Engraved frontis. port. of Hauser. vi, 73,  pp. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (a little frayed, some foxing). Nürnberg: G. Eichhorn, 1830.
First edition and rare. In this work, Giehrl, a city official of Nuremberg, refutes the police report by Officer Merker who considered Hauser an impostor (although Merker had never seen Hauser).
Very good copy preserved in a box.
Engraved frontis. port. of Hauser. vi, 73,  pp. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (a little frayed, some foxing). Nürnberg: G. Eichhorn, 1830.
Engraved frontis. port. of Hauser (a little foxed). 3 p.l., 151 pp. 8vo, later green wrappers with large portions of the orig. wrappers pasted on. Anbach: J.M. Dollfuss, 1832.
First edition of the first critical summary of the ascertained details of Kaspar Hauser’s life. Feuerbach (1775-1833), one of the major legal scholars of Germany, was instrumental in the reform of the Bavarian penal code.
Very good copy and rare.
iv, 99 pp.; vi, 125 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. marbled boards (orig. printed wrappers bound in Vol. II), green leather lettering pieces on spines. Munich: E.A. Fleischmann, 1839.
Second edition, “vermehrte und verbesserte” (1st ed.: 1837). Caroline, Countess of Albersdorf, born Lady Graham, lived in Nuremberg and mistrusted the reasons for Lord Stanhope’s intense interest in Kaspar Hauser. Although the Countess changed her opinion several times regarding the probable origins of Hauser, she maintained a constant interest in his welfare. The present work is one of the most detailed early accounts of Hauser’s life and death. Her distrust of Stanhope never...
Printed throughout in italic. 197,  pp. Small 4to, cont. blind-stamped panelled goat-skin over wooden boards (upper joint with some careful repairs, first six leaves a little dampstained in upper section), orig. catches & clasps. Florence: L. Torrentini, July 1548.
First edition, and a nice copy, of this important work in historiography. Mylaeus (d. 1570), Swiss humanist, travelled in Germany, Turkey, and Italy and was a professor at Lyon. “The first scholar to attempt a compendium of the whole world seems to have been the Swiss humanist Christophorus Mylaeus [in the present work]…He discarded the traditional wisdom of the schools and rebuilt the system...
40 leaves (the final blank). Small folio (332 x 210 mm.), orig. paste-paper boards (spine & extremities somewhat worn), uncut. [Clausthal?: ca. 1815].
A fine and legible manuscript instructional manual on techniques and problems of mine surveying. The text is divided into five chapters: “Von der Vorbereitung zum Markscheiden” (“On preparations for measuring the area in which mining may be carried out”), “Von Bennenung der Gänge und Klüfte” (“On the naming of seams and fissures”), “Vom Observiren” (“On Observations”), “Vom Vermaß oder Verbestimmung eines Grubenfelds” (“On measuring and defining a mining claim”), and “Von Wasserfällen, Wasserleitungen und Tiefbau” (“On waterfalls, water conduits and underground mining”)...
Engraved frontis. & engraved title with a vignette of the author in Vol. I. 384,  pp.; 1 p.l., 470 pp. Two vols. Small 8vo, Vol. I in cont. marbled half-sheep & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine; Vol. II in a rather fine pastiche binding matching Vol. I. Leipzig: H. Gräff, 1799.
First edition and scarce. La Roche (1730-1807), was the first financially independent professional writer in Germany and her books were very influential. In 1783-84, she published one of the few significant early journals for women, the Pomona für Teutschlands Töchter. Through her daughter Maximiliane, she became the...
Engraved frontis. & engraved title. 642 pp., one leaf of errata. Small 8vo, cont. half-sheep & marbled boards, spine gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine. Berlin: E. Felisch, 1796.
First edition and rare. La Roche (1730-1807), was the first financially independent professional writer in Germany and her books were very influential. In 1783-84, she published one of the few significant early journals for women, the Pomona für Teutschlands Töchter. Through her daughter Maximiliane, she became the grandmother of Bettina von Arnim and Clemens Brentano.
La Roche wrote many travel books; no other German woman of the time had seen more countries...
Added engraved title-page (by J.M. Moreau le jeune). viii, 79 pp. 8vo, polished green vellum over boards. Paris: Basan & Chariot, 1775.
(—). Supplément au Catalogue des Estampes de la succession de feu M. Mariette, dont la vente a commencé le premier Février dernier, & laquelle continuera en Mai prochain, après la vente de Bibliothèque, qui finira le treize [May 1775]. 23 pp. 8vo. [Paris: 1775].
63 pp. 8vo, orig. marbled wrappers bound in later calf-backed marbled boards (spine rubbed), spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun, 1784.
