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De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae
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De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae

By Johannes Goedartius, M Lister

London: S Smith, 1685 A very good copy of Goedart's work on insect metamorphosis, edited by M Lister, who added an appendix. First edition in this form. Johannes Goedart set up, observed and documented a series of experiments which demonstrated that caterpillars, pupae and butterflies were not different animals, but forms of the same animal. His works were first available in translated form in 1662/7. M Lister edited Goedart's work for the Royal Society and added an appendix on marine life. This copy has been rebound with cloth spine with title label, and marbled boards. The binding is in fine condition. New endpapers. Contents: title page 1685; lectori 5pp; 1 plate; text pp 1-356 with 13 plates; title page Appendices.. 1685; introduction 2pp; text pp 1-45 with 7 plates; finis. Overall in very good clean condition. There is a small ink mark to the top of p51; small paper flaw p80; slight crease to the top of plate @p134; plate @p206 has been bound in upside down; small tear to bottom margin p243.

$1166.96

Scotia Illustrata sive Prodromus Historiae Naturalis in quo Regionis natura, Incolarum Ingenia & Mores, Morbi iisque medendi Methodus, & Medicina Indigena accurrate explicantur; et.....
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Scotia Illustrata sive Prodromus Historiae Naturalis in quo Regionis natura, Incolarum Ingenia & Mores, Morbi iisque medendi Methodus, & Medicina Indigena accurrate explicantur; et.....

By Robert Sibbald

Edinburgh: Jacobi Kniblo, Josuae Solingensis & Johannes Colmarii, 1684 A good copy of this scarce work, in later full cloth binding with 22 illustrations on 20 plates. Robert Sibbald (1641-1722) was born in Fife and qualified as a physician after study in Leiden and Paris. He was appointed as the first Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh University and became Geographer Royal in 1682. He had a particular interest in creating frameworks for proper study - the proper institutions and evidence base. This work 'The Illustrated Essay of the Natural History of Scotland' is a systematic review of the natural resources of Scotland - from the weather to geography, geology, plant and animal life - including disease and local cures. This copy has a sound but worn rebacked cloth binding with gilt titles and date to spine. There is an ink signature of I Strachan to the fep, which is not original, and some ink letters and numbers to the initial blank, which is. Contents with title page; dedication 2pp; contents framework 1p; approvals; and text laid out in 3 main sections with separate title pages and pagination; followed by an Appendix; further text and errata and the plates bound at the rear. Sections: title page 1683; poem 1p; diploma 2pp; text pp 1-15; half title; 4pp diploma 2pp; praefatio 3pp text pp 1-47; finis. blank text 49-102; finis partis primae; index 6pp. Title page 1684; dedication 2pp; index 2pp; texxt pp 1-56; catalogus plantarum pp 57-62; text pp 63-114; finis partis secundae; index 6pp; title page 1684; dedication 2pp; index 2pp; text pp 1-35; finis; appendix pp 36-7; index 4pp; half title; index 1p; text 41-56; index 2pp; plate list 1p; errata 1p; finis; plates. Contents are in very good clean condition. There is occasional light staining in the margins - mostly the top margin; very occasionally at the side. There are some very small ink lines in a blank area on one page; and one mispagination - 3rd part - 11-10-11-14 - with continuous text. There is an ink signature of Eben Vetch 1706 on the main title page.

$1312.83

An Account of the Islands of Orkney. To which is Added, an Essay concerning the Thule of the Ancients
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An Account of the Islands of Orkney. To which is Added, an Essay concerning the Thule of the Ancients

By James Wallace

London: Jacob Tonson, 1700 A good copy of what is probably the earliest published account of the Orkney Islands, in contemporary full leather binding with folding map and plate. The work was originally written by James Wallace (1642-1688) who was a Minister - initially in Ladykirk and then Kirkwall. The manuscript, complete with his drawings, was prepared for publication after his death by one of his sons - also James - who was a botanist. It was published in 1693 under the title of 'A description of the Isles of Orkney', and included an essay on Thule credited to Sir Robert Sibbald. This account was published by James 7 years later, under his own name (and claiming the title of FRS - although he did not hold it). It is largely the same as the previous work, but it adds a section on plants and shells. It was dedicated to the Earl of Dorset and mentions neither his father, nor Sir Robert Sibbald. So this book, although the first to be called 'An Account' is largely a 2nd edition of the work. This copy is in a contemporary full leather binding with raised bands to the spine and the remains of a title label. There is wear to spine joints which are showing signs of splitting at the top and bottom. It is generally clean with the usual light scuffing and edge-wear. Internally the front free endpaper is partly attached to the pastedown and lacks a piece of the top corner. Contents: initial blank; title page; dedication to the Earl of Dorset 3pp; Contents 4pp; corrections 1p; fold out map; text pp 1-147 with folding plate; Essay on Thule pp 148-182; Finis. The contents are very clean and in very good condition. The map has a small hole at the side edge and has lost the bottom corner of the margin.

