Antropologium de hominis dignitate, natura et proprietatibus, de elementis, partibus et membris humani corporis.
Leipzig: Wolfgang Stöckel, 1501. First edition.
An outstanding copy, in untouched contemporary binding from the collection of Jean Blondelet, of one of the earliest works with anatomical illustrations, “includes the first illustrations of the viscera in a printed book” (GM). This is a very rare book on the market: APPC/RBH lists just the Norman copy, Christie’s 1998 $85,000 modern binding;.....
[MALTHUS, Thomas Robert].
An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it Affects the Future Improvement of Society...
London: J. Johnson, 1798.
First edition, rare, of this foundation work of modern economics, and the seed for Darwin’s theory of natural selection. “Malthus’ Essay was a crucial contribution to Darwin’s thinking about natural selection when he returned in 1836 from the Beagle voyage. In July 1837 Darwin began his “Note book on Transmutation of Species,” in which he wrote...
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...
Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica.
Nuremberg: Levinus Hulsius, 1602.
First trade edition, a fine copy with provenance, of one of Brahe’s most important works, a description of his famous astronomical instruments (the most advanced in the world for their time), his globe, and his observatory on the island of Hven. “Brahe’s observations formed the basis upon which Kepler established his three laws of planetary motion”.....
BROGLIE, Louis Victor Pierre Raymond De.
Recherches sur la théorie des quanta.
Paris: Masson et Cie. 1924.
First edition, rare, of de Broglie’s revolutionary doctoral thesis on the quantum theory, which, Einstein said, “lifted a corner of the great veil” (Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe, p. 327). In this work he developed the startling and revolutionary idea that material particles such as electrons have a wave as well as a corpuscular...
WHITEHEAD, Alfred North & RUSSELL, Bertrand.
Cambridge: at the University Press, 1910-12-13.
First edition of all three volumes of this monumental work. Complete sets of the first edition which, like ours, are not ex-library, are very rare on the market – only two such copies have sold at auction in the past 25 years. Probably named after Isaac Newton’s great work, “Principia Mathematica was Whitehead and...
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...
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...
LAPLACE, Pierre Simon.
Théorie Analytique des Probabilités.
Paris: Courcier, 1812.
First edition of “the most influential book on probability and statistics ever written.” (Anders Hald).