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...
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...
Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en Général.
London [but probably Paris]: Fletcher Gyles, 1755. First edition.
The exceptionally fine La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt copy in untouched armorial binding of the earliest treatise on modern economics. Cantillon is the “founding father of modern economics” (Rothbard) and the Essai has been declared “more emphatically than any other single work, the cradle of political economy” (Jevons), and “the most systematic statement of...