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Title within elaborate calligraphic woodcut border (title a little soiled & frayed around edges). 242 leaves (the last a blank). Small folio, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (binding somewhat soiled, pigskin at one corner worn away), remains of clasps & catches. Hamburg: A. Lichtenstein, 1682. First edition, extremely rare, of this large and comprehensive Hamburg manual of accounting techniques. Only two other copies seem to be extant: one at the British Library and the other Tübingen. The book was a success and a second edition was published in 1714 under the title Der Werth-geschätzte Handels-Mann. Joachim Rademann was a chartered accountant at Hamburg. At the end of this, his first published work, he describes himself a "young man" and, according to Schröder, he married in 1683; otherwise, nothing seems to be known of his life. Based on Christoph Achatius Hager's treatise Buchhalten uber proper Commission und Compagnia Handlungen, firs ... Read more

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Four plates of floor plans of Longford Castle. 60 pp. 8vo, orig. tan printed wrappers. [London: Chiswick Press]; "To be Obtained from the Housekeeper, Longford Castle," 1910. "Third edition, edited and revised by William Barclay Squire, F.S.A."; this is the most complete record of the collection. Radnor (1868-1903), was a prominent Conservative politician and his mother Helen Matilda Chaplin (1846-1929) helped compile this catalogue. The collection began with the father-son pair of Sir Jacob de Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone (1694-1761), and William, 2nd Viscount and later 1st Earl of Radnor (1725-76). The former purchased more than 100 pictures, including works by Holbein, Moroni, and Poussin. Some of the paintings featured in this catalogue now reside in the National Gallery, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Poussin's The Adoration of the Golden Calf also went to the National Gallery in 1945, while his The Crossing of the Red Sea resides in the National Galle ... Read more

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Four folding printed tables & numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. 6 p.l. (two of these preliminary leaves are mis-bound at end), 188 pp., 4 leaves of errata at end. Small 4to, attractive antique calf, panelled in gilt, gilt fleurons in each corner, spine gilt. Zurich: J.J. Bodmer, 1659. First edition and an absolutely complete copy of this rare and noteworthy mathematical book; our copy has all four folding printed tables (most copies described in OCLC seem to have only three) and an extra leaf of errata not present in the Macclesfield copy (sale, Sotheby's London, 25 Oct. 2005, lot 1705, £12,000 including premium). In this book on page 73, Rahn first introduced the symbol "÷" in print "as a sign of division; (2) the Archimedean spiral for involution; (3) the double epsilon for evolution; (4) the use of capital letters B, D, E, for given numbers, and small letters a, b, for unknown numbers; (5) the * for multiplication; (6) the first use of ∴ for 'th ... Read more

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Woodcut diagrams in the text. 3 p.l., 5-55, [9], 95, [1] pp. Small 4to, 18th-cent. calf (rebacked & recornered), red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Typis TB. for A. & I. Churchill et al., 1702. Third edition; the first edition appeared in 1690 and the second in 1697. Raphson (d. 1715 or 1716), also wrote the important History of Fluxions (1715) and translated Newton's Arithmetica Universalis into English (1720). He was a fellow of the Royal Society. "In 1690, Joseph Raphson...published a tract, Analysis aequationum universalis. His method closely resembles that of Newton. The only difference is this, that Newton derives each successive step, p, q, r, of approach to the root, from a new equation, while Raphson finds it each time by substitution in the original equation...Raphson does not mention Newton; he evidently considered the difference sufficient for his method to be classed independently. To be emphasized is the fact that the process which in modern texts goes by t ... Read more

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Seven folding engraved plates. xv, [1], 138, [3] pp. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (head & foot of spine a little worn, vellum a little warped), spine lettered in gilt. Casale: G.A. Meardi, 1764. [bound with]: RATTI, Alfonso. Nuova Giunta...cioé Descrizione de' cambiamenti fatti al Seminatore con i quali esso si è reso più semplice. One folding engraved plate, numbered "8." 45, [1] pp. 8vo. Casale: G.A. Meardi, 1766. First editions; the second work, by Alfonso Ratti, is an addition to his father's earlier treatise. Following Jethro Tull's invention and perfection of the seed drill, there were numerous others who developed modifications and further improvements. In the first work, Ratti, a native of Casale Monferrato in the Piedmont, provides a history of the seed drill, its permutations, and its introduction into Italy. He then describes his version of the machine, which had the ability to plant many kinds of seeds, and his experiences as a far ... Read more

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75 pp. Small 8vo, cont. red crushed morocco, triple gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: C. Herissant, 1775. First edition of a fairly scarce book. Raulin (1708-84), physician-in-ordinary to the King and a fellow of the London Royal Society, had an extensive practice and was a prolific writer on medical and balneological subjects. His writings were known for their clarity and for the great number of new observations. The present work is an account of the chief mineral springs of Europe. Raulin describes the chemical constituents of each spring, methods of treatment, and the medical benefits. A fine and lovely copy. ❧ Ferchl, p. 433. Hirsch, IV, p. 734.

