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LA RÉACTION DE WASSERMANN : SA VALEUR DANS LE DIAGNOSTIC ET LE TRAITEMENT DE LA SYPHILIS
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LA RÉACTION DE WASSERMANN : SA VALEUR DANS LE DIAGNOSTIC ET LE TRAITEMENT DE LA SYPHILIS

By Leredde, [Laurent Victor Louis Émile]

Paris: A. Malone, Éditeur, 1912. First Edition. Softcover. Good. 43 pp. plus three plates in black, brown, and pink. Original green wrappers, printed in silver, mounted with plate depicting test tubes in black, brown, and pink. Institutional alphanumerical label on front cover, institutional inkstamp on title page and p. 37. Wrappers partially separated at spine, creased and chipped at extremities. Good. An illustrated assessment of Wassermann's Reaction, or the "Wassermann Test," an antibody test for syphilis developed by August von Wassermann (1866-1925) in 1906 and still widely in use today. The author, Émile Leredde (1866-1926), was a Paris-based French physician, specializing in dermatology.

$40.00

SATURDAY LECTURES. No. 8. HOW WE SEE. A LECTURE DELIVERED IN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM, WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 29, 1882
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SATURDAY LECTURES. No. 8. HOW WE SEE. A LECTURE DELIVERED IN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM, WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 29, 1882

By Burnett, Swan M.

[Washington, D. C.]: Judd & Detweiler, 1882. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. [1882] 25 pp. Original printed self-wrappers, stitched. Inscribed, "Compliments of the Author," and institutional numerical inscription on title page. Early vertical fold. Uneven toning in title page. Overall very good. Scarce work by an important American opthalmologist. Swan Moses Burnett (1847-1906) was the first professor of opthalmology at Georgetown University; he was also anoted collected of art and books. His first wife was Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of THE SECRET GARDEN and LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY. The two divorced in 1898. OCLC locates one copy of this lecture, at the Smithsonian.

$75.00

JACOBI CRESCENTII GARENGEOT ... SPLANCHNOLOGIA SIVE ANATOMIA VISCERUM. DAS IST: GRÜNDLICHE ABHANDLUNG VON ALLEN EINGEWEIDEN DIE IN DENEN DREYEN CAVITÄTEN DES MENSCHLICHEN CÖRPERS ENTHALTEN ...
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JACOBI CRESCENTII GARENGEOT ... SPLANCHNOLOGIA SIVE ANATOMIA VISCERUM. DAS IST: GRÜNDLICHE ABHANDLUNG VON ALLEN EINGEWEIDEN DIE IN DENEN DREYEN CAVITÄTEN DES MENSCHLICHEN CÖRPERS ENTHALTEN ...

By Garengeot, René-Jacques Croissant de; Johann Alexander Mischel (trans.)

Berlin: Ambrosius Haude, 1733. First German edition.. Hardcover. Very good. 16mo. [16],444,[20] pp. plus 20 copper-engraved plates and approximately 90 blank leaves. Contemporary calf, spine stamped in blind, leather label stamped in blind, raised bands. Front free endpaper lacking. Binding rubbed and moderately worn, offsetting in first two leaves, minor worming in rear pastedown and several rear blanks. Very good. First German-language edition of Garengeot's SPLANCHNOLOGIE, OU L'ANATOMIE DES VISCERES (first published in Paris in 1728). René-Jacques Croissant de Garengeot (1688-1759) was a prominent French surgeon and author of several works on surgery and anatomy. The 20 anatomical illustrations of viscera in the present work were taken from drawings made directly from observation of human cadavers.

$600.00

ROBERT NESBITTS OSTEOGENIE ODER ABHANDLUNG VON ERZEUGUNG DER KNOCHEN IM MENSCHLICHEN KÖRPER IN ZWEEN VORLESUNGEN ERKLÄRT, DIE AUF DEM ANATOMISCHEN THEATER DER WUNDÄRZTE IN LONDON DEN ERSTEN UND ANDERN DES HEUMONATS, IM JAHR 1731. GEHALTEN WORDEN . . .
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ROBERT NESBITTS OSTEOGENIE ODER ABHANDLUNG VON ERZEUGUNG DER KNOCHEN IM MENSCHLICHEN KÖRPER IN ZWEEN VORLESUNGEN ERKLÄRT, DIE AUF DEM ANATOMISCHEN THEATER DER WUNDÄRZTE IN LONDON DEN ERSTEN UND ANDERN DES HEUMONATS, IM JAHR 1731. GEHALTEN WORDEN . . .

By Nesbitt, Robert; Johann Ernst Greding (trans.)

