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Item Description: Longmans, Green & Co., London, 1870. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (220 x 140 mm). viii [4], 385 [3], 24; [8], 491 [1] p. Including frontispieces and half-titles to each vol., one plate in vol. 2, some text illustrations, publisher's advertisments at end of vol. 1, and index at end of vol. 2. Original publisher's purple blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered spine (little rubbed and soiled, spines lightly sun faded, corners bumped, inner hinges cracked). Internally clean with only little foxing to first and final pages. Provenance: Arthar Biddalph (inscription on first flyleaves); The library of Hugh Selbourne. Good copy. ---- Second revised edition. Michael Faraday (1791-1867) "made foundational contributions in the fields of physics and chemistry, notably in relation to electricity. One of the greatest scientists of his day, Faraday held the position of Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain for over thirty years. Not long after his death, his friend Henry Bence Jones attempted "to join together his words, and to form them into a picture of his life which may be almost looked upon as an autobiography." Jones' compilation of Faraday's manuscripts, letters, notebooks, and other writings resulted in this Life and Letters (1870) which remains an important resource for learning more about one of the most influential scientific experimentalists of the nineteenth century. Volume 1 (1791-1830) covers Faraday's earliest years as an errand boy and bookbinder's apprentice, his arrival at the Royal Institution as an assistant and his early publications on electricity. Volume 2 (1831-1867) describes his research on electricity and electromagnetism, his work as a scientific adviser to the government and industry and his service to education." (Cambridge books online). Bookseller Inventory # 002465

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Über Entwickelungsgeschichte der Thiere. Beobachtung und Reflexion.: BAER, Karl Ernst

BAER, Karl Ernst von

Published by bei den Gebrüdern Bornträger, Königsberg (1828)

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Item Description: bei den Gebrüdern Bornträger, Königsberg, 1828. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Two volumes in one. 4to (250 x 207 mm). xxii, [2:errata], 271, [1] pp.; [4], 315, [1] pp., including 7 engraved plates (the first 4 hand-coloured, 6 folding) and one folding letterpress table. Later 19th century cloth, spine lettered in gilt (shelf-label removed from spine, little rubbing to corners). Text crisp and clean, very little occasional spotting, title page of first part somewhat browned, repaired closed tears to title-page and two preliminary leaves of second part (without loss), plates foxed as usual, plate numbers and signatures on last two plates shaved. Provenance: Balfour Library, Zoological Laboratory Cambridge (paper label and ink stamp to front pastedown, another stamp with withdrawal mark to first flyleaf and top corner of title-page), B.E.T. Pagel (paper slip to front pastedown). All in all still a fine, wide-margined copy. ---- PMM 228b; Horblit 9a; Norman 101; Evans 105; Garrison-Morton 479; Grolier Medicine, p.215; DSB I, p.387; Wellcome II, p.84; R. Gaskell, Books from the Library of Walter Pagel, Pt. 2, 7 (this copy). - FIRST EDITION OF THE "FOUNDATION TREATISE ON THE EMBRYOLOGY OF THE HIGHER ANIMALS" (Horblit 9a). "Continuing the work of his friend and collaborator Christian Heinrich Pander, Baer observed the formation of the germ layers and established the germ layer theory. He described the way in which the layers formed various organs by tubulation, and he emphasized that the development of the embryo is from the apparently homogeneous to the obviously heterogeneous. In this he finally refuted the long held and much discussed theory that embryonic parts might be preformed in the egg. The publication of this book provided a solid basis for the further systematic study of mammalian development" (Grolier Medicine, p. 215). After the publication of volume I, there was a delay of nearly 10 years while the publisher waited for Baer to complete volume II. In 1837, at the insistence of subscribers to the work, the first part of volume II was published with an explanatory note stating that the author had submitted copy only slowly during the period from 1829 to 1834 and had then ceased to respond to the publisher's inquiries about his progress. The final portion of the text (not included here) was published only in 1888, 12 years after Baer's death, when it was edited by Ludwig Stieda, who also wrote a biography of Baer. With his discovery of the mammalian ovum a search ended that had begun over 150 years earlier when Harvey propounded that all animals come from eggs. 'In his more extensive work 'De ovi mammalium et hominis genesi' published in 1827, Baer gathered together with great knowledge and scrupulous care all the known facts of embryology and followed in detail the development of the classical subject of embryological research, the hen's egg. He proceeded from this to study the embryological development of the vertebrates in general and subsequently to propose four basic principles which provided a sound basis for the foundation of a new branch of science' (PMM 228b). Bookseller Inventory # 002530

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Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Book the: NEWTON, Isaac

NEWTON, Isaac

Published by W. Strahan & T. Cadell, London (1777)

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Item Description: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, London, 1777. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (305 x 245 mm). lviii, [2], 360 pp., including list of subscribers, errata leaf and 22 folding engraved plates. Mid 20th century brown half morocco over cloth, spine with 5 raised bands, gilt-lettered in compartments (little rubbing to extremities, spine ends split at joints. Leaves untrimmed and unpressed. Text generally crisp and clean, occasional minor foxing (half-title and some plates stronger), little edge-fraying and dust soiling at outer margins of some leaves. Provenance: Thorp Family*, pasted paper slip with signature "Robert A. Thorp, 1827, CCC " and signature "R. J. Thorp" dated 1904 on free endpaper; John Ebdon**, signed and dated "John Ebdon, 1800" on half-title. ----- Grey 28, Wallis 28; Cohen, Introduction to Newton's "Principia" reprint, London, Dawson, 1969; not in Babson. FIRST EDITION of the SECOND ENGLISH translation of Newton's Principia. Although based on Motte's edition of 1729, Thorp's translation is considered by Cohen to be 'notably improved and amended.' This work is rare in the market. Only three copies are recorded at auctions in the past 40 years. *Robert Thorp (1736-1812), Church of England clergyman, later Arch Deacon of Durham and co founder of Durham University. **Rev. John Ebdon, curate of Trimdon, "a man of extensive literary aquirements both as a mathematician and divine" (Gentleman's Magazine, 1817). Bookseller Inventory # 002524

