viii, 584 pp. Large 4to, fine antique mottled calf (first three leaves a little foxed), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Cailleau, 1785.
First edition of the earliest bibliography on mineral waters and still the most important bibliography on the subject. The book contains upwards of 1000 extensively annotated descriptions of books of all periods and in various languages on balneology, geology, chemistry, etc.
Carrère (1740-1802), a member of a distinguished family of physicians at Perpignan, took his medical degree at Montpellier and became professor of anatomy at his native city. He was also director of the newly established natural...
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viii, 584 pp. Large 4to, fine antique mottled calf (first three leaves a little foxed), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Cailleau, 1785.
Large engraved vignette on title. Title in red & black. 8 p.l., 626,  pp. Folio, cont. blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, arms on covers effaced. Lyon: J. & P. Prost, 1636.
First edition, Schuh’s issue B (no stated priority) with the dedication to Charles de Neufville. “Very scarce. Compendium of all the author ever discovered or read about the subject of mineralogy. It was published posthumously from notes he left by his Order at Lyon six years after his death. Printed in a double column format in a relatively small type-size, the work is a vast storehouse of all things mineralogical, including new ideas...
10 leaves, one column, 35 lines, Gothic type, printed guide letters. Small 4to, 19th-cent. red morocco-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt, t.e.g. [Rome: Bartholomaeus Guldinbeck, about 1485].
Second edition (1st ed.: Rome, 1472), of this rare anonymous commentary by Julius Pomponius Laetus on the tenth book — entirely devoted to gardening — of Columella’s De Re Rustica. Columella (1st c. A.D.), “Roman landowner, was the author of De Re Rustica ca. AD 60-5), a treatise in 12 books which is the longest and most comprehensive and lucid of the Roman agricultural manuals. Book 10 deals with gardening and is written...
31 pp. 8vo, bound in attractive green morocco-backed cloth over boards. [Cambridge: "Printed for Distribution among the Members of the Cambridge Philosophical Society," 1 December 1835].
First edition of Darwin's first separately printed work, and of the greatest rarity. This unauthorized pamphlet contains extracts from ten letters written to John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861), by Darwin during his five-year voyage on the Beagle. Henslow had been Darwin's botany professor at Cambridge and their friendship "was one of the most influential circumstances in his [Darwin's] early life."-ODNB. It was Henslow who obtained for him the post of naturalist on the Beagle.
Darwin's letters were published without his knowledge; Henslow had read some of them before the Cambridge Philosophical Society and was responsible for printing this small pamphlet of extracts. The present work did introduce Darwin's name and some important observations to a small but influential group of scientists, and when he arrived back in England in the autumn of 1836 he carried with him something of a reputation as a geologist.
Folding lithographed diagram. 8vo, orig. pale green cloth (head & foot of spine with slightest chipping, occasional unimportant foxing), covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt. New York: D. Appleton, 1860.
First American edition, “second issue” with three quotations on verso of half-title.
A very good and bright copy preserved in a slip-case.
xxviii, 226 pp. 8vo, cont. speckled calf (carefully rebacked), orig. leather lettering piece on spine. The Hague: Detune, 1778.
First edition, Dutch issue (there is also a Swiss issue published in the same year with a variant imprint). This work consists of a series of letters written by Deluc to Queen Charlotte of England describing his geological researches in Switzerland. On page viii of the Preface, Deluc introduces the term “géologie” for the first time as a more appropriate word than “cosmologie” for knowledge or understanding of the earth and its structure.
The text was later incorporated in Deluc’s great geological work in six volumes which appeared in The Hague between 1778 and 1780.
Finely engraved added title & 40 engraved plates. Printed title in red & black. 2 p.l. (incl. engraved title), xii, 302, 82, lviii,  pp. Folio, cont. marbled boards (one corner a bit worn), spine gilt, red & green leather lettering pieces on spine. Vienna: Krauss, 1772.