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16 folding engraved plates & 11 engraved headpieces. xviii, 364 pp.; 2 p.l., 427 pp. Two vols. Small 8vo, cont. polished mottled calf (short split to foot of lower joint of Vol. II), spines gilt, red & citron morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1751. Second edition, considerably enlarged, and a fine association copy: this belonged to Charles Bonnet (1720-93), "one of the fathers of modern biology" (D.S.B.), who has signed both title-pages and made a note on the free front-endpaper of each volume "Donné par l'illustre Auteur." Bonnet was a student of Réaumur and both worked on regeneration. It was Réaumur's suggestion that inspired Bonnet to work on aphids which led to his first - in 1746 - and greatest discovery, the parthenogenesis of the aphid. The two had been frequent correspondents since 1737. This is an early and famous work on the artificial incubation of eggs. "But the most famous of all the att ... Read more

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Seventeen folding engraved plates. 10 p.l., 566, [2] pp. Large 4to, cont. marbled calf (joints & corners with very careful repairs), spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: M. Brunet, 1722. First edition of the first comprehensive book devoted to the manufacture of iron and steel; it "laid the foundations of the steel industry in France."-Partington, III, p. 64. Réaumur was the first to recognize that steel was actually impure iron and set up the first scale of seven types of fracture of iron and steel. The fine plates are valuable for illustrating the contemporary apparatus and methods of converting iron into steel. For a detailed account of this book, see D.S.B., XI, pp. 328-30. A fine and handsome copy. Ex Bibliotheca Mechanica. ❧ Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 273-74-"Réaumur's most original contribution to industrial technology...Part one, containing twelve memoirs, deals with the production of steel from ... Read more

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Six folding engraved plates. 1 p.l., xvi, 322 pp.; 1 p.l., 238 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. marbled boards, orange & pale blue lettering pieces on spines. Lausanne: J. Mourer, 1789. First edition. Razoumovsky (1759-1837), a wealthy Russian aristocrat, spent most of his life in Switzerland, Austria, and Italy and wrote many noteworthy works on geological and mineralogical subjects (see Zittel, pp. 91 & 119). "Very scarce...First and only edition of an illustrated account of the fauna and geology of the Swiss Jura, in the vicinity of Neuchâtel, Murten and Biel, northwest of Bern...The first volume describes the fauna according to the Linnean system. The second includes a geological description with notes on mining, minerals, fossils etc. The illustrations cover zoology (especially reptiles), entomology and geology (including fossils)."-Schuh, Mineralogy & Crystallography: A Biobibliography, 1469 to 1920, 4045. Fine and attractive set. ❧ Poggendorff, II, 578-79.

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[Edited by Johannes Angelus]. White-on-black woodcut initials & a large woodcut printer's device in red at end. [156] unnumbered leaves (final two signatures bound at front in this copy, first few leaves a little frayed & lightly stained around margins), 40 lines, Gothic letter. 4to (220 x 164 mm.), cont. limp vellum (a little wrinkled). Augsburg: E. Ratdolt, 1490. [bound with]: ANGELUS (or ENGEL), Johannes. Astrolabium planum in Tabulis ascendens... Numerous woodcuts in the text, 7- & 12-line white-on-black woodcut initials. [176] unnumbered leaves (the final two are blank, four leaves misbound), 40 lines, Gothic letter. 4to (single small puncture hole in gutter in the second half of the book, occasionally touching a letter). Augsburg: E. Ratdolt, 27 November [or 6 October] 1488. First editions, and a most wonderful survival in a contemporary limp vellum binding (clearly intended to be temporary), of these two handsome and uncommon astronomical works; many outer and lower edges ar ... Read more