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Les oeuvres de M. Ambroise Paré, conseiller: PARÉ, Ambroise
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Item Description: chez Gabriel Buon, Paris, 1575. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio (347 x 225 mm). [20], 945, [45] pp. Title within engraved architectural border of the arms of France, portrait of the author to verso of leaf *3, woodcut initials, head and tail-pieces, several woodcut illustrations in text, privilege and errata leaf bound at end. Without the final blank. Signatures: *6 **4 a-z6 A-Z6 Aa-Zz6 AA-NN6 OO4 (-OO4 blank). Later half calf, spine with 6 raised bands and gilt-lettered morocco label in first compartment (spine ends scuffed, boards rubbed and chipped, extremities worn, corners heavily bumped, hinges split but firm). Internally only little browned, occasional minor spotting, title-page little soiled and stained at outer margins and with small paper slip pasted over old signature at top margin, small waterstain to pp. 317-20, upper blank corner of O3 torn, leaf Qq1 with large brown stain and small holes affecting a few letters of text, last few leaves with light marginal waterstainings. Provenance: Grangier Jesuite (signature to lower title); Nancy, Collegio Nancei Societatis Jesu (inscription on title-page). All in all, a sound copy with ample margins and completely unrestored. ---- Waller 7171; Doe 29; NLM/Durling 3530; Wellcome I, 4819; USTC 29582; Garrison-M. 4750, Heirs of Hippocrates 271 (1582 latin ed.). EXCESSIVELY RARE FIRST EDITION of Paré's collected works, with several illustrations printed here for the first time. Only two complete copy recorded at auctions in the past 30 years (e.g. Sothebys, May 18, 2010, sold for EUR 132,750). Most copies that have appeared on the market had issues such as lacking or supplied text leaves. The work is profusely illustrated with almost 300 woodcut illustrations, including anatomical and surgical woodcuts, as well as woodcuts of "monsters" and zoological oddities. "Paré, of humble Huguenot beginnings and poorly educated, became the sixteenth century's outstanding surgeon and the greatest military surgeon before his fellow countryman, Larrey, more than two hundred years later. He began his studies as a barber-surgeon and at age nineteen, while working as a surgical dresser and assistant in a Paris hospital, he began to acquire the fund of practical knowledge for which he became a legend in his own time. Probably his best known innovations were his discarding the use of boiling oil in gunshot wounds and the reintroduction of simple ligature instead of red hot cautery after amputation. He invented many surgical and dental instruments and was especially adept at devising ingenious artificial limbs" (Heirs of Hippocrates). "He was the first to suggest that syphilis is a cause of aneurysm. He popularized the truss, introducted artifical limbs, and (in dentistry) re-implantation of the teeth" (Garrison-Morton). The 'Oeuvres' was Paré's pride and joy and his most important work. "He had taken much care in its preparation, it was on good paper, he had good printers, fine woodcuts, and although more than half of it had already been published in earlier works it contained his care of gunshot wounds, which is still of more than passing importance. The book was subjected to much ridicule by the Faculty of Medicine as they wished to suppress its publication. Under a law written in 1533 they had the right to review and censor any book written on a medical subject. Gourmelin, Dean of the Faculty tried his best to suppress the book, but he was not successful because Paré was a favorite of the Royal House. Paré wrote a fifteen page pamphlet in defense of the material in his book in such a forthright, honest manner that he apparently won a victory. At least he was not defeated since the book was published in its entirety and sold out in a very short time . He defended himself by saying he was writing in his native language as Galen and Hippocrates had in theirs; that he had given credit to the ancients for their teachings; and credit to his contemporaries who had contributed approved treatments for the good of the patient; . Bookseller Inventory # 002518

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ABERNETHY, John

Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London (1819)

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Item Description: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1819. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (212 x 130 mm). [2], 66 pp. Modern red half morocco over cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Text little age-toned, occasional minor spotting. Provenance: The library of Hugh Selbourne. FIRST EDITION. Bookseller Inventory # 002422

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BELL, Charles

Published by William Pickering, London (1837)

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Item Description: William Pickering, London, 1837. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 4th Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (214 x 133 mm). xvi, 368 pp. Illustrated in text with wood-engravings. Fine contemporary calf, spine decoated in gilt and with morocco labels lettered in gilt, boards ruled in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Text bright with onlyy very minor spotting in places. Provenance: John Jervis Tollemache, 1st Baron Tollemache (armorial bookplate with motto "Confido Conquiesco" to front pastedown); The library of Hugh Selbourne. A fine copy. ---- Garrison-Morton 411.1; Norman 175 (both for first edition). Fourth edition of the "classic work on the anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics, comparative anatomy, and adaptive importance of the hand" (Garrison-M.). The fourth book in the series of Bridgewater Treatises. Bookseller Inventory # 002420

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ROSCOE, Henry

Published by Cassell & Co., London (1895)

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Item Description: Cassell & Co., London, 1895. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (181 x118 mm). 212 pp. Frontispiece of John Dalton and 2 folding facsimiles (letter by Dalton and an Explanation of atomic Symbols). Original publisher's boards, lettered in gilt. Text very little foxed in places. Provenance: The library of Hugh Selbourne. Presentation copy signed by the author on first flyleaf "Presented to the Owens College Student's Bazaar 1898. ---- FIRST EDITION? Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe FRS (7 January 1833 - 18 December 1915) was an English chemist. He is particularly noted for early work on vanadium and for photochemical studies. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 002481

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Aurelii Cornelii Celsi Medicine libri octo.: CELSUS, Aurelius Cornelius

