BOSCOVICH, Rogerius Josephus.
Philosophiae naturalis theoria redacta ad unicam legem virium in natura existentium.
Vienna: In Officina Libraria Kaliwodiana, 1758. First edition.
An exceptionally fine copy, in untouched contemporary blind tooled pigskin, 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 -...
De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem, libri duo.
Venice: Gaspare Bindoni, 1597.
First edition, first issue, one of five known large and thick paper copies, of the first book devoted entirely to plastic surgery. Only two of these are in private hands: the present copy, in a contemporary binding, and the Norman copy, which is an ex-library copy in modern binding (sold Christie’s New York, March 18, 1998...
Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.
Venice: Giunta, 1571.
First edition, and a fine copy in a contemporary binding, of this very rare work which coined the phrase “circulation of the blood” (circulatio sanguinis, f. 111v) and provided the theoretical basis for Harvey’s experimental and quantitative treatment in De motu cordis (1628). “Cesalpino preceded Harvey in the discovery of the concept of the circulation, and Harvey...
A Relation between Distance and Radial Velocity among Extra-Galactic Nebulae.
[Washington, D.C.]: Carnegie Institution, 1929.
First edition, extraordinarily rare inscribed offprint, of Hubble’s landmark paper, which “made as great a change in man’s conception of the universe as the Copernican revolution 400 years before” (DSB). Even ‘ordinary’ copies of this offprint are very rare, but we have never seen nor heard of another inscribed copy. Indeed, Hubble autograph material of.....
Epistola docens venam axillarem dextri cubiti in dolore laterali secandam: & melancholium soccum ex venae...
Basel: [R. Winter], 1539.
First edition of Vesalius’s ‘venesection letter,’ one of his rarest works, embodying what may be the earliest approach to an area of medicine which may be called scientific in the modern sense. This is a fine copy, complete with the final leaf (the Cushing and Waller copies both lack it). The letter on venesection “was written...
DRYANDER [EICHMANN], Johannes; MONDINO DEI LUZZI.
Anatomiae, hoc est, corporis humani dissectionis pars prior [all published]. [ Anatomia Porci, ex traditione...
Marburg; Marburg: Eucharius Gervicornus; Christian Egenolph, 1537; .
A very attractive sammelband, comprising two rare illustrated works of pre-Vesalian anatomy, in their original untouched vellum binding: the enlarged second edition of Dryander’s Anatomia capitis humani (1536), the first significant analysis of the anatomy of the head, united with his edition of the Anathomia of Mundinus, known as the “restorer of...
[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...
DARWIN, Charles and Robert FITZROY.
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the Years...
London: Henry Colburn, 1839.
First edition, an extraordinary presentation copy connecting two exceptional Victorians, inscribed by the Commander of the Beagle Robert FitzRoy (see below), the man who chose Darwin to accompany him on the epochal voyage. “The voyage of the Beagle has been by far the most important event in my life, and has determined my whole career” (Charles...
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...