First edition in German, and a very fine copy from the library of Franziska von Hohenheim (see below). Dezallier (1680-1765), one of the chief contributors to the Encyclopédie (his articles were chiefly on gardening and ornamental waterworks in gardens) formed “one of the finest private collections of such objects as stones, shells, paintings, sketches, and art prints. No mere hoarder of...
Engraved allegorical frontis. & 25 finely engraved plates. Title in red & black. 4 p.l., xvi, 560 pp., one leaf of errata (final leaf a little foxed). Large 4to, cont. mottled sheep (joints & corners carefully repaired), spine gilt. Paris: De Bure, 1755.
First separate edition; this work first appeared in 1742 as part of the author’s Conchyliologie. Dézallier has expanded the text for this edition and added extra illustrations. The plates in the present work are well-known for their beauty and they illustrate many rocks, minerals, and fossils. Each plate bears the name of the subscriber who paid for its production.
“Scarce. An impressive compilation of 18th century mineral knowledge. Dezallier’s introduction provides a critical review of past authors and their books. This is followed by a précis of his mineralogical system that gives a tabular arrangement of minerals, stones and precious gems, that is immediately followed by a detailed discussion of the classification. Dezallier recognized three classes of minerals: Terres (earths), Pierres (stones), and all others. Within each, groupings are differentiated primarily by physical properties such as color, form, weight, etc. The author claims this method was new because it follows the natural and apparent qualities of the species it distributes; however, its principles were set forth by several predecessors, the earliest of whom was Agricola. A final section provides an excellent and detailed account of the mineralogy of France. Accompanying and scattered throughout the text are 26 finely engraved plates. These illustrations that rank among the best natural history engravings of the 18th century show minerals, stones, fossils, coral, birds and fish.”–Schuh, Mineralogy & Crystallography: A Biobibliography, 1469 to 1920, 1338.
Finely engraved allegorical frontis. after Boucher (a bit foxed) & 33 finely engraved plates. Title printed in red & black. 4 p.l., 491,  pp. Large thick 4to, cont. polished calf (a few minor abrasions to upper cover, one small chip to headcap), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: De Bure l’Aîné, 1742.
First edition and a very handsome, large copy. Dézallier (1680-1765), counselor to the King, was one of the leading popularizers of natural history in France during the 18th century. He published descriptions of many notable natural history collections in Paris and the provinces.
Seventeen folding engraved plates & engraved vignettes. 2 p.l., lxxx, 383, 27, 10 pp. Large 4to, cont. marbled calf (corners a little worn, upper joint with short crack at foot), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine nicely gilt, a.e.g., red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: H.L. Guerin & L.F. Delatour, 1760.
First edition and an attractive copy, complete with the two Additions. Duhamel (1700-82), French polymath, made notable contributions in agronomy, chemistry, botany, and naval technology. His major interest and contribution to technology and society was in agriculture. Duhamel “adapted Tull’s system to France based on his own wide reading in...
17 folding engraved plates & engraved vignettes. 2 p.l., lxxx, 383, 27, 10 pp. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: H.L. Guerin & L.F. Delatour, 1760.
First edition and an attractive copy, complete with the two Additions. Duhamel (1700-82), French polymath, made notable contributions in agronomy, chemistry, botany, and naval technology. His major interest and contribution to technology and society was in agriculture. Duhamel “adapted Tull’s system to France based on his own wide reading in French agronomy and on original experiments.”–D.S.B., IV, p. 224.
One of Duhamel’s main interests was the cultivation and use of timber; this is one of his chief books on the subject. “The sections of the book discuss the soil, the climate, and the choice of trees; their propagation; nursery gardens; planting; forests; and maintenance and re-afforestation, with all instructions based firmly on the author’s long experience of forestry.”–Raphael, An Oak Spring Sylva, 34.