CELSUS, Aurelius Cornelius

Published by Luc' Antonio Giunta, Venice (1524)

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Item Description: Luc' Antonio Giunta, Venice, 1524. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. 10 March 1524. Folio (320 x 212 mm). [4], 44 (of 45) leaves (lacking fol. 15). Without final blank. Signatures: ¿4 a-e8(-b7) f6(-f6). Colophon: "Venetiis mandato & impe[n]sis Domini Luce Antonii Junta.M.D.XXIIII. Die. X martii" Decorative woodcut initials throughout, large woodcut device on colophon. 18th century calf (hinges repaired, boards and extremities worn). Text with light dampstaining throughout, title and preliminaries a bit soiled and browned, otherweise only little browned, small hole not touching text in title-leaf, a few ink annotations in contemporary hand. The missing leaf 15 was torn off from binding with portion left at gutter. Provenance: Hugh Selbourne (small ink stamp to verso title-page); Robert Ramsay (inscription to front pastedown). ---- Norman 427; NLM/Durling 907; not in Adams or Wellcome. FIRST GIUNTA EDITION, very rare. Celsus' De medicina, written c. 30 C.E., is the oldest Western medical document after the Hippocratic writings, the earliest major medical treatise written in Latin to survive, and the first of the treatises on medicine from the ancient world to be published in English. Prior to this edition of Celsus, fragments of Hippocrates, such as the Hippocratic Oath, were translated into English, but virtually all of Hippocrates, Galen and other classical writers on medicine and surgery waited until the nineteenth or twentieth century to be translated. Celsus remains the most important source of present-day knowledge of medicine in the Roman empire. (Prioreschi, A History of Medicine vol III, pp 182-211). "Celsus' eight books on medicine originally formed parts of a larger encyclopedic work entitled Artes, compiled in the first century A.D. De medicina deals with diseases treatable by diet and regimen, and with those amenable to drugs and surgery. In the first category are the earliest references to insanity (insania) and heart disease (cardiacus), while the surgical chapters contain the first accounts of the use of ligature, excellent descriptions of lateral lithotomy and herniotomy, and the earliest discussion, in reference to the repair of mutilations, of what we now call plastic surgery." (Norman, 424, referring to first 1478 edition). Bookseller Inventory # 002454

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Experimental Researches in Electricity . . .: FARADAY, Michael

FARADAY, Michael

Published by Bernard Quaritch, London (1878)

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Item Description: Bernard Quaritch, London, 1878. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 3 volumes. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1839, 1844, 1855 (but 1878-1882). 8vo (220 x 145 mm). viii, 574; viii, 302; viii, 588 pp. 17 engraved plates (13 folding), woodcut diagrams in text, half-titles in vols. 2 and 3 (not called for in vol. 1), no advertisement leaf at end of vol. 1. Original publisher's green pebbled cloth with spine lettered in gilt. Uncut and largely unopened. Text very clean, crisp and virtually unfoxed. Provenance: The library of Hugh Selbourne. An outstanding, well preserved and greatly unsophisticated copy, with only a few gatherings opened. ---- PMM 308, Horblit 29; Norman 762 (all for 1st ed.); DSB IV, 527-40. QUARITCH REPRINT of the FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, with line "Facsimile Reprint" to title-pages. Containing the 29 papers published by Faraday in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society between 1832 and 1852. The collection includes all of Faraday's most important contributions to the fields of electricity, electro-magnetic induction and magnetism. The author's epoch-making discovery of the means to generate electricity by electro-magnetic induction is the principle behind the dynamo and the transformer, and the foundation of the modern electrical industry. The experiments that Faraday recorded in this paper marked the begining of his "great series of investigations into electricity" (PMM), through which he established the identity of all types of electricity, the magnetic properties of the earth and his theory of "lines" or "tubes" of magnetic force, "the starting point for the revolutionary theories of Clerk Maxwell and later of Einstein" (PMM). Bookseller Inventory # 002463

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Des caractères extérieurs des minéraux. / Recherches: ROME DE L'ISLE

ROME DE L'ISLE / HALLÉ, Jean Noël

Published by Chez l'Auteur, Didot jeune, & Barrois jeune / L'Imprimerie de Ph.-D. Pierres, Paris (1784)

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Item Description: Chez l'Auteur, Didot jeune, & Barrois jeune / L'Imprimerie de Ph.-D. Pierres, Paris, 1784. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Des caractères extérieurs des minéraux. Paris: Chez l'Auteur, Didot jeune, & Barrois jeune, 1784. [4], 82, [2] pp., including half-title, 3 large folding printed tables and 1 folding plate of crystal structures (misbound at end of second work). [Bound with:] II. HALLÉ, Jean Noël. Recherches sur la nature et les effets du méphitisme des fosses d'aisance. Paris: L'Imprimerie de Ph.-D. Pierres, 1785. [2], 184 pp. 8vo (188x 125 mm). Contemporary half calf, spine decoated in gilt and with gilt-lettered red morocco label (boards and extremities rubbed, corners chipped and bumped), marbled endpapers, red-coloured edges. Text crisp and virtually unspotted, some soiling to p.45 of second work. Fine copy of two rare works. ---- I. Hoover 689; DSB XI, p.522. VERY RARE FIRST EDITION of Rome de l'Isle's work on the external characteristics of minerals, which was meant as a supplement to his Cristallographie published one year before. In this work, "he stated his firm belief that form, density, and hardness were sufficient criteria to permit the identification of any mineral species." (DSB). II. EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST EDITION with no copy recorded at auctions in the past 50 years. A work on the nature and origin of noxious and poisonous gases produced in cesspools. Jean Noël Hallé (1754-1822) was a French physician, professor of physical medicine and health at the École de Santé, and afterwards a professor at the Collège de France. He was a member of the French Académie Nationale de Médecine, and in 1795 was elected to the Académie des sciences, becoming its president in 1813. He was also "first-physician" to Napoleon Bonaparte. Hallé was a pioneer of hygienic reform in France, and a catalyst towards educating others as to its importance. He created distinctions between public and individual hygiene, and initiated studies and awareness involving the multiple issues that involve hygiene, such as contagious diseases, health in the workplace, and problems associated with living in a high density urban environment, to name a few (Wiki). Bookseller Inventory # 002539