Altenburg: Paul Emanuel Richters, 1753. First German-language edition. Hardcover. Good. Quarto. [8],xxviii,[4],104 pp. plus six folding plates. In German. Contemporary three-quarter leather and speckled paper over boards. 19th-century ex-dono inscription in title page and occasional 19th-century marginal notes in German. Spine and nearly all leather perished, joints cracked. 2 x 2 cm. square excision in front free endpaper. Very light occasional foxing, else near fine internally. Overall good. The German translation of Robert Nesbitt's best known work, HUMAN OSTEOGENY EXPLAINED IN TWO LECTURES, first published in London in 1736. Robert Nesbitt (1697-1761) trained at Leiden University under Bernhardus Albinus the Elder (1653-1721) and Herman Boerhaave, the "Dutch Hippocrates" (1668-1738). An Englishman, Nesbitt returned to London after his studies and commenced his medical career; he was admitted as a fellow to the College of Physicians in 1729. The present work comprises two lectures he delivered at the Anatomical Theatre of the Surgeons of London in 1731, in which he demonstrated, for the first time, that bones in the human fetus were generated in both cartilage and membrane. The illustrations on six folding leaves, here engraved by Johann Christian Gottfried Fritzsch (ca. 1720 - 1802), were the first accurately to show the full course of human bone genesis. This edition scarce, with OCLC recording nine copies (all in Europe).

$550.00

L'USAGE DES GLOBES CELESTES ET TERRESTRES, ET DES SPHERES, SUIVANT LES DIFFERENS SYSTEMES DU MONDE. PRÉCEDÉ D'UN TRAITÉ DE COSMOGRAPHIE, OÙ EST EXPLIQUÉ AVEC ORDRE TOUT CE QU'IL Y A PLUS CURIEUX DANS LA DESCRIPTION DE L'UNIVERS, SUIVANT LES MEMOIRES & OBSERVATIONS DES PLUS HABILES ASTRONOMES & GEOGRAPHES. . .
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L'USAGE DES GLOBES CELESTES ET TERRESTRES, ET DES SPHERES, SUIVANT LES DIFFERENS SYSTEMES DU MONDE. PRÉCEDÉ D'UN TRAITÉ DE COSMOGRAPHIE, OÙ EST EXPLIQUÉ AVEC ORDRE TOUT CE QU'IL Y A PLUS CURIEUX DANS LA DESCRIPTION DE L'UNIVERS, SUIVANT LES MEMOIRES & OBSERVATIONS DES PLUS HABILES ASTRONOMES & GEOGRAPHES. . .

By Bion, Nicolas

Paris: Chez l'auteur... Laurent d'Houry... Jean Boudot, libraire..., 1699. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 12mo. [18],300;112 pp. plus 26 plates (three folding). Contemporary speckled calf, spine richly gilt, gilt leather label, raised bands, edges rouged. Light institutional inkstamp in title page. 18th-century inscription in titlepage and signature of Theophile Leonard in title page and final page of the dedication. Occasional 18th-century marginalia. Minor wear. Near fine. First edition of the first major work of Nicolas Bion, complete with 26 plates of terrestrial and celestial maps, diagrams, and images of globes. Bion (ca. 1652-1733) was a Paris-based cosmographer and maker of mathematical and astronomical instruments, holding the title of "king's engineer for mathematical instruments" under Louis XIV (DSB II, pp. 132-1330). A classic work in its field.

$1100.00

DE TELLURIBUS IN MUNDO NOSTRO SOLARI, QUAE VOCANTUR PLANETAE: ET DE TELLURIBUS IN COELO ASTRIFERO: DEQUE ILLARUM INCOLIS; TUM DE SPIRITIBUS & ANGELIS IBI; EX AUDITIS & VISIS
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DE TELLURIBUS IN MUNDO NOSTRO SOLARI, QUAE VOCANTUR PLANETAE: ET DE TELLURIBUS IN COELO ASTRIFERO: DEQUE ILLARUM INCOLIS; TUM DE SPIRITIBUS & ANGELIS IBI; EX AUDITIS & VISIS

By [Swedenborg, Emanuel]

London: [John Lewis], 1758. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Quarto. 72 pp. Errata leaf not present, as usual. In Latin. Late 19th-century red morocco, raised bands, gilt spine title, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Mid 19th-century ownership inscription in title page and underlining and extensive marginal notes in English and Latin from the same owner at various points throughout. Some loss to manuscript marginalia from trimming. Minor wear and soiling to binding and occasional soiling and foxing in contents. Very good. First edition, in Latin, of one of Swedenborg's early mystical writings, published anonymously by John Lewis in London in an edition of 1000 copies. This work, later published in English as "Concerning the Earths in our Solar System, which are called Planets; and concerning the Earths in the Starry Heaven; together with an account of their inhabitants, and also of the spirits and angels there..." is an account of Swedenborg's spiritual communications with the inhabitants of other worlds and a description of their various distinctive qualities and religious orientations. The spirits of Mercury travel across the universe in globe-like phalanxes "to acquire the knowledges of things." Describing to Swedenborg the vast numbers of beings and worlds beyond our own, they relate to him that "they knew there were earths existing in the universe to the number of some hundred thousands and upwards" and ask, "yet what is this to the Divine, which is infinite?" The inhabitants of Mars are "the best of all among the spirits who are from the earths of our solar system, for they are as to the most part celestial men, not unlike those who were of the Most Ancient Church on this earth." At the edge of our solar system, Swedenborg discovers "fiery smoke ascending out of a great chasm," where guards prevent the travel of spirits to whom leave has not been granted, and visits five worlds beyond it. An additional chapter explores the question of why our earth would be chosen for the Incarnation, determining that the capacity to create scripture began here: "That the Word might be written on our earth, is because the art of writing has existed here from the most ancient time, first on the bark of trees, next on parchment, afterwards on paper, and lastly published by types. This was provided by the Lord for the sake of the Word." Throughout, Swedenborg's considerable astronomical knowledge and distinctive theology emerge in his narration and in dialogues between himself and the other beings. ESTC T90963. Hyde 956. Caillet 10482 (French translation).