$729.35

Memoir's for a Natural History of Animals. Containing the Anatomical Descriptions Of Several Creatures Directed by The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris
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Memoir's for a Natural History of Animals. Containing the Anatomical Descriptions Of Several Creatures Directed by The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris

By Charles Perrault; Alexander Pitfeild [translator]

London: Printed by Joseph Streater, for sale by T Basset, J Robinson, B Aylmer, Joh Southby And W Canning, 1688 A very good copy of this important work on comparative anatomy with engraved title; rubricated title and 30 plates. The original publication had 2 separate parts, both complete in themselves - the second section 'The Measure of the Earth' translated by Richard Waller, is not present. Alexander Pitfeild undertook to translate this work, originally led by Charles Perrault for the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris. Animals, mostly from the royal menageries at Vincennes and Versailles, were supplied to the Royal Academy, for detailed study and dissection. The first publication including 13 species, appeared in 1671 with a second volume 5 years later. The publications had very short print runs and were very expensive being elephant folio with detailed art work mainly by Sebastien Leclerc. There was a growing desire to learn about natural history and the nature of animals and copies of Perrault's work were almost impossible to obtain. Pitfeild's translation was much needed and it became the only work published on comparative anatomy in England between 1660 and 1700. Richard Waller undertook the illustrations, copying Leclerc but reducing the size, taking care to keep the drawings in proportion. The second part, missing here, was undertaken not because it was linked in any way, but because it was important and of interest to the Royal Society. Copies of Pitfeild's translation are extremely scarce. This copy is in a new binding with cloth spine with title label and paper-covered boards. Contents: engraved title page; rubricated title page; permission for printing by the Royal Society (with 2 ink reference numbers at the top); dedication; To The Reader 2pp; preface 9pp; text pp 1- 267 with 30 plates (p 1 with small stamp to bottom margin; a few light ink spots to bottom side margins pp 48 & 49; small repaired edge tear bottom p141; alphabetical table of animal names with errata 2pp; index of anatomical matters 11pp; finis. Contents in very good clean condition. There is some staining which is mostly to the top outer page corners and varies in intensity. Occasional light marking elsewhere. Please enquire if you would like to see more images.

$1604.57

The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;
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The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;

By William Drummond

London : The Fabian, 1681 A very good copy of this scarce historical work by William Drummond of Hawthornden. Drummond was a Scottish poet and it is said that this work emerged from his researches into his family history. In full leather binding with newer spine and probably contemporary boards. The spine has raised bands and red title label and the binding is in very good clean condition with the usual handling wear to the boards. Contents: frontispiece portrait of Drummond; title page; Preface to Reader by Mr Hall of Greys Inn 1680; blank; text split into reigns with 5 further plates pp 1-350; Memorials of State pp 351-369; Familiar Epistles pp 370-400; A Cypresse Grove pp 401-436 Finis. There is some repair to the frontispiece bottom gutter; loss of the bottom corner tip p419 with no impact on text; the occasional page corner crease; some light paper toning and the occasional light mark. A very good copy.

$539.72

Rerum Scoticarum Historia, Auctore Georgio Buchanano Scoto ad Jacobum Scotorum Regem
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Rerum Scoticarum Historia, Auctore Georgio Buchanano Scoto ad Jacobum Scotorum Regem

By George Buchanan

Utrecht: Petrum Elzevirium, 1668 A good early edition of this important work on Scottish history, first published in 1582. George Buchanan was a renowned 16th century scholar who, among many other appointments, tutored both the young Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. This is the first history of Scotland written by a Scot and is notable, particularly for the accounts from his own lifetime. It is in Latin - a language that he was so at ease with that he has been called the greatest writer in Latin of the 16th century. This copy is in a possibly contemporary full leather binding with raised bands, blind-stamped designs and title label to spine. The binding is worn, particularly at the spine joints, top and bottom of the spine, corners and edges. There is a bookplate of George Govan Esq to the front pastedown and possibly contemporary scholarly notes to the reverse of the fep and the initial blank. With title page in red and black; introductions and page of dedications 68pp; history pp 1-750; index 38pp; final blank. There is tape over the front endpaper joint and paper repair to the top of the fep and the verso of the title page. The top margin is quite closely trimmed in places; there is very minor worm damage to the side margin of pp 156-166; and a paper flaw to the side margin of pp 487-96. Contents are very clean; paper has light toning.