50 folding engraved plates. 3 p.l., lxviii, 307 pp.; 2 p.l., iii, , 432 pp. Two vols. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf, spines nicely gilt, red & black morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: H.L. Guerin & L.F. Delatour, 1758.
First edition. Duhamel (1700-82), French polymath, made notable contributions in agronomy, chemistry, botany, and naval technology. His major interest and contribution to technology and society was in agriculture. Duhamel “adapted Tull’s system to France based on his own wide reading in French agronomy and on original experiments.”–D.S.B., IV, p. 224.
This is the second in Duhamel’s series of books describing all aspects of trees and their cultivation. It is one of the most complete treatises on trees, the anatomy and structural properties of wood, and the management of tree stands of the 18th century. In his “Dissertation” (pp. xxix-lxv of Vol. I), Duhamel gives an interesting account of the then-current botanical systems including those of Morison, Ray, Tournefort, Magnol, and Linnaeus. The text of Vol. I is largely concerned with the anatomy of trees. Vol. II is devoted to the most up-to-date methods of tree propagation.
2 p.l., xii, 124,  pp. 12mo, cont. blond calf (two corners a tiny bit worn), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine finely gilt with chevrons “à la grotesque,” red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: F.A. Didot & De Bure, 1776.
First edition of this introduction to precious stones written for collectors and jewelers; according to the author this is the first complete treatise on precious stones. Dutens describes the chief varieties including diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, etc. He has also provided an interesting table at the end of current prices of diamonds of increasing carats. In the Preface, Dutens reviews the writings...
Engraved arms on title, an engraved headpiece depicting the Zwinger, & two engraved folding plates. 1 p.l., 101,  pp. Large 4to, cont. mottled & polished sheep (minor browning), spine gilt, leather lettering piece on spine. Dresden & Leipzig: G.C. Walther, 1755.
First edition, and a fine large paper copy, of the “first separate catalogue of the Dresden natural history collections housed in the magnificent baroque Zwinger (built by Poeppelmann in 1711), which also accommodated the Dresden print cabinet. This catalogue is one of the fruits of Augustus the Strong’s reorganisation of the old Dresden Wunderkammer into a number of specialised collections. The collection of...
xvi, 125 pp.,  pp. of publisher’s ads. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf (a few careful repairs to upper joint & corners), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. The Hague: P. de Hondt, 1756.
First edition in French (1st ed., in English: 1755); this is one of the few copies which has fine and delicate contemporary coloring. Ellis (ca. 1710-76), whom Linnaeus termed a “bright star of natural history” and “the main support of natural history in England,” was one of the earliest marine zoologists. With the Swede Daniel Solander (1733–1782), he discovered...
Finely engraved frontis. port. of Evelyn by Bartolozzi, 42 engraved plates, & three folding printed tables. 23 p.l., 311,  pp.; 1 p.l., 343, , 74, , pp. Two vols. Large 4to, cont. straight-grained green morocco, covers with a Greek key gilt border round sides, flat spines finely gilt, a.e.g. York: A. Ward for J. Dodsley et al., 1786.
A wonderful large and thick paper set in contemporary straight-grained green morocco of the best 18th-century edition of this highly influential book, the first important book published in England on forest trees; “it contains an enormous amount of information concerning the cultivation of the various kinds of forest...
20 engraved plates (including one double-page) & several engraved vignettes (including one on the title). 2 p.l., xviii, , 460 pp., 2 leaves of subscribers. Large folio, cont. mottled calf (title with a little dampstaining round edges), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Grenoble: Cuchet, 1778.
First edition of one of the most famous and attractive of all geological books in which the author “established once and for all that basalt, a rock important scientifically because of its distinctive characteristics, its widespread occurrence, and the manner of its association with other kinds of rocks, was the product of volcanic action.”–D.S.B., IV, p. 548...
