On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured...
London: John Murray, 1859.
First edition, a magnificent association copy, untouched in its original binding, of “the most influential scientific work of the nineteenth century” (Horblit) and “the most important biological work ever written” (Freeman). Presented by Darwin’s closest friend and intellectual confidant Joseph Hooker just eleven days after publication, it is hard to imagine an association that would bring...
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).
Natural and political observations mentioned in a following index and made upon the bills of...
London: Thomas Roycroft, for John Martin, James Allestry, and Thmas Dicas, 1662.
Very rare first edition of the foundation work of demographics and medical statistics: the beginning of studies about why people die, and the beginning of disease control. “The application of critical scientific methods to medical and vital statistics, which underlies so much of modern government and ecomomics, can...
BOSCOVICH, Rogerius Josephus.
Philosophiae naturalis theoria redacta ad unicam legem virium in natura existentium.
Vienna: In Officina Libraria Kaliwodiana, 1758. First edition.
Fine copy in contemporary boards of “Boscovich’s masterpiece” (Norman), a work “now recognized as a fundamental influence on modern mathematical physics” (Printing and the Mind of Man), and a notorious rarity. Only two copies of this rare work have appeared at auction: 1. The Honeyman-Garden copy - this lacked the 16-page letter...