$277.15

Elementorum Euclidis Libri XV. Breviter ac succincte demonstrati Opera & Studio ..[with] Euclidis Data Succincte demonstrata, Una cum Emendationibus & Additionibus Ad Elementa Euclidis,..
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Elementorum Euclidis Libri XV. Breviter ac succincte demonstrati Opera & Studio ..[with] Euclidis Data Succincte demonstrata, Una cum Emendationibus & Additionibus Ad Elementa Euclidis,..

By Isaac Barrow

Osnabrugi [Osnabruck]: Johan.Georg.Schwanderum, 1676 A fair copy of an early edition of Isaac Barrow's classic translation of Euclid's work. Isaac Barrow (1630-1677) was a mathematician, classical scholar and theologian. He is principally known for his work on tangents and Calculus. He was one of Isaac Newton's teachers. This translation of Euclid from the Greek to Latin was his first work. The full leather binding is falling apart: the front board is detached; half the spine is present but detached; and the back board is still attached. Contents: blank; title page; preliminaries 6pp; text with numerous diagrams pp 1-376; half title Euclidis Data 1675; note; text pp 379-424; finis. The front endpaper and the initial blank have been joined by some tape and some sellotape. Apart from that, the contents are in very good clean condition. There is a signature of Walter Stephen to the top of the fep and also to the side of the title page, and a further note in the same hand on p29. There is a very small worm track on pp 353-369 and 399-411. A leather repair would produce a very nice volume.

$335.50

Voyage d'Espagne, Contenant entre plusieurs particularitez de ce Royaume, Trois Discours Politiques sur les affaires du Protecteur d'Angleterre, la Reine de Suede, & du Duc de Lorraine.
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Voyage d'Espagne, Contenant entre plusieurs particularitez de ce Royaume, Trois Discours Politiques sur les affaires du Protecteur d'Angleterre, la Reine de Suede, & du Duc de Lorraine.

By Antoine de Brunel

Cologne: Pierre Marteau, 1666 A good to very good copy in contemporary full leather binding. The binding has gilt decorated raised bands to spine and red title label. it has had repair - relaying the contemporary spine. There is wear to the board corners but the binding is in very good sound condition. Contents: newer endpapers; title page dated 1666; Table de Chapitres10pp; Text with decorative headpiece pp 1-360; Half title - Relation de l'estat & gouvernement d'Espagne 1666; text pp 1-118; table du Contenu en cette relation 2pp; Relation de Madrid 24 pp; Fin. Contents very clean and bright. Small ink annotation in margin p 3 of Madrid section.

$320.91

Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.
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Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.

By Thomas Moffet

Londini: Ex officina typographica Thom. Cotes, 1634 A fair copy of the first printing of Insectorum Theatrum, classed as 'fair' because the title page and final plate page are in facsimile. The title page is that of the 3rd issue with a single printer named, but the book itself is 1st issue with page numbering at p 48 corrected in manuscript. This work was the first book on entomology to be published in Britain, and, although credited largely to Thomas Moffet (1553-1604), began as part of Conrad Gesner's researches in the mid 1500's. Thomas Penny and Caspar Wolf continued the work after Gesner's death, and Moffet, who was a neighbour and friend of Penny's, rescued the manuscript after Penny's death. It was finally published after Moffet's death by Theodore Mayerne (cf Lisney - Bibliography of British Lepidoptera). This copy has contemporary boards, rebacked with a newer spine and title label. The binding is in very good clean condition: there is wear to the boards but the corners have been repaired. Newer endpapers have been provided and there is a bookplate of Paul Sokoloff, and a smaller plate of Basil Harley to the front pastedown. The facsmile title page is 3rd issue and has some staining. Contents: title page; dedication 10pp; index 1p; Preface 4pp; authorities 3pp finis; full page plate of beehive; text pp 1-175; blank; second book preface 1p; table 1p; text pp 179-326 Finis; 2 leaves of figures - 2nd leaf in facsimile. With decorative headpieces, tailpieces, initial capitals and engravings throughout. There are several pagination errors but the text is continuous: p 48 corrected by hand; 128-130; 149-134-151; 157-166-159; 169-174-171; 285-296. The contents have general brown toning and there is some old annotation. The paper is particularly fragile at the edges of early leaves, where there is some light staining, and there is a little paper repair to the preface, and to p 41 and 46. A scarce and important work.