20 engraved plates (including one double-page) & several engraved vignettes (including one on the title). 2 p.l., xviii, , 460 pp. Large folio, cont. mottled calf (extremities a little worn, occasional minor foxing), triple gilt fillet round sides, green morocco oval with gilt-tooled floral device inlaid in center of both covers, spine richly gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Grenoble: Cuchet, 1778.
First edition of one of the most famous and attractive of all geological books in which the author “established once and for all that basalt, a rock important scientifically because of its distinctive characteristics, its widespread occurrence, and the manner of its...
xxviii, 520 pp.; viii, -496 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. polished calf, flat spines gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Edinburgh: C. Elliot, 1785.
First edition in English (1st ed.: 1782) of the author’s first important publication. It derives from a course of seventy lectures which Fourcroy gave each winter in his laboratory and it discusses all aspects of chemistry, including the recent work on gases. In all his lectures, Fourcroy emphasized the relations between chemistry and natural history and their applications to medicine.
Very fine set. Early armorial bookplate of “Story” in each volume.
One folding engraved plate & 4 folding printed tables. 2 p.l., lxxxviii, 584 pp.; 2 p.l., 848 pp., 1 leaf. Two vols. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (small hole near top of spine of Vol. 2), spines gilt, red & black morocco lettering pieces on spines (black labels a bit rubbed). Paris: Rue et Hôtel Serpente, 1782.
First edition, and a fine set, of the author’s first important publication. It derives from a course of seventy lectures which Fourcroy gave each winter in his laboratory and it discusses all aspects of chemistry, including the recent work on gases. In all his lectures, Fourcroy emphasized the relations between chemistry...
Ten folding printed tables. Five vols. 8vo, cont. mottled sheep (occasional minor foxing), flat spines gilt with green morocco lettering pieces. Paris: Cuchet, 1793.
Fifth and final edition, revised, of this celebrated textbook; it is Fourcroy’s first major publication (1st ed.: 1782). A résumé of the course of seventy lectures he gave each winter in his laboratory, it contains a comprehensive account of all parts of chemistry, including recent work on gases. Fourcroy also included sections concerned with the analysis of animal fluids and solids and their application to medicine. By the time of this edition Fourcroy had adopted Lavoisier’s theories...
Finely engraved title, woodcut head- & tailpieces, & 2776 woodcuts in the text. 20 p.l. (incl. initial blank & engraved title), 1630,  pp., one blank leaf. Thick folio (350 x 210 mm.), cont. calf (well-rebacked by Trevor Lloyd with the original spine laid-down, a few gouges carefully filled-in, corners bruised), panelled in gilt & blind, large gilt device in center of each cover, with initials “W H” on either side. London: A. Islip for J. Norton & R. Whitakers, 1633.
First edition of Thomas Johnson’s expanded and corrected version of Gerarde’s Herball (1st ed.: 1597), the most famous of all English herbals. “Many errors made by Gerard in his text...
4 p.l., 162 leaves. Small 4to, cont. blindstamped panelled pigskin, remains of two deerskin ties. Zurich: C. Froschauer, 1542.
First edition of a very rare book on the market; this is a lovely fresh copy in contemporary blind-stamped pigskin. This, Gesner’s second botanical work, is “an alphabetically arranged catalog of plant names in four languages, the first of its kind, and an indication of the growing interest in botany beyond purely philological investigations into the writings of the classics. The Greek names are based on the works of Dioscorides. This early work is already characteristic of Gessner’s life-long endeavour to arrange scientific...
4 p.l., 281,  pp. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (spine attractively rebacked with leather), trace of ties, spine gilt. Basel: R. Wynter, 1541.
First edition of Gesner’s very rare first book (he had two earlier appearances in books, one as editor and the other as contributor). Gesner published this work at the age of 25, and it reflects his lifelong interest in botany and classification.
This is an alphabetical list of plants’ names compiled from the works of authors on medical topics in antiquity and in the early Middle Ages. The alphabetical arrangement of plants both by their tradition Latin names and...