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Lecons sur les maladies de la peau: CAZENAVE, Pierre Loius

CAZENAVE, Pierre Loius Alphee

Published by Labé, Paris (1856)

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Item Description: Labé, Paris, 1856. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio (545 x 345 mm). [4], 233 [1], [2] pp., including half-title, final leaf of index and 60 colored engraved plates, partly finished in hand (numbered 1 to 59 and 25bis). Contemporary three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, spine with 5 raised bands gilt-decorated and gilt-lettered in compartments, boards also ruled in gilt (light rubbing to spine and extremities, corners bumped), top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Leaves untrimmed. Internally crisp and clean with only very little age-toning, occasional finger-soiling. An outstanding, unstained, unfoxed and unmarked copy. ---- Goldschmid, p.176; Garrison-M. 3992.1; Wellcome II, p.317; Richter, p.207. FIRST EDITION, published in several installments over a period of 12 years. Therefore, complete copies are rare. Cazenave issues 60 illustrations of skin diseases and syphilis in the systematics of Alibert, Plenck, Willan, Biett & Cazenave, including a beautifull image of a 'Lupus erythemateux'. This disease, Cazenave described for the first time in his 'Abrege' of 1838 and named it 1851 in his 'Annales'. According to Richter, Cazenave's work was complete only with the 1856 edition. 43 of the illustrations are by Bocourt and two by Jadin, drawn and stipple engraved in copper, printed in brownish color and completed in hand. Goldschmid mentions Gerard as colorists. The illustrations are consistently true-to-life in coloration and drawing style and of great artistic impact. Goldschmid considers the large Cazenave one of the best and most beautiful of all pathological works. "Cazenave was among the first to classify skin diseases on an anatomical basis . This large folio atlas is the most visually impressive of all his books." (Garrison-M 3992.1). Bookseller Inventory # 002529

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INSCRIBED AND DEDICATED TO HENRY: Meteorological Observations: DALTON, John

DALTON, John

Published by Printed by Harrison and Crosfield for Baldwin and Cradock, Manchester (1834)

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Item Description: Printed by Harrison and Crosfield for Baldwin and Cradock, Manchester, 1834. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (227 x 140 mm). xx, 244, [4] pp., including publisher's advertisements on final [4] pages. Original publisher's boards, printed paper label on spine (joints cracked and weakened, corners bumped). Pages opened but untrimmed. Text crisp and clean. Provenance: AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY inscribed "Dr. Henry with respects from the Author" on front free endpaper, The library of Hugh Selbourne. Fine unsophisticated dedication copy. ---- Wheeler Gift 582; Norman 574 (both for 1st ed.). SECOND EDITION. This work, according to Dalton himself, "contained the germs of most of the ideas afterwards expanded by him into discoveries." (DNB V, 428-34). It contains a series of essays on barometric pressure, storm patterns, temperature, the aurora borealis, among other meteorological matters. Of importance is his observations on evaporation, including his theory that diffusion of water vapor in the atmosphere was not a chemical process. Dalton dedicated this copy to his colleague and close friend, William Henry (1775-1836). Henry is best known for the law named after him which states that the solubility of a gas is directly proportional to the partial pressure of that gas over the solution (Henry's law). Already in 1803, Dalton had formulated that each gas in a mixture of gases exerts a pressure proportionate to the percentage of the gas and independent of the presence of the other gases present (law of partial pressures). That combined into Dalton-Henry law, which says that, in dissolving a mixture of gases, a liquid will absorb as much of each gas in the mixture as if that were the only gas dissolved - a fundamental principle that has become important to dive physiology and medicine nowadays. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 002478

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Della Fisionomia dell huomo del signor Giouanbattista: PORTA, Giambattista
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Item Description: Christoforo Tomasini, Venice, 1644. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (230 x 158 mm). [12], 570 (i.e. 572), [4] pp., lacking pages 95-110. Woodcut device on title, woodcut initials, two full-page woodcut portraits and 185 woodcut illustrations in text. 18th century speckled calf gilt (extremities a bit rubbed), boards ruled in gilt, upper board with gilt central supralibros of Lowther arms, marbled endpapers, red-coloured edges. Internally crisp and clean with only light dampstaining towards end, a few occasional paper flaws. Provenance: Hugh Cecil, Earl of Lonsdale (armorial bookplate to front pastedown); Hugh Selbourne (small ink stamp to verso title-page). Except for the missing leaves a very fine wide-margined copy. ---- Krivatsy 9189; Caillet 8858. Fine Italian edition, translated from the Latin by F. Montecuccoli, first published 1586 in Sorrento. Porta attempted to establish a scientific basis for the ancient art of physiognomy by comparing various human features with those of animals. His work was taken up in the eighteenth century by Lavater. "Porta was one of the pioneers of the scientific outlook, not himself a discoverer but a popularizer . We are prone to think today of physiognomy as antiscientific, but it was in fact a way of emphasizing the dependence of behavior on body, a sort of physiological psychology." (Diamond 23.5). Porta was denounced by the Neapolitan Inquisition for his interest in cryptography, astrology, and magic. Bookseller Inventory # 002453