$900.00

ELIXIR DE VIE. . . [manuscript caption title]
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ELIXIR DE VIE. . . [manuscript caption title]

By [Long Life Elixir]

[France, ca. 1760s]. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Bifolium, approximately 10 x 7 1/2 inches. [3]pp. of text. Early folds, light dampstains in corners, mild foxing. Very good, untrimmed, in a fine custom cloth folding case with printed paper label. 18th-century manuscript recipe for the “long life elixir” closely associated with a 17th-century Swedish doctor known variously as “Samst,” “Vornets,” “Xermet,” “Yerner,” “Yernest,” “Gernest,” and, here, “Guernai.” The recipe, which has ancient origins and a millennia-long history of revision and rediscovery, has been widely credited in its present form to the Swedish doctor at least since the 1760s, when several similar manuscripts and a handful of printed notices appeared throughout France. In a 2012 article in the REVUE D’HISTOIRE DE LA PHARMACIE, “<<Un>> ou… <<Le>> précieux manuscrit de <<L’élixir de longue vie>> nouvellement découvert,” Jean-Pierre Grelaud argues persuasively for a 1700-1710 date of another recently discovered—and, at this point, earliest known—comparable manuscript, suggesting a date no later than the turn of the 18th century for the death of the Swedish doctor. The true name of the doctor has never been conclusively determined, nor specific details (or proof) of his life uncovered. It is certain, however, that his formula either was derived from or shared common roots with recipes Paracelsus discussed during the 16th century. A consistent key element was Venetian theriac (here, “thériaque de Venise,” known also as “Venice treacle” and therica andromachi), which is usually thought to have originated in Greece, particularly with Andromachus the Elder of Crete, in the first century C.E. This compound traditionally contained viper flesh, scorpion venom, opium, and myrrh among its scores of ingredients and appears to have traveled as far as China in its first several centuries. The elixir of life, in general, appears to have origins as old as Babylon and was discussed extensively by European and Arabic alchemists, eventually attaching itself to the legends of Nicolas Flamel and the Comte de Saint Germain. Most early copies of the present version of the recipe inform us that the original manuscript was found in the papers of a Swedish doctor who died at an advanced age (almost invariably 104, but here 110) from a fall from a horse. The “secret” had existed in his family for “several centuries,” and daily consumption helped his grandfather, father, and mother live similarly long lives (in the present copy, to 130, 112, and 104 years, respectively). The handful of known 18th-century examples of the recipe are remarkably consistent regarding the elixir’s ingredients and their proportions, method of preparation, and uses. When there is variation among the lists of ingredients, it tends to occur in the proportion of aloe (this copy shows the greatest amount, at “un once et trois gros” to the single “gros” of most other elements) and rhubarb (here, a gros and a half) and in the specific names used for the different ingredients (e.g., “safran du levant” here is usually “le meilleur safran,” sometimes “d’orient” or “oriental”). Unique to the present manuscript is an interesting final paragraph referring to a “frere Nicolas de friardel,” presumably a monk at the Augustinian priory of Saint-Cyr at Friardel in Calvados, Lower Normandy. Brother Nicolas has mentioned that using the elixir regularly for two years has largely cured him of a “cruel gout” which had “robbed him of the use of his feet and hands.”

$1500.00

TWELVE LECTURES ON COMPARATIVE EMBRYOLOGY, DELIVERED BEFORE THE LOWELL INSTITUTE, IN BOSTON, DECEMBER AND JANUARY, 1848-9. . .
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TWELVE LECTURES ON COMPARATIVE EMBRYOLOGY, DELIVERED BEFORE THE LOWELL INSTITUTE, IN BOSTON, DECEMBER AND JANUARY, 1848-9. . .

By Agassiz, Louis

New York: Dewitt & Davenport, 1849. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Good. 104,4 pp. including numerous in-text illustrations. Original printed wrappers. Rear wrapper lacking. Front wrapper moderately soiled and abraded, spine chipped, edges worn. Internally clean. Good.

$75.00