(—). Supplément au Catalogue et Feuille de distribution de Tableaux des Ecoles de Flandres, de Hollande, et de France; Dessins, Estampes, Gouaches, Miniatures, Marbres, Bronzes, Porcelaines, & autres Objets de curiosité. Par J.B.P. Le Brun. La Vente s’en fera le Mercredi 14 Avril 1784, & jours suivans… 12 pp. 8vo. Paris: Lebrun, 1784.
One large & fine folding plate depicting the steam engine at Dannemora (two small & unimportant paper repairs on verso). Title printed in red & black. 4 p.l., 52 pp. Small 4to, early 20th-century marbled sheep (a few minor stains), upper cover lettered in gilt. Stockholm: B.G. Schneider, 1734.
First edition and rare. This is the first account of the first steam engine used for practical purposes outside of the United Kingdom. Martin Triewald (1691-1747), Swedish entrepreneur, engineer, and amateur physicist, came to London where he attended lectures on experimental philosophy by his friend and mentor Desaguliers. He “also assisted Newcomen with the erection...
19 leaves, written in a neat & legible hand. Small folio (305 x 190 mm.), orig. green paste-paper boards (upper cover detached, some light staining). [Probably Munich]: 1796.
A most interesting and apparently unpublished manuscript of a biography of Kunigunde of Austria (1465-1520), sister of Emperor Maximilian I and wife of Duke Albrecht IV of Bavaria, written in a neat German cursive script. The individual chapters are headed “Kunigunde’s birth and upbringing,” “Kunigunde’s betrothal,” “Of our Kunigunde’s special virtues,” “Kunigunde’s generosity towards her abbey and the Poor Sisters,” “The Roman Emperor Maximilian I visits Kunigunde his dear sister in Püttrich abbey,” and “Kunigunde’s pious death.”...
Calligraphic lithographed upper wrapper, lithographed leaf of table of contents, printed on both sides (a little foxed), & 24 finely colored lithographed plates. Oblong folio (400 x 490 mm.), cont. half-sheep (spine & corners with some wear). [Munich]: J.S. Hochwind, .
—. From legend at foot of second plate: Festspiele der Octoberfeste 1835 und 1836, welche unter der Leitung d. Turnlehrer Gruber ausgeführt wurden. Two folding & finely colored lithographed plates. [Munich: ca. 1836].
Circular silver photographic print, 92 mm. in diameter, mounted on paper incorporating a printed title and descriptive letterpress dated August 1890 with the signatures of two of Herschel’s sons, mounted on card. Some small areas of abrasions to the paper surface. In the original frame, by Ryman & Co. of Oxford, made from the rungs of the ladder to the telescope. With a fragment of an original (?) printed descriptive notice on the back.
This is the earliest photograph of a scientific instrument and the first photograph deliberately taken to record an object prior to its disappearance (the earliest “record” photograph). It is...
28 finely colored lithographed plates (11 double-page), all mounted on stubs. 4to, cont. cloth over boards, with the upper wrapper of the first “Lieferung” mounted. Bamberg: Verlag der Drausnick’sche Buch und Kunsthandlung, .
This rare and complete series of handsome lithographed plates, all with fine original coloring, depicts the public masquerade, a sort of “prequel” held just before Bamberg’s First Theresia Festival in 1833. Published in two installments they show a harlequin; the commander of the Krähwinklers (rubes, country bumpkins, small-town philistines, squares, stiffs, inhabitants of “dullsville”); a child’s baptism; the Tailor Cockatoo, Rumelpuff, the Fake Catalani, and Staberl (these are all...
Ten folding engraved plates. viii, 368 pp. Large 4to, orig. paste-paper wrappers (a bit frayed), printed paper label on spine, uncut. Paris: Bachelier, 1821.
First collected edition and quite scarce on the market. “Coulomb’s collected memoirs on mechanics. The first of these deals with simple machines and won the Academy prize of 1779. The second is a study of friction at pivots, and the third deals with torsion and the elasticity of metal wire. In the fourth memoir Coulomb discusses man’s ability to perform work, quoting Daniel Bernoulli and d’Alembert. The fifth memoir is devoted to windmills and the force of their...
Six folding engraved plates. lxviii, 260 pp.; vi, 290 pp.; xlviii, 263 pp. Three vols. 4to, cont. mottled calf (lower cover of Vol. II a little wormed), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: David, 1754-54-56.
First edition. “Devoted primarily to the motion of the moon (Volume II included a new set of lunar tables), it was written at least partially to guard d’Alembert's claims to originality against those of Clairaut. As was so often the case, d’Alembert's method was mathematically more sound, but Clairaut’s method was more easily used by astronomers.”–D.S.B., I, p. 114.
Two folding engraved plates. xlvi, 212 pp. 4to, cont. mottled calf (lower cover with a small abrasion), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David, 1752.