$2042.18

The Arraignement and Conviction of Sr Walter Rawleigh, At the Kings Bench-Barre at Winchester on the 17. of November 1603
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The Arraignement and Conviction of Sr Walter Rawleigh, At the Kings Bench-Barre at Winchester on the 17. of November 1603

By Sir Thomas Overbury ['Coppied by Sir Tho: Overbvry']

At the Sun over against St Dunstan's Church in Fleetstreet: Printed by William Wilson, for Abel Roper, 1648 A fair copy of an extremely scarce work. Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) is best known for the scandal surrounding his death by poisoning in the Tower, and the trial that followed it some 2 years later. He studied Law in 1598, was knighted in 1608 and was known as a writer and poet. His account of the arraignment and trial of Raleigh is assumed to be written as an eye-witness. Raleigh was tried in 1603 and convicted of treason. His sentence of death was commuted to imprisonment and he was later briefly released, before being imprisoned and retried in 1618. This trial reinstated his death sentence, albeit by less gruesome means. The book contains Overbury's account of the first trial; an account of the second trial (no author named); and Raleigh's letters to the King and to his wife before his death. The binding is more recent full panelled calf with title label to spine, matching a contemporary design. There is a bookplate of Col William Allen Potter to the front pastedown. Col Potter was a High Sherriff of Nottinghamshire and President of the Thoroton Society. Newer endpapers and 2 initial and final blanks have been added. Contents: title page; blank, text with decorative headpiece and initial capital pp 1-25; proceedings against Sir Walter R 1618 pp 26-34; Letter to the King pp 35/6; Letter to his Wife 37/8; Finis. The binding is in fine condition. The contents are fragile: the paper is very browned at points and the side margins have been reinforced, probably when the book was rebound. It has also been trimmed at both top and bottom. P 7 has a couple of small holes next to the side margin and P 9 is particularly browned. Small parts of text are affected but the text can be read. Please ask for more images if you want to further assess condition. Size 13.5cm wide; 17.9cm high.

$4667.84

Londinopolis; An Historicall Discourse or Perlustration Of the City of London, The Imperial Chamber, and chief Emporium of Great Britain: whereunto Is added another of the City of Westminster, With The Courts of Justice, Antiquities, and new Buildings thereunto belonging. [With] Map of London by Rutger Hermannides
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Londinopolis; An Historicall Discourse or Perlustration Of the City of London, The Imperial Chamber, and chief Emporium of Great Britain: whereunto Is added another of the City of Westminster, With The Courts of Justice, Antiquities, and new Buildings thereunto belonging. [With] Map of London by Rutger Hermannides

By Jam Howel [James Howell]

London : J Streater, for Henry Twiford, George Sawbridge, Thomas Dring, and John Place, 1657 A very good copy of Londinopolis by James Howell, with additional loose map of London by Rutger Hermannides, probably removed from a copy of Magna Britannia. James Howell, (c1594-1666) navigated his way with some difficulty through the changing allegiances of the English Civil War, Commonwealth and Restoration, spending 8 years in prison between 1643 and 1650. He attempted various court positions, becoming Royal Historiographer to Charles II in 1660, but made most of his living from writing. Londinopolis describes the main landmarks and areas of London with outlines of their history. Lowell is frank that he has 'fetched' most of his materials from others and it is considered that much of the content comes from Stow. This copy of Londinopolis is in a later 1800's full leather binding by H Woodburn.This has a delicate blind tooled border of leaves to the boards; raised bands, blind tooled designs and title label to spine. It is showing some wear to the front hinge and edges and has a small scuff but is otherwise in very good clean condition. There is an ink signature 'Stouthall' to the front pastedown endpaper. Contents: initial blank; frontispiece by Abraham Bosso; title page in red and black inks; blank; poem in latin and english; dedication to the 'Renowned City of London' 2pp; Some Advertisements to the Reader 2pp; The Chiefest Materials 2pp; doublepage panoramic view of London by Holler; text pp 1-407 with decorative initial capitals; blank; index 6+pp; Catalogue of Mr Howell's works 1p; more works 1p; blank with pasted note by Stouthall. It is likely that this is Wing variant H3091. There are numerous pagination errors, but no loss of text eg p 85 to 84, to 95; 123 to 128; 128 to 311The title page has part of a signature at the top suggesting that the page edges were trimmed down when it was rebound. There is some marking to the bottom of the Advertisements, and to the top of p 399, but the contents are generally very clean. The paper is lightly toned. The loose map, which measures 26.5 x 13.5 cm is similarly toned but clean.