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Fundamenta nov-antiqua theoriae medicae, ad naturae operas: LE MORT, Jacques
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Item Description: Jordaan Luchtmans, Leiden, 1700. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (161 x 100 mm). [38], 444, [52] pp., title-page with engraved illustration, including the final two blanks. Signatures: *8 **? ***? A-HH? Contemporary vellum, blind rules and central arabesque to boards (upper hinge split but holding, vellum soiled, corners scuffed). Internally little browned, occasional spotting and marginal dust soiling, faint dampstainings to title and few other leaves. Provenance: Paul Musyck, Tongres (stamp to first flyleaf). ---- NLM/Krivatsy 8121. FIRST EDITION, exceedingly rare. The chemist and Dutch Cartesian Jacques Le Mort (1650-1718) worked in the laboratory of Glauber in Amsterdam and succeeded Card Maets, the chemistry professor at the University of Leiden in the 1690s. "He was familiar with Boyle's writings, imbued with the atomic theory, and followed Descartes in paying special attention to the shapes of the particles" (Partington II, 737). Bookseller Inventory # 002554

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Collection de thèses médico-chirurgicales, sur les points: HALLER, Albrecht von
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Item Description: Vincent, Paris, 1757. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. 1757-1760. 5 volumes. 12mo (165 x 96 mm). xi [1], 449 [3] pp. and 1 plate; [4], 414 (i.e. 412) pp. and 1 plate; [4], 449 [1], [2] pp. and 1 plate; [2] 480 pp.; [2] 435 [1] pp. and 1 plate. Contemporary mottled French calf, spines ritchly decorated in gilt and with gilt-lettered morocco labels (only little wear to extremities), red-colored edges, marbled endpapers. Internally only little browned, occasional minor spotting, a few pencil marginalia in vol. 5. A fine set, rarely found complete as here. ---- NLM/Blake p.195; Wellcome III, p.199; Conlon 57:829. FIRST FRENCH EDITION edited by Marquart of a collection of 163 inaugural theses and other medical tracts on surgery, partly presided by Haller in Göttingen. Haller's object was to illustrate a single disease, fatal cases where a post mortem had been made or where some trusty remedy had cured the patient. The in all 163 dissertations, ranging from 1666 to 1752, are presided over by Haller and such famous physicians as Lorenz Heister, Bernard Friedrich Albinus, Alexander Camerarius, Johann Sigismund Elsholtz, Jacob Benignus Winslow, Johann Adam Kulmus, and Friedrich Hoffmann. The collection is valuable as showing the subjects which interested surgeons during this period. They would have been lost to posterity if Haller had not preserved those which he considered to be the best either, as he says, on account of the full and accurate descriptions of disease, of new instruments invented or of unusual precautions adopted. Edition originale de la traduction par H.J. Macquart des "Disputationes chirurgicae selectae" (Lausanne, 1755-56) ou choix de thèses soutenues dans divers pays européens, réunies et éditées par le physiologiste allemand A. von Haller (1708-1777). Bookseller Inventory # 002557

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Malaria: An Essay on the Production and: MACCULLOCH, John

Item Description: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, London, 1827. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (216 x 132 mm). iv, [2], [1]-480 pp. Errata leaf. Later half calf over cloth, spine with gilt morocco label (rubbing to spine and boards, corners bumped). Internally clean, very little spotting in places. Provenance: Oxford, Bodleian library (armorial bookplate signed " "E. BIBL. RADCL." to front pastedown and deaccession stamp); The library of Hugh Selbourne. ---- Wellcome IV, p.7. - FIRST EDITION. John MacCulloch (1773-1835) was a Scottish surgeon and geologist, president of the Geological Society from 1816 to 1818, and fellow of the Royal Society. "MacCulloch inquiring mind and interest in medicine lasted throughout his life. His principal piece of medical research on malaria gained him great credit . and it is still a valuable contribution the the history of tropical medicine. This and his work on remittent and intermittent fevers, a reviewer commented, 'brought together such an amount of curious and instructive information as has rarely been collected on any one medical subject'. The work is presented as the study of the natural history of a disease and he stresses the significance of the environment in the spread of malaria, a term first used by MacCulloch." (C. J. Duffin et al., A history of geology and medicine, Geol. Soc. London, 2013, p.406). Bookseller Inventory # 002421

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Abhandlung über Perkussion und Auskultation.: SKODA, Joseph

SKODA, Joseph

Published by J. G. Ritter von Mösle's Witwe & Braumüller, Vienna (1839)

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Item Description: J. G. Ritter von Mösle's Witwe & Braumüller, Vienna, 1839. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (217 x 133 mm). xviii, [2], 271 [1] pp. Contemporary quarter cloth over speckled boards, printed paper spine label (spine ends chipped, extremities worn, corners bumped). Internally slightly browned, occasional light spotting including to title-page, a few scattered small ink stains. Provenance: Dr. Leo Klemperer (signature to front flyleaf). ---- Heirs of Hippocrates 1676; Garrison-Morton 2676; Waller 8978; Wellcome 3024616; Hirsch-Hubotter V, 429. FIRST EDITION. Joseph Skoda (1805-1881) "classified the various sounds obtained on percussion according to their musical pitch and tone. Skoda's resonance is an important diagnostic sign in pneumonia and pericardial effusion. Following Skoda's work percussion at last gained general acceptance as a diagnostic procedure" (Garrison-Morton). "Skoda was born in Bohemia and studied medicine in Vienna where he eventually became one of the leading teachers of the revitalized Vienna school of medicine. His collaboration with Rokitansky . helped place the New Vienna School at the leading edge of the advancement of medical knowledge. Skoda's discoveries and observations in this area of clinical diagnosis were included in the present work which went through six editions and was translated into English in 1853." (Eimas, Heirs of Hippocrates 1676). Bookseller Inventory # 002526

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Traité de Minéralogie.: HAÜY, René Just