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Liber De Verbo Mirifico

REUCHLIN, Johann

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62 unnumbered leaves (the final leaf, a blank, is present). Small folio, cont. blind-stamped pigskin-backed wooden boards, orig. clasps & catches. Tübingen: T. Anshelm, 1514. [bound with]: -. De Arte Cabalistica Libri Tres Leoni X. dicati. Large woodcut coat-of-arms of Reuchlin on title. Much printing in Hebrew. 4 p.l., LXXIX leaves, one leaf. Small folio. Hagenau: T. Anshelm, 1517. Fine and fresh copies of the second and first editions respectively of the Christian humanist Reuchlin's great expositions of the Cabbalistic art, present here together in a handsome binding of contemporary blind-stamped pigskin-backed wooden boards with the original catches and clasps. Reuchlin (1455-1522), was the first German humanist to rank as a great Hebrew scholar. His studies of the Hebrew language and of the Cabbala have earned him considerable historical significance. Reuchlin used his extensive travels to establish contact with Jewish scholars and humanists, and to acquire manuscripts and prin ... Read more

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Five head-pieces, one tail-piece, two folding maps, three folding plates (all engraved), & three folding printed tables. 4 p.l., xix, 302 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. marbled sheep (head of lower joint a little split), flat spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Bossange, 1806. First edition of an important book on the Crimea; it also contains descriptions of previously unrecorded coins and medals from the area. Reuilly (1780-1810), man of letters and diplomat, traveled extensively in eastern Europe. In 1803, Reuilly joined the staff of the Duc de Richelieu, the recently named governor of Odessa. Befriended by the German naturalist Pallas, the two travelled throughout southern Russia, especially the Crimea, and even to the Azov Sea. The first part of this work provides a history of the region, before and after the Russian annexation in 1783, and describes the climate, natural resources, its inhabitants, customs, etc. There is a most interesting chapter devoted ... Read more

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Fine engraved frontis., two engraved plates, & four folding printed tables. 342 pp. 8vo, cont. fine dark blue sheep maroquiné (extremities a trifle rubbed), sides with gilt filet, flat spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Prague: G. Haase, 1818. First edition; a very fine and handsome copy printed on thick paper and bound in contemporary dark blue sheep maroquiné, gilt. Reuss (1761-1830), took his medical degree in 1783 and established a practice at Prague; during the same period he also conducted mineralogical and geological investigations and went to Freiberg to hear Werner lecture at the Bergakademie. He wrote an important geological textbook which contained the most complete exposition of Werner's ideas. "In 1784 Reuss became physician to Prince Lobkowitz and moved to the northwestern Bohemian city of Bilin...Bilin was already famous as a spa, and Reuss, in addition to his medical duties, supervised the exploitation of the mineral springs and ... Read more

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Die Mineralquellen zu Bilin

REUSS, Franz Ambrosius

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Folding engraved frontis. depicting Bilin & an engraved vignette on title. 3 p.l., 138 pp. 8vo, cont. straight-grained dark blue morocco, decorative fillet round sides, spine richly gilt, silk endpapers, a.e.g. Vienna: Geistinger, 1808. First edition and a lovely copy in contemporary blue straight-grained morocco with most attractive gilt decoration on covers and, particularly, the spine. Reuss (1761-1830), took his medical degree in 1783 and established a practice at Prague; during the same period he also conducted mineralogical and geological investigations and went to Freiberg to hear Werner lecture at the Bergakademie. He wrote an important geological textbook which contained the most complete exposition of Werner's ideas. "In 1784 Reuss became physician to Prince Lobkowitz and moved to the northwestern Bohemian city of Bilin...Bilin was already famous as a spa, and Reuss, in addition to his medical duties, supervised the exploitation of the mineral springs and mines belonging to his ... Read more

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2 p.l., 171 pp. 8vo, cont. red sheep maroquiné, decorative fillet round sides, spine nicely gilt, pale green silk endpapers, a.e.g. Vienna: A. Strauss, n.d. [1808?]. First edition and quite scarce. Reuss (1761-1830), took his medical degree in 1783 and established a practice at Prague; during the same period he also conducted mineralogical and geological investigations and went to Freiberg to hear Werner lecture at the Bergakademie. He wrote an important geological textbook which contained the most complete exposition of Werner's ideas. "In 1784 Reuss became physician to Prince Lobkowitz and moved to the northwestern Bohemian city of Bilin...Bilin was already famous as a spa, and Reuss, in addition to his medical duties, supervised the exploitation of the mineral springs and mines belonging to his patron. In this connection he continued his mineralogical and geological researches and concurrently began an investigation of the spas of northern Bohemia."-D.S.B., XI, p. 387. In this ... Read more

