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image of Nouvelles Experiences sur La Vipere, ou l'on verra une description exacte de toutes ses parties, la source de son venin, ses divers effets, et les remedes exquis .....

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Paris: L'Auteur, au Faux-bourg Saint Germain et Olivier de Varennes, 1669 A very good copy of the scarce 1st edition. Moyse Charas (1619-1698) was an apothecary, famous for his pharmaceutical work. He was expert in poisons and their antidotes and this study on vipers and venom was ground-breaking and popular at the time. This copy is in contemporary calf boards… Read more
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image of Passiones Animae, per Renatum Descartes: Galllice ab ipso conscriptae, nunc autem in exterorum gratiam Latina civitate donatae

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Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Ex Typographia Blaviana , 1692 A good copy in contemporary vellum with a later taped spine with handwritten title. Latin translation of Descartes' last work - Les passions de l'ame, 1649, which originated from correspondence with Princess Elisabeth of the Palatinate, and is an exploration of the connection between human emotions - the province of the mind -… Read more
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image of A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the AIR, and their Effects....Whereto is annext a short Discourse Of the Atmospheres of Consistent Bodies

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Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall Printer to the University, for Richard Davis, 1669 A very good copy in new quarter leather binding with raised bands to spine and title label and gilt date, and marbled boards. Complete with 8 fold-out plates, and decorative head and tailpieces. A continuation of Robert Boyle's work on gases published in 1660. He was a… Read more
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A Discourse Concerning the Origine and Properties of Wind. With an Historicall Account of Hurricanes, and other Tempestuous Winds

by R Bohun

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Published
1672
Condition
Good
Edition
1st Edition
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$1,161.45

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Oxford: Printed by W Hall for Tho. Bowman , 1672 A good copy in contemporary leather binding rebacked with newer spine and title, author and date labels. The work is considered to be one of the first looking primarily at winds. Ralph Bohun was a Fellow of the Royal Society and gathered considerable information from sea voyages. It has… Read more
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image of An Account of the Islands of Orkney. To which is Added, an Essay concerning the Thule of the Ancients

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

by James Wallace

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Published
1700
Condition
Very Good
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$708.20

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London: Jacob Tonson, 1700 A very 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… Read more
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image of The most notable Antiquity of Great Britain vulgarly called Stone-Heng on Salisbury Plain

The most notable Antiquity of Great Britain vulgarly called Stone-Heng on Salisbury Plain

by Inigo Jones

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Published
1655
Condition
Poor
Edition
1st Edition
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$849.84

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London: Printed by James Flesher for Daniel Pakeman and Laurence Chapman, 1655 A poor copy of an extremely scarce study of Stonehenge by the 'Architect Generall' Inigo Jones. Jones was convinced that Stonehenge was a Roman Temple, particularly because he felt that the pre-Roman population was too lacking in knowledge to build it. The result is a classic example of… Read more
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image of An Interpretation of the Number 666. Wherein, not only the Manner, how this Number ought to be Interpreted, is clearly proved and Demonstrated; but is Also shewed this Number is an exquisite and perfect Character...

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Oxford: Printed by Leonard Lichfield, 1642 An extremely scarce 1st edition copy of Francis Potter's work. Potter (1594-1678) was a clergyman with a wide range of other interests. He was an early member of the Royal Society (admitted in 1663), experimenting with bees, theorising about blood transfusion and making instruments including a sundial. He developed a theory that the approximate… Read more
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Historiae Naturalis de Insectis

by Joh. Jonstonus; John Jonston; Johannes Jonstonus; Jan Jonston

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Published
1657
Condition
Fair
Edition
2nd Edition
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$1,274.76

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Amsterdam: Joannem Jacobi fil. Schipper, 1657 A fair copy of the extremely scarce Insectis section of Jan Jonston's famous work Historiae Naturalis. Jonston (1603-1675) studied botany and medicine and was a doctor. This copy is classed as 'fair' because it has been rebound in plain buckram binding without the title page, and the paper is very soft and lightly stained… Read more
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image of Cosmographie in Four Books containing the Chorographie and Historie of the Whole World, and all the Principal Kingdoms, Provinces, Seas, and Isles thereof.

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London : Anne Seile, 1669 A very good copy of the 5th edition 'enlarged and corrected by the Author'. In contemporary full calf binding (which has been rebacked retaining the original spine) and with the decorative title and 4 maps. The binding is in very good clean condition. The front board has the initials FT impressed on the leather and… Read more
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image of 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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London : The Fabian, 1681 A poor to fair copy of this scarce 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. The binding is in serious need of repair and it lacks the frontispiece, original title and the 5 further plates. The… Read more
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image of Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri Cum aeneis figuris

Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri Cum aeneis figuris

by Johannes Jonstonus [Jon Jonston or John Johnston]

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Published
1650
Condition
Good
Edition
1st Edition
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$2,478.70

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Francofurti ad Moenum: Math. Merian, 1650 A scarce 1st edition copy of Quadrupeds, the first of 6 works on the natural world by Jon Jonston with decorative title and 80 full page plates of quadrupeds. Jonston (1603-1675) was of scottish heritage, born in Poland. He studied in Scotland and in Leiden, becoming an MD and was well regarded as a… Read more
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England's Improvement Reviv'd: Digested into six boooks.

by John Smith

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Published
1670
Condition
Good
Edition
1st Edition
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$1,713.84

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The Savoy: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for the Author, 1670 A good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary full leather binding. The binding has raised bands to spine and a newer title label. It has had some repair in the past but is splitting at the front joint and has general wear. particularly to corners. There is the bookplate… Read more
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image of De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae

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

by Johannes Goedartius, M Lister

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Published
1685
Condition
Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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$1,133.12

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

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]

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Published
1688
Condition
Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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$1,558.04

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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… Read more
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image of Rerum Scoticarum Historia, Auctore Georgio Buchanano Scoto ad Jacobum Scotorum Regem

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

by George Buchanan

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Published
1668
Condition
Good
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$269.12

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

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']

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Published
1648
Condition
Fair
Edition
1st Edition
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$4,532.48

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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… Read more
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image of 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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London : J Streater, for Henry Twiford, George Sawbridge, Thomas Dring, and John Place, 1657 A very good copy of Londinopolis in full leather binding. 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,… Read more
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