$1604.57

The Historie of Great Britaine under the Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their Originals, Manners, Habits, Warres, Coines, and Seales: with the Successions, Lives, Acts, and Issues of the English Monarchs from Julius Caesar, unto the Raigne of King James, of famous Memorie.
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The Historie of Great Britaine under the Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their Originals, Manners, Habits, Warres, Coines, and Seales: with the Successions, Lives, Acts, and Issues of the English Monarchs from Julius Caesar, unto the Raigne of King James, of famous Memorie.

By John Speed

Popes-head Pallace, at the signe of the White Horse: George Humble, 1632 A very good copy of the 3rd edition, 'revised, enlarged, and newly corrected, with sundry descents of the Saxons Kings, Their Marriages and Armes.'This work continued Speed's 'Theatre of Great Britaine' - and the contents listing refers to the first 4 books which were part of the Theatre, although this work (books 5 - 10) is complete in itself. With frontispiece of John Speed by S Savery (frequently absent) numerous woodcut illustrations and tables, and head and tailpiece decorations. In contemporary full leather binding which has been rebacked and repaired to preserve the spine and boards. The spine has raised bands and gilt panels, and a title label; the boards are plain with ruled lines to edges. There is some scuffing and wear but the binding is in very good sound condition. Internally there is a heraldic bookplate to the front pastedown which looks to date from when the book was repaired. The endpapers also date from that time. Contents: frontispiece; title page; dedication 1p; contents 5pp; citations 4pp; Proeme 7pp; text 1-1042; catalogue 1043-1086 - with pagination on recto only; text 1087-1237; summary conclusion 4pp; index 80pp; finis; blank; endpapers. The frontispiece has a repaired tear and a little loss to the side margin; title page some repair at the corner; numerous pagination errors eg p379/80 is bound after 381/2, 102-followed by 113 but text continuous; occasional small corner or margin loss with no loss of text; occasional light stains or marks - the only point at which there is any obscuration of text is on p925 where 2 words are affected. Overall a very clean copy with good quality paper.

$1750.44

Tractatus de Corde, Item De Motu & Colore Sanguinis, & Chyli in com Transitu.
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Tractatus de Corde, Item De Motu & Colore Sanguinis, & Chyli in com Transitu.

By Richardo Lower MD [Richard Lower]

Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Danielem Elsevirium, 1671 A very good copy of the '3rd and Final' edition of Richard Lower's major treatise on the working of the heart and lungs. Richard Lower (1631-1691) was the first person to perform a blood transfusion, reporting in 1666 that blood had been successfully transferred between 2 dogs. Shortly afterwards he carried out an experiment to transfuse some blood from a sheep to a man - with some hopes that the gentleness of the lamb would be carried in the blood. He counted Thomas Willis (founder of the Royal Society) and Robert Hooke as close associates and was a follower of William Harvey. Tractatus de Corde (roughly translated as Treatment of the Heart) was his most important work, detailing his experimental surgery and findings. This copy, in contemporary full leather binding, formed part of the Selbourne Library - acquired by the late Hugh Selbourne - and has the Selbourne Library stamp to the verso of the title page, and the bottom margin of p 51. The binding, with raised bands and title label is worn (particularly at the joints and edges) but sound. Page edges lightly marbled. Internally, there is a signature of Charles Singer to the fep and the remains of some pencil notes. Contents: 2 blanks; title page with Selbourne stamp to verso; dedication 8pp; List of Chapters 6pp; text (with decorative headpiece and initial capital on p1) 237 pp; finis; blank; 6 folding plates; 2 final blanks. The contents are in very good clean condition. The plates would benefit from being refolded, but, apart from a little offsetting, are in very good clean condition.