HAÜY, René Just

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Item Description: Louis, Paris, 1801. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Four text volumes, 8vo (198 x 126 mm) and one atlas volume, oblong 4to (226 x 249 mm). [4], lvi, 494, [2]; [4], 617 [1], [2]; [4], 588 [2]; [4], 592 [2] pp, including half-titles and errata slips in each volume. Atlas volume [8], 10, [2] pp and 86 engraved plates. Bound in contemporary half mottled calf, spines elaborately tooled in gilt, red and green gilt morocco lettering pieces (little wear to extremities, corners scuffed and bumped, upper spine of vol. I and lower spine of vol. IV repaired). Little age-toning and very minor occasional spotting in text, faint dampstaining to blank margin of title-page and few leaves in vol. IV. The plates clean and virtually unfoxed. Provenance: signed by the publisher beneath the "Extrait du Decret concernant les Contrefacteurs" on the verso of the half-title in volume I. All in all a fine, crisp and clean copy, rarely found in uniform binding of the atlas and text volumes as here. ---- Roller-G. I, 521; Honeyman 1627; Hoover 391; En Francais dans le texte 176; DSB VI, p.178. - FIRST EDITION. In 1801, Haüy published "his main work, Traité de Minéralogie, the first volume of which presented his crystal theory; in the three subsequent volumes, he expounded his system of mineral classification." (DSB). In this work, he revised the nomenclature of minerals as well as describing his discovery of the geometrical law of crystallization. This is the man who truly founded and developed the science of crystallography and, as Adams says, was simple, modest, a lover of learning, whose attention was directed to the study of mineralogy almost by chance. In handling a group of calcite crystals at the home of a friend, Hauy accidentally dropped them. When he re-examined the broken prism he noticed a new form, bounded by faces as smooth and shining as the original. "A new light broke upon the subject" (Hoover). Bookseller Inventory # 002537

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Atlas portatilis coelestis. Oder compendiöse Vorstellung des: ROST, Johann

ROST, Johann

Published by Adelbulner für Christoph Weigel, Nürnberg (1723)

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Item Description: Adelbulner für Christoph Weigel, Nürnberg, 1723. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (184 x 115 mm). [12], 362, [22] pp., double-page title printed in red and black, 38 engraved and hand-coloured plates (1 double-page). Contemporary calf (spine ends restored, corners bumped and scuffed, upper joint cracked but firm). Internally very little age-toned, occasional very minor spotting, pale brown stain to the top margin of few leaves; little worming to endpapers and left edge of title; title slightly finger-soiled. Provenance: Montalegre for Gottfried Polycarp Müller (1684-1747), Rektor in Zittau and Bischof der Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine (bookplate to front pastedown). A fine, clean and bright copy. ---- Warner, Sky explored 212; Linda Hall, Out of This World, 23; Dünnhaupt 1638, 26. FIRST EDITION. This astronomical atlas, which adopted the style of Hevelius, features handcolored astronomical diagrams and constellations. The double-page engraving XVI shows the full moon after Hevelius. Rost (1688-1727), who studied under Wurzelbaur and was a corresponding member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences, is also known for his Astronomisches Handbuch (1718), which is regarded as the first rigorous scientific introduction to astronomy in the German language. Der Nürnberger Astronom Johann Leonhard Rost (1688-1725) brachte 1718 ein "Astronomisches Handbuch" heraus, "das erste streng wissenschaftliche Compendium in deutscher Sprache . Recht tüchtige Leistungen sind auch der Atlas coelestis portativus ." (ADB XXIX, p.274). Tafeln 1-15 und 17-24 schematisch, 16 mit doppelblattgrosser Mondkarte, 25-38 zeigen je 2-3 figürliche Sternbilder. Bookseller Inventory # 002532

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On Liberty.: MILL, John Stuart

MILL, John Stuart

Published by John W. Parker and Son, London (1859)

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Item Description: John W. Parker and Son, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (202 x 120 mm). 207 [1], [8] pp., including 8 pp. publisher's advertisements at end. Original publisher's plum cloth with blind-stamped borders and spine lettered in gilt (spine slightly sun-faded, extremities and boards little rubbed), original red-brown endpapers. Pages untrimmed. Internally only little age-toned and with very minor occasional foxing. Provenance: Simms at Bath, bookseller and stationer (blind stamp embossed in first flyleaf). A fine, clean and unusually well preserved copy. ---- PMM 345; Schumpeter, pp. 430, 528. - FIRST EDITION of a key work by Mill, partially based on Utilitarian doctrine, remarkable for establishing philosophically the virtue of the liberty of the individual as an absolute good for the community as a whole, rather than simply as a relative virtue, in relation to tyranny and oppression. Mill's "most widely read book . represents the final stage in the growth of Utilitarian doctrine . Mill realized that the 'greatest good' of the community is inseparable from the liberty of the individual. Hitherto, liberty had always been considered relative, in relation to tyranny or oppression: Mill extended tyranny to include a custom-ridden majority, and declared that 'the sole end for which mankind is justified in interfering with liberty of action is self-protection.' . Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought or speech have never been improved on. He was the first to recognize the tendency of a democratically elected majority to tyrannize over a minority, and his warning against it has a contemporary ring: 'We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and, if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still'." (PMM 345). Bookseller Inventory # 002527

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Theory of the Earth; or an Investigation: HUTTON, James

HUTTON, James

Published by J. Dickson, Edinburgh (1788)