First edition of d’Alembert’s major contribution to fluid dynamics, in which “the differential hydrodynamic equations were first expressed in terms of a field and the hydrodynamic paradox was put forth…the essay was an important contribution. Hunter Rouse and Simon Ince have said that d’Alembert was the first ‘to introduce such concepts as the components of fluid velocity and acceleration, the differential requirements of continuity, and even the complex numbers essential to modern analysis of...
Four folding engraved plates. xxxviii, , 184 pp. 4to, cont. mottled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David l’aîné, 1749.
First edition of one of Alembert’s most important books. “During the late 1740’s, d’Alembert, Clairaut, and Euler were all working on the famous three-body problem, with varying success. D’Alembert’s interest in celestial mechanics thus led him, in 1749, to publish a masterly work, the Recherches sur la Précession des Equinoxes…The precession of the equinoxes, a problem previously attacked by Clairaut, was very difficult. D’Alembert’s method was similar to Clairaut’s but he employed more terms in his integration...
Engraved vignette on title, one engraved headpiece, & two folding engraved plates. 4 p.l., xxviii, 194, 138 pp. 4to, cont. mottled calf (head of spine with a small chip, several signatures browned or foxed), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David l’aîné, 1747.
First edition (?). This and the Berlin edition of the same year (with Latin text only) are both variously claimed as the true first edition, and it is perhaps logical to suppose that a prize-winning essay should appear first under the imprint of the prize-giver. However, the imprimatur of the French Académie des Sciences was granted...
Engraved vignette on title & four folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., xxvi, , 186,  pp. 4to, cont. marbled calf (extremities a trifle worn, preliminary leaves a bit discolored), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David l’aîné, 1743.
First edition, and a fine copy, of d’Alembert’s masterpiece on dynamics; this has become a scarce book on the market. “The Traité de dynamique, which has become the most famous of his scientific works, is significant in many ways. First, it is clear that d’Alembert recognized that a scientific revolution had occurred, and he thought that he was doing the job of...
Lithographed frontispiece of Lenoir by Lasteyrie in Vol. I. Vol. I: 1–99 leaves; Vol. II: 98–279 leaves; Vol. III: 278bis–328 leaves; Vol. IV: 1–168 leaves; Vol. V: 169–253 leaves. Five vols. Small folio (ca. 335 x 220 mm.), Vols. I-IV disbound, Vol. V in cont. cloth-backed paste-paper boards (extremities worn). Paris: ca. 1830.
A remarkable discovery: the unpublished working manuscript, with numerous corrections and additions, of Alexandre Lenoir (1761-1839), the controversial director of the revolutionary Musée des Monuments Français, antiquary, and critic. This manuscript remains unstudied in its entirety. While the manuscript was evidently prepared to be sent to the printer, Lenoir clearly could not let it...
Several small woodcuts in the text. 12 p.l., 128 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. blue boards, uncut. Stockholm: L. Salvius, 1761.
First edition and very rare. Polhem (1661-1751), the father of Swedish technology, was a pioneer in the mass production of replaceable machine parts, which he made with great precision and accuracy. He made other important contributions to applied mechanics, mining engineering, the construction of canals and docks, building materials and the construction of buildings, and the manufacturing of textiles. Polhem also established a mechanical laboratory for the development and construction of machines, technical instruments, astronomical clocks, etc.
This title of this posthumously published work, edited by his son Gabriel, can be translated as “Patriotic Testament, or Information on Iron, Steel, Brass, Tin and Lead for Those who want to start Industries in these Fields. Including a list of all his Mechanical Inventions,” is the best account by Polhem of his numerous achievements and provides his “alphabet” of machines which demonstrated the basic elements of mechanics.
334 (i.e. 336),  pp. 8vo, cont. richly blind-stamped vellum over boards, central panel on upper cover stamped in gold (now oxidized) with the arms of the city of Kuttenberg (today’s Kutna Hora) & the name of “Georgius [Polenta] a Sudetis,” dated 1569, ties gone. Basel: P. Perna, 1568.
Second edition and a very lovely copy in an attractive contemporary binding with an interesting provenance; Sudhoff considered this to be one of the most important of Paracelsus’ writings. The book is divided into two parts. The first — the “Philosophiae et Medicinae Universae Compendium” — is a work on medical chemistry. Paracelsus is important...
Large engraved vignette on title & another at the head of the first leaf of Part II and 30 fine folding engraved plates (numbered I–XXVIII plus XV* & a second plate numbered XVI). 184 pp. 4 p.l., 183,  pp. Small 4to, cont. speckled sheep, contrasting vellum lettering piece on spine. Stockholm: tryckt af P.J. Nyström, 1752.
First edition and very rare; WorldCat locates only one copy in North America. This Introduction to the Mechanics and the Art of Construction, including a Description of Several of the Machines invented by the late…Mr. Polhem is the best early treatise on the mechanical and industrial processes...