$3646.75

Memoirs and Observations Topographical, Physical, Mathematical, Mechanical, Natural, Civil and Ecclesiastical. Made in  late Journey Through the Empire of China, And Published in several Letters
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Memoirs and Observations Topographical, Physical, Mathematical, Mechanical, Natural, Civil and Ecclesiastical. Made in late Journey Through the Empire of China, And Published in several Letters

By Louis le Comte, Jesuit

London : Benjamin Tooke, 1699 A fair copy of the 3rd edition of this scarce work, first published in French in 1696. With frontispiece, folding map, 2 folding plates, 1 single page plate, a folding table and an illustration in the text. Louis le Comte was Jesuit mathematician, sent to China as part of a Jesuit mission at the behest of Louis XIV. He mainly worked in Shansi, and, after his recall to Paris, published an account of his experience in the form of 8 letters. The work provoked controversy and debate about Chinese Rites. This copy has been rebound by Bath Municipal Reference Library. The cloth binding has gilt titles, date and reference numbers to the spine. It is in very good condition. The endpapers have a Bath reference library bookplate to the fep with reference numbers to the top. There are no other library markings. The endpaper joints have been reinforced. Contents: frontispiece, title page, introduction to english translation 14pp, author's preface 4pp, folding map, text and plates pp 1-517 (illustration in text at page 349), errata, blank and index 10 pp. The paper is very browned throughout. P 15 lacks the tip of the bottom corner; there is an ink mark at the page edge of p 110; there is a small hole in p 255 with loss of a few letters; an ink mark at the bottom of p 351; and a small repaired edge tear at p 497.

$1283.66

The Complete Chymical Dispensatory, in Five Books: Treating of All sorts of Metals, Precious Stones, and Minerals, of all Vegetables and Animals, and things that are taken from them, as Musk, Civet, &c. How rightly to know them, and how they are to be used in Physick; with their several Doses.
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The Complete Chymical Dispensatory, in Five Books: Treating of All sorts of Metals, Precious Stones, and Minerals, of all Vegetables and Animals, and things that are taken from them, as Musk, Civet, &c. How rightly to know them, and how they are to be used in Physick; with their several Doses.

By Dr John [Johann] Shroder, William Rowland [translator]

London : Printed by John Darby for Richard Chiswell, and Robert Clavell, 1669 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Johann Shroder's work in English, translated by William Rowland. An extremely scarce work. Johann Shroder (1600-1664) was a German physician and pharmacologist and is credited as the first person to recognise arsenic as an element - producing it by heating its oxide in 1649. This work was published in Latin in 1662. This copy has been recently rebound in half leather with marbled boards. The spine has gilt lined raised bands and titles. New endpapers have been added. Contents: title page with ink signature of Wm Goodwin ('bought of Mrs Field') and John Hurnon; Dedication by William Rowland 3pp; Book I - Introduction pp 1-49; blank; Book 2 'Of the Shop' pp 51-147; blank; Book 3 'called Macrocosmology - treating of the Great World, or Mineralogy, Treating of Minerals' pp 149-283; blank; Book 4 'Phytologia' pp 385-505; Book 5 'Zoology' pp 506-545; Finis; blank; Table 11pp; publisher's advert 1p. The binding is in near fine condition. Internally pages have some brown toning (some darker than others - and some with light spotting) and there is darker tone to the top margins. P 207 lacks the corner tip and some pages have corners turned over. Contents generally very clean with just the odd mark.

$1385.77

Euclidis Elementorum Libri xv, breviter demonstrati
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Euclidis Elementorum Libri xv, breviter demonstrati

By Isaac Barrow

Cantabrigiae [Cambridge] : Ex celebarrimae Academiae Typographeo. Impensis Guilielmi Nealand Bibliopolae, 1655 A fair copy of the 1st edition in contemporary binding. Isaac Barrow (1630-1677) was a mathematician, classical scholar and theologian. He is principally known for his work on tangents and Calculus. He was one of Isaac Newton's teachers. This translation of Euclid from the Greek to Latin was his first work. The full leather binding is complete and has raised bands and a title label to the spine. The boards are held to the binding by their strings only and are warped. The binding could be repaired as the leather is complete and in reasonably clean condition. Internally, there is a heraldic bookplate to the front pastedown and minute detailed scholarly notes in ink to any initial blank page - including the front pastedown. These notes appear to be early and possibly contemporary. Contents: title page with ink signature; dedication 3 pp; Ad Lectorum 5 pp; poem 1 p; blank; text pp 1-342 with numerous diagrams; Finis with seal; blank; rear pastedown with continuation of notes. The note-taker has been careful not to note on text pages. There is some staining to margins, particularly the bottom margin where there is what looks like soot-spotting. Staining largely stays in the margin - towards the end it strays occasionally into the text but does not obscure it.