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Item Description: J. Dickson, Edinburgh, 1788. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 1 (1788), pp. 210-304 [2], including 2 engraved plates and extra leaf of plate explanation bound after. Edinburgh: J. Dickson, 1788. 4to (265 x 210 mm). Entire volume: xii, 100, 1-304 [2] 305-336, 1-209 [3] pp., general title with engraved vignette, final errata leaf and 4 engraved plates. Text only very little browned, occasonal slight foxing (mainly to first leaves, the Hutton paper only little affected). Contemporary tree calf, gilt red morocco spine label (hinges cracked but firm, volume label gone, extremities rubbed). [Joined]: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 2 (1790), viii, [2], 80, 244, 267 [1] pp., 1 folding letterpress table and 9 engraved plates (7 folding); Vol. 3 (1794), vii [1], 148, 279 [1], 162 [2] pp., 22 engraved plate (14 folding); and Vol. 4 (1798), vii [1], 39 [1], 87 [1], 222, 121 [3] pp., 12 engraved plates (7 folding). All contemporarily bound in tree calf with gilt-lettered red morocco labels and blue-sprinkled edges. With errata leaf to each volume, but bound without general half titles. Very little browning to text, occasional minor foxing. Provenance: James Whatman (armorial bookplate to front pastedowns); The library of Hugh Selbourne (small ink stamp to titles verso and p.51). A fine set in uniform contemporary binding, printed on strong paper. Completely unrestored, unstained and unmarked. ---- Dibner 93; Sparrow 107; Norman 1130 (offprint); PMM 247 (note); ESTC T145935, T145936, T145937, T153067; Challinor 40; Ward & Carozzi 1161. - FIRST PUBLICATION OF HUTTON'S FAMOUS PAPER NOW REGARDED AS THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN GEOLOGY. Hutton's paper was expanded into a three-volume work, Theory of the Earth in 1795, published shortly before his death. His fundamental conception - now accepted as a matter of course, but then entirely new - was the doctrine of uniformitarianism. The formation of the surface of the earth is one continuous process which can be studied entirely from terrestrial materials without cosmological or supernatural intervention (PMM). The paper is divided into four parts: the first demonstrates that the Earth is a unique creation by a divine Creator consisting of core, water, crust and air, all of which in turn are governed by basic powers such as centrifugal forces, light, heat, cold and condensation, all of which keep the Earth in balance; part II deals with the consolidation of strata, refuting the theory of aqueous solution and crystallization, substituting heat and fusion as the relevant processes; the third part investigates land production above sea level, demonstrating subterranean heat is universal and sufficient to achieve uplift; and finally, Hutton rejects catastrophism, and embraces a uniformitarian view whereby processes observable in the present have always been at work in the past, and will continue to do so in the future. "It firmly established the conception of the geological cycle and insisted on the length of geological time." (Challinor p.69). A few other important papers by Hutton are contained in the other volumes of the Transactions. One of the more important is his 'Observations on granite' (presented to members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and published in vol. III of the Transactions in 1794), in which he shares his views on the origin of igneous rocks. "During his field work, Hutton was able to find unequivocal evidence to show that molten granite had invaded the surrounding stratified rock, that is to say it was intrusive igneous rock of younger age than the country rocks. This represents the first demonstration of the class of rocks that we now refer to as intrusive igneous rocks" (M. Brown & P. M. Piccoli, The Origin of Granites and related Rocks, Abstracts Third Hutton Symposium, 1995, p. 1). Bookseller Inventory # 002506

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Item Description: printed for Thomas and George Underwood, London, 1827. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (208 x 132 mm). xxxi [1], 470 [2] pp. 2 colour-printed engraved plates (one as frontispiece bound before title), one folding letterpress table. Contemporary fine green half calf over marbled boards by John Pritchard, spine gilt with red morocco label lettered in gilt. Text only little age-toned, occasional minor spotting. Provenance: Earl Newborough (armorial bookplate with motto "Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo" to front pastedown); The library of Hugh Selbourne. ---- SECOND EDITION, corrected and enlarged. Bookseller Inventory # 002419

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Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure: WATSON, James D.;
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Item Description: MacMillan and Co., London, 1953. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. In: Nature. A Weekly Journal of Science. Vol. 171. London: MacMillan and Co., 1953. 4to (248 x 174 mm). pp. 737-738, 738-740, 740-741, 964-967, several illustrations in text. Entire volume: [2], iii-lxv, 1168 pp. Contemporary cloth, gilt-lettered spine (hinges repaired, little rubbing to extremities). Library stamp and two small tickets to general volume title and p.46. Binding tight, text very little age-toned, clean and unmarked. ---- Dibner 200; Norman 534; Heirs of Hippocrates 2342; Garrison-M. 256.3; 256.4; 256.8; 752.1. - FIRST EDITION OF THE GROUNDBREAKING ARTICLES ON THE STRUCTURE OF DNA. Watson and Crick published their first article on the structure of DNA in Nature vol 171 no 4356. This issue also contained articles by Wilkins, Stokes and Wilson and Franklin and Gosling. Questions about their methodologies led Watson and Crick to publish the second article in Nature vol 171 no 4361, in which they would argue confidently that they had uncovered the "molecular basis of the template needed for genetic reproduction." In 1962, Crick, Watson and Wilkins received the Nobel Prize "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nuclear acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.". Bookseller Inventory # 002551

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The Origin of Species by Means of: DARWIN, Charles

DARWIN, Charles

Published by John Murray, London (1872)

