Bybel der Natuure door J. S., of Historie der Insecten ... J. S. Biblia Naturæ;...
Leiden: Isaak Severinus, Boudewyn & Pieter Vander Aa, 1737-38.
First edition, a magnificent copy in a spectacular contemporary luxurious binding from “The Necklace Bindery”, of “the finest collection of microscopical observations ever produced by one worker. The book is consulted by naturalists to this day. Some of the figures have never been excelled” (Singer). “Despite a scientific career that lasted...
CASSERI (or CASSERIO), Giulio Cesare.
Pentaestheseion, hoc est De quinque sensibus liber, organorum fabricam variis iconibus fideliter aere incisis illustratam...
Venedig: Misserino, 1609.
First edition, exceptionally rare, of Casserius’ second important contribution to the comparative anatomy not only of the ear and the vocal organs, as in his more common work of 1600/01 [De Vocis Auditusque Organis], but also of the other four sense organs and especially of the eye. The very fine anatomical plates for which this book is...
An original theory or new hypothesis of the universe, founded upon the laws of nature...
London: Printed for the Author, and sold by H. Chapelle, 1750. First edition.
Exceptionally fine copy of this extraordinary book, remarkable not only for its prophetic views on cosmology, but also for its mezzotint plates which have an almost surreal beauty not found in any other astronomical work. This is an outstanding copy, free of the foxing that normally affects...
Le diverse et artificiose machine.
Paris: for the author, 1588. First edition.
Exceptionally fine copy, with distinguished provenance, of one of the most important books on the science and technology of machines in the renaissance, and one of the most famous illustrated books of the sixteenth century – a tour de force of book design. This is a splendid copy in contemporary French gilt vellum...
Cinq livres de chirurgie. 1. Des bandages. 2. Des fractures. 3. Des luxations, avec une...
Paris: André Wechel, 1572; 1568.
Very rare first editions of two of Paré’s most important works. The Cinq livres de chirurgie is exceedingly scarce in first edition, and perhaps the most important work by Pare. Since 1916 ABPC has recorded the sale of only 2 copies: one in 1963 in New York, and another (incomplete, bound with Paré’s Dix livres...
NUÑEZ, Salaciense Pedro.
Libro de algebra en arithmetica y geometria.
Antwerp: heirs of Arnold Birckman, 1567. First edition.
Exceptionally fine copy, bound in citron morocco for Jacques-Auguste de Thou (1553-1617), of this rare and celebrated treatise on algebra. “Considered the greatest of Portuguese mathematicians, Nuñez reveals in his discoveries, theories, and publications that he was a first-rate geographer, physicist, cosmologist, geometer and algebraist” (DSB). Only three other copies have appeared...
Reports of Medical Cases, selected with a view of illustrating the symptoms and cure of...
London: Richard Taylor for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green & S. Highley, 1827-31. First edition.
A fine copy of Bright’s most important work. The 47 large hand-coloured engraved “plates in Bright’s Reports are among the most beautiful of medical illustrations” (Grolier/Medicine). Most were drawn by Frederick Richard Say, a distinguished portraitist whose portrait of Bright now hangs in the.....
De re metallica.
Basel: Froben & Bischof, 1556. First edition.
A beautiful copy, in fine 17th century binding of green vellum, of “the first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times” (Printing and the Mind of Man).