$656.42

The Description of Leicestershire, Containing Matters of Antiquitye, Historye, Armorye, and Genealogy
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The Description of Leicestershire, Containing Matters of Antiquitye, Historye, Armorye, and Genealogy

By William Burton

Cantabrigiae [Cambridge] : John White, 1622 A fair to good copy of the scarce 1st edition with map, in contemporary full leather binding. The binding has wear to spine joints, the top and bottom of the spine and edges, but is of good quality leather and would repair well. Page edges red. Internally there is an armorial bookplate of the Kinnaird family to the front pastedown and a signature of James West, clearly an early owner, on the fep.James has made some notes about the elections to Parliament for the County of Leicester in 1775. The fep has a tear at the top. With decorative title page (small repair to side margin); dedication 2pp; To the Reader 6pp; double page map; text pp 1-332; Catalogue 6pp; finis; table added in ms 3pp. The shields have been carefully coloured in (including one on the title page)- possibly by or for an early owner as there has been occasional offsetting from the colouring over time. There is also some scholarly annotation and an additional coat of arms has been added in the margin of p134. The pagination is awry at a couple of points and has been corrected by hand from p196-210 and from p219 -332. The book was clearly well-used as a reference work. There is some light staining affecting the top third of pages - noticeable at the beginning but not particularly later in the book. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$1385.77

New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Air. Whereunto is added A Defence of the Author's Explication of the Experiments, Against the Objections of Franciscus Linus and, Thomas Hobbs. Some Considerations Touching the Usefulnesse of Experimental Philosophy. Propos'd in a Familiar Discourse to a Friend, by way of Invitation to the Study of It. Parts I & II
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New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Air. Whereunto is added A Defence of the Author's Explication of the Experiments, Against the Objections of Franciscus Linus and, Thomas Hobbs. Some Considerations Touching the Usefulnesse of Experimental Philosophy. Propos'd in a Familiar Discourse to a Friend, by way of Invitation to the Study of It. Parts I & II

By Robert Boyle

London : Miles Flesher for Richard Davis, bookseller in Oxford, 1682 The 3rd edition of Boyle's work on Air (first published 1660) in 3 parts, bound with the 2nd edition, published in 1664, of the first part of his work on the usefulness of Experimental Natural Philosophy (first published in June 1663), and, probably, the first edition of the second part of Natural Philosophy published in 1671. In contemporary vellum binding - with some marking and cracking at the joints, and a small repair at the bottom of the spine. 'New Experiments' was a landmark work enabled by Torricelli's development of the mercury barometer.This allowed Boyle to carry out his series of experiments based on reducing air pressure; using the barometer to provide objective measurements. Experiment 43 is particularly significant: Boyle placed warm water in a vessel and then reduced the air pressure and observed the outcome. The water started to 'boil', thus demonstrating that the liquid/air interface is affected by pressure as well as temperature. It is now known that even cold water can transition in to water vapour if the atmospheric pressure is lowered enough to allow the water molecule to escape from the liquid phase. Boyle's Spring and Weight of Air, published in 1682, set out his defence against strong criticism from Franciscus Linus who refused to accept the existence of a vacuum. The third book is An Examination of Mr 'Hobbs' Dialogus Physicus. Hobbes criticised Boyle's experiments, claiming that 'subtle air' had entered his apparatus either via the stop cock, or by permeating through the glass itself. It seems an odd claim, but Hobbes was a very argumentative man. Considerations Touching the Usefulness of Experimental Natural Philosophy, is an extensive treatise on the value of experimentation - using observation and analysis of phenomena to put forward theories. Contents: front endpaper with pencil annotation; title page; title page for New Experiments 1682; to the Reader 6pp; 'Friendly Reader' 2pp; Summary 4pp (double column); Text 203pp; title page A Defence..1682; Publisher to the Reader 2pp; The Author's Preface & declarations 8pp; text pp 1-89 with 1 plate; the Explication of Refraction pp 90-103; citations englished pp 105-112; summary p113-117; blank; title page 'An examen...' 1682; Preface 6pp; text pp 1-88; citations englished pp 89-99; fragment of second plate; summary of contents pp 100-102; Catalogue of author's works 2pp; title page 'Some Considerations...' 1664; publisher to the reader 8pp; author's advertisement 4pp; half title 1st part; essays pp 1-116; citations englished p 117-126; index 4pp; half title 2nd part; text pp 1-299 [there are pagination errors: 183 to 193, 288-287 and p105 is missing the tip of the bottom corner with no loss of text]; half title - apppendix; text pp 303-404 with diagram in text at p 313; [pagination error 376-387]; citations englished pp 405-416; landscape printed page; index of 2nd part 15pp; finis; note to reader on pagination 1p; later ink in memoriam note on rear end paper. The text is generally clean and in good to very good condition with the odd mark. There is brown toning to the edge of pages. Of the 2 plates, plate 1 has extensive browning and most of plate 2 is missing. There is a little worming to the bottom margin of some pages in the final appendix section - not affecting text. Please enquire if you would like to see further images of this work.