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Item Description: John Murray, London, 1872. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 6th Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (182 x 117 mm). xxi [1], 458 pp. Includes half-title and one folding lithographed plate facing p.91. Original publisher's green cloth, gilt spine, lettering, embossed border at covers (inner hinges partly cracked, slight fraying of spine ends, very light rubbing of extremities). Owner's signature to upper blank margin of title, occasional scattered spotting (mostly to first and last leaves), otherwise clean and unmarked. All in all a fine copy. ---- THE VERY RARE FIRST PRINTING OF THE SIXTH EDITION. "The sixth edition, which is usually regarded as the last, appeared in February 1872. Murray's accounts show that 3,000 copies were printed, but this total presumably included both those with eleventh thousand on the title page and those with twelfth, the latter being notably less common. It is again extensively revised and contains a new chapter, VII. This was inserted to confute the views of the Roman Catholic biologist St George Mivart. The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller type, the volume shorter again and giving the general impression of a cheap edition, which at 7s. 6d. it was. The title changes to The origin of species, and a glossary, compiled by W. S. Dallas, appears. It is in this edition that the word 'evolution' occurs for the first time. It had been used in the first edition of The descent of man in the previous year, but not before in this work. 'Evolved' had been the last word of the text in all previous editions, but 'evolution' had been omitted, perhaps to avoid confusion with the use of the word by Herbert Spencer or with its more particular embryological meaning. The word had however been used in its transformist sense by Lyell as early as 1832 (Principles of geology, Vol. II, p. 11). In this edition it occurs twice on page 201 and three times on page 424." (John van Wyhe, ed. 2002-. The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online). Bookseller Inventory # 002528

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Summa collationum, sive communiloquium.: GALLENSIS, Johannes (JOHN

GALLENSIS, Johannes (JOHN OF WALES)

Published by Ulrich Zell, Cologne (1470)

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Item Description: Ulrich Zell, Cologne, 1470. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Cologne: Ulrich Zell, c. 1470. 4to (210 x 145 mm). 262 unnumbered and unsigned leaves (complete). Collation: [a-z8 A-I8 K6]. Gothic Type in 27 lines. Red-painted lombards. Contemporary South German calf binding over wooden boards with fine single stamps (flower pot, two-headed eagle, krowned Maria initials) and fine embossed brass fittings. Spine and endpapers renewed, movable parts of the clasps removed. Outer margins partly with minor browning or spotting, few small damages in blank margins backed with paper. Provenance: First leaf with 17th century inscription of the Carmelits Santa Barbara at Würzburg; Bookplate Victor von Stedingk. Beautiful and well-preserved copy on strong and wide-margined paper. ---- FIRST EDITION AND OF GREATEST RARITY. Only one copy is recorded at auctions in the past 50 years. The first printed book mentioning chess, comparing man's life with a chess play (Mundus iste totus quoddam scaccarium est). The more famous book on chess by William Caxton was printed some years later, in 1476. (Ehn/Kastner). The dating of the editio princeps is difficult as no such details are printed in the colophon. The dating by Historians range from 1466 to 1472 (see V. Scholderer and Voulliéme). John of Wales was a Franciscan theologian who wrote several well-received Latin works, primarily preaching aids, in Oxford and Paris in the late-thirteenth century. Through his communiloquium without systematic claim, John of Wales aims to provide preachers of his time material for moral edification, setting a focus on the ancient writers, and to make them familiar with their obligations and moral patterns of behaviour. (BBKL III, 385ff). Of vital importance today however is the longer passage about the morality of the chess play. In the typical chess symbolism of the Middle Ages, Johannes Gallensis compares life to a chess game: "The world resembles a chess-board which is chequered white and black, the colours showing the two conditions of life and death, or praise and blame. The chessmen are men of the world who have a common birth, occupy different stations and hold different titles in this life, who contend together, and finally have a common fate which levels all ranks. The King often lies under the other pieces in the bag." (Mark Weeks, Chessforallages blogspot). According to Lasa, the interpolated section about chess is present only in the first and the fifth edition of the communiloquiun (Lasa). In this editio princeps it occurs in part 1, distinction 10, chapter 7. Exactly this passage is found in MS 2253, fol. 135v¿136r, a manuscript dated ca. 1340 in the British Library's Harleian Collection (see S. Fein, MS Harley 2253, Art. 109). For the English translation of the manuscript text on chess play, which is identical to the passage in the communiloquium, see online at d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/fein-harley2253-volume-3-article-109. Literature: Fein, S. et al. (Editors). The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript, Volume 3, 2015. Lasa, T. von der. Literatur und Geschichte des Schachspiels, Leipzig 1897, pp. 70-75. Murray H. J. R. A. History of Chess, London: Oxford University Press, 1913, 530-4. Ehn, M. & Kastner, H. Alles über Schach, 2010, Schlütersche, p. 401. Swanson, J. H. John of Wales - A study of the works and ideas of a thirteenth-century friar. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989, (on chess, see p.98). Beltrán, E. Christine de Pizan, Jacques Legrand et le "Communiloquium" de Jean de Galles. In: Romania. Revue trimestrielle consacrée à l'étude des langues et des littératures romanes 104 (1983), pp. 208-228. Rauner, E. Johannes Gallensis. In: LexMA, V, 1991, Sp. 577. Hain *7440. GW M13986. Goff J 328. BMC I, 191. BSB I-574. Polain 2279. Voulliéme. Der Buchdruck Kölns bis zum Ende des fünfzehnten Jahrhunderts, 1903, 657. Scholderer, V. In Nat. Libr. of Wales J., 3 (1943-44), p.76. Bookseller Inventory # 002540

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Elémes de Chimie Médicale. Two volumes.: ORFILA, Mathieu Joseph

ORFILA, Mathieu Joseph

Published by chez Crochard, Paris (1817)

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Item Description: chez Crochard, Paris, 1817. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (193 x 121 mm). xxviii, 610 pp. and 12 engraved plates; xvi, 575 [1] pp. and 2 engraved plates. Contemporary tree calf, spines decorated in gilt and with gilt-lettered labels (boards rubbed, corners bumped, worming to boards and spine), marbled endpapers. Little age-toned internally, very minor occasional spotting. Fine set. ---- Duveen, p.440; Bolton I, 707. - FIRST EDITION of Orfila's textbook of medical chemistry which went through eight French editions and was translated into several languages. Mathieu Joseph Bonaventure Orfila (1787-1853) was a Minorcan-born French toxicologist and chemist, and the founder of the science of toxicology. He was appoined Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Paris in 1819. Bookseller Inventory # 002516

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