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2 p.l., [v]-xxiv, 1 leaf, 390, [13] pp. 8vo, cont. polished half-calf & boards (two corners a bit worn, some foxing), flat spine gilt, red & green leather lettering pieces on spine. Berlin: J.F. Unger, 1794. The very rare second edition (rarer than the first edition of 1784), enlarged; this celebrated collection became the nucleus of the Spencer library. The catalogue has been printed on fine wove paper with the beautiful types of Germany's foremost type founder-printer of the period, J.F. Unger. "In 1790 [Earl Spencer] succeeded in purchasing from the aged owner the extremely choice collection of first editions of the classics formed by Count Reviczky, the Emperor's ambassador to the English court. Reviczky's books, of which he had himself printed a catalogue, were all in very fine condition and contained some of the most desirable items from the La Vallière sale (Paris: 1784). This was the real nucleus of the Spencer library."-De Ricci, p. 73. This edition conta ... Read more

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Finely engraved frontis. port. of the author in Vol. I., one folding engraved map, and numerous engraved or woodcut illus. in the text including vortices & anatomical depictions. Titles printed in red & black. 20 p.l., 480, [89] pp.; 7 p.l., 648, [48] pp., one leaf of errata; 8 p.l., 544, [43] pp., one leaf of errata. Three vols. Large 4to, cont. red morocco, panelled in gilt with gilt fleurons in each corner, with the arms of Chancellor Louis Boucherat (1616-1699), stamped in gilt in the center of each cover, spines richly gilt, a.e.g. Paris: d'Anisson, Posuel, & Rigaud, 1690. First edition and a fine set bound in contemporary red morocco with the arms of Louis Boucherat (1616-99), Chancellor of France from 1685-99, succeeding Le Tellier and serving under Louis XIV. Régis (1632--1707), was one of the principal expositors of Cartesian natural philosophy and this is his most important book on the subject. After finishing his classical studies in La Salvetat de Blanquefort, near ... Read more

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Canon Doctrinae Triangulorum

RHETICUS , Georg Joachim

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Woodcut vignette of an obelisk on title. Title & tables printed in red & black. [23] pp. 4to, attractive antique panelled calf (smallish stamp very carefully bleached from verso of title). Leipzig: W. Gunter, 1551. First edition of a great rarity; this epoch-making book contains "the first table to give all six trigonometric functions, including the first extensive table of tangents and the first printed table of secants."-D.S.B., XI, p. 397. These were the first great trigonometric tables ever issued; J.W.L. Glaisher described Rheticus as "by far the greatest computer of pure trigonometrical tables, whose work has never been superseded." This slender quarto does not consist entirely of these trigonometric tables; at the end is a six-page "Dialogus de Canone Doctrinae Triangulorum" by Rheticus. It is presented in the format of a humanist dialogue between Hospes, a guest, and Philomathes, who represents Rheticus's pupil Matthias Stojus, who also wrote the ... Read more

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Title with finely engraved architectural border (image slightly cropped at outer margin, minor staining) & many woodcut diagrams in the text. Some printing in red. 10 p.l. (incl. the engraved title), 85 (i.e., 86) pp., 1 leaf, 86-104 pp.; 140 pp.; 1 p.l., 341 pp., 1 leaf; 121, [1] pp.; 554 pp., one blank leaf; 181 pp. (many mis-paginations). Six parts in one vol. Large thick folio, cont. blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards (extremities somewhat worn, relatively minor worming to first 40 leaves, occasional staining), two (of four) catches. [Neustadt: M. Harnisch], 1596. First edition of an extremely rare and important book; we sold this copy 25 years ago and now it has, happily, come back to us. I know of only one other nice copy to come on the market in all those intervening years. Rheticus's "independent place in the history of mathematics is due precisely to his computation of the innovative and monumental trigonometrical tables."-D.S.B., XI, p. 396. This monumental and ... Read more

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12 p.l., 586, [1] pp. Folio, cont. calf (joints a little rubbed, title dusty, some unimportant dampstaining towards end), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Antwerp: J. Meursius, 1643. A greatly expanded edition of the first bibliography of the Jesuit order; the first edition appeared in 1608. Many entries relate to the Jesuit missions in the Orient and the Americas. This edition is very rare with no copy located by OCLC in the U.S. Ribadeneira (1527-1611), a member of a noble Castilian family, after finishing his studies at the Universities of Paris, Louvain, and Padua, became a leading diplomat and administrator within the Jesuit order. A brilliant writer, he wrote a distinguished biography of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Belgian Jesuit historiographer Philippe Alegambe (1592-1652), extended the bibliography to include works published up to 1643 and added several useful indices. Very good fresh copy. 17th-century signature of Robert Wallis on free front endpaper. ❧ ... Read more

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