$2552.73

Discours de la Nature, causes, signes, & curation des empeschemens de la conception, & de la Sterilite des femmes
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Discours de la Nature, causes, signes, & curation des empeschemens de la conception, & de la Sterilite des femmes

By Lovys de Serres

Lyon : Antoine Chard, 1625 An exceptionally rare work on gynaecology by Lovys de Serres - a doctor practicing in Lyon in the 17th century. Little is known about de Serres - his dates are said to be 1588 to circa 1656. He translated a number of works and authored 2 books. He is cited by one source as being the first author to devote an entire work to gynaecology. This copy is in a newer full leather binding with gilt decorated raised bands to the spine and extensive gilt decoration to the boards. The binding is in fine condition. The marbled endpapers are new. With decorative title page in red and black inks; dedication with decorative headpiece and initial capital 5pp; preface with decorative initial capital 3pp; 'Approbation des Docteurs' 1pp; Extraict du Privilege du Roy 2pp; corrections 1p; contents listing with decorative initial capital 2 pp; text pp 1-486 with headpiece and initial capitals. Contents are in overall good condition. Some sections are browned and most have brown toning to page edges. There is occasional marking. There is some worm damage - mainly to bottom margins - with some repaired.

$1166.96

A Collection of Curious Travels and Voyages In Two Tomes
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A Collection of Curious Travels and Voyages In Two Tomes

By John Ray

London: Printed for S Smith and B Walford, Printers to the Royal Society, at the Princes Arms in St Paul's Church-yard, 1693 An extremely scarce work. John Ray compiled this book for the Royal Society, to put into print details of voyages and expeditions of scientific importance. At their request, he also put together 3 catalogues of the trees, shrubs and herbs growing in the 'Levant part of the world'. The first 'tome' contains Dr Leonhart Rauwolf's travels into the Eastern Countries. The second contains a variety of extracts from sources including Monsieur Belon, Mr Greaves, and The Collections of Voyages and Travels by Ramusio, Hakluyt, Purchas, and Thevenor. In contemporary panelled calf binding. The binding has loss to the top of the spine and some splitting at the front joint at the bottom. There is heavy wear to corners. Contents: Blank, imprimatur, title page, dedication 1p, note from the bookseller to the reader 4pp, epistle dedicatory 15pp, contents 8pp, tome I first part pp 1-117, half title, second part pp121-240, third part pp 257-396, finis. Blank, Half title Tome 2, contents note 1p, extracts pp 3-186, half title Stirpium orientalium rariorum catalogi tres pp3-21, Stirpium Aegyptiacorum Catalogus pp 22-29, Stirpium Creticorum Rariorum Catalogus pp 30-45. Finis. Publisher's list 1p. There are 2 Oxford library stamps to the front pastedown and a reference figure, with a further faint stamp to the title page. There are 2 signatures to the top of the title page - E Litherland and W Gower. The first book particularly has a lot of brown toning to the paper. P17/18 in the tome I, first part has small loss from the top margin and p 123/4 in the second part has lost the bottom corner (again margin only). A worm has attacked around an inch of the top gutter visible between pp 229 and 261 - again not affecting text.

$1094.03

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