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Engraved folding frontis. & five folding engraved plates. xv, [1], 339 pp. 8vo, orig. grey boards, red leather lettering piece on spine. Munich: J. Lindauer, 1792. First edition of this collection of sixteen monographs of scientific, natural historical, and practical articles written by the members of a private scientific society established at Ingolstadt, of which Schrank was the informal leader. The authors include Schrank (six essays on ornithology, botany, and geology); Joseph Bernhard Haim, a mining official at Salzburg (chemical and mineralogical observations); Johann Evangelist Helfenzrieder, professor of mathematics at Ingolstadt (on aeronautics and lightning rods); Matthias Brunswiser, physician at Burghausen (on city cemeteries); Kaspar Melchior Balthasar Schroll, professor of mining at Salzburg (on a new kind of oven); and Franz Seraphim Zallinger zum Thurn, professor of physics at Innsbruck (on advancements in cartography). Fine copy from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kin ... Read more

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Two engraved plates. 80 pp. 8vo, cont. boards (spine a little soiled), spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. Frankfurt am Main: Hermann, 1791. First edition and rare. Cancrin (1738-1812), was an engineer and high government official, both in Germany and in Russia, where he was recruited by Catherine the Great to manage the Staraya Russa saltworks. "Despite the press of his civil offices, Cancrin found time (1773-1791) to write an encyclopedic work in twenty-one volumes that covered all aspects of the mining of metals and salt - including mineralogy, assaying, mathematics, and mechanics. This work brought him a European reputation."-D.S.B., III, pp. 41-42. This is one of Cancrin's numerous separate works. It describes newly invented apparatus and procedures used to manufacture potash, which was used in bleaching textiles, making glass and soap, as a baking aid, and as a fertilizer. The finely engraved plates depict the furnaces and leaching pots. Fine copy. Old stamp on v ... Read more

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Four folding engraved plates & one folding printed table. 2 p.l., [5]-55 pp. 8vo, cont. speckled dark grey boards, flat spine gilt. Dresden: Walther, 1786. [bound with]: [-]. Abhandlung vom Pottaschsieden...Zweyter Theil. Two folding engraved plates. 8vo. Dresden: Walther, 1800. Second editions (1st eds.: 1771 & 1780) of these extremely rare works on the manufacture of potash employing different materials including wood and plant ashes. In various forms, potash has been used since the earliest days in bleaching textiles, making glass and soap, as a baking aid, and as a fertilizer. The fine plates depict furnaces, leaching pots, and other apparatus necessary to manufacture potash. Fine copy from the library of Dukes of Schönborn Buchheim with their engraved bookplate and label on upper cover. WorldCat locates only one copy in the U.S. ❧ Ferchl, pp. 580-81-(knowing of his other writings on potash but not this). Mantel, II, 185.

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Folding engraved frontis. 15, [1], 328 pp. 8vo, cont. sprinkled calf, spine gilt. Dublin: S. Powell, 1771. First edition of this amalgamation of Young's Six Weeks Tour through the Southern Counties (1768) and Six Month' Tour through the North of England (1769). Baker (d. 1775) published several works suggested by Young under the auspices of the Dublin Society. "Arthur Young thought all these books very valuable...and would have been pleased to edit them for publication in England, where they were very scarce, if he could have found a bookseller prepared to guarantee him against loss, but he could not do so. His opinion was shared by the Royal Society, which elected Baker a Fellow in 1771, and by the Royal Society of Arts."-Fussell, II, p. 53. "Young was an honorary member of the Dublin Society and probably attended some of its meetings. He praised the Society for many of its activities but felt that it spent too much of its generous parliamentary appropriations upon manufactur ... Read more

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One hand-colored engraved plate. xix, 51 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards (some foxing), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: C. Dilly & J. Phillips, 1787. "Second edition" (but see below) of this translation of Commerell's work on the mangel wurzel, an uncommon beet developed in the 18th century as a fodder crop for livestock and, when harvested young, an excellent source of nutrition for humans. Commerell (d. 1799), chaplain to the Princess of Lowenstein in the German Lorraine and a member of the Société d'Agriculture de Paris, was interested in husbandry and wrote a monograph in French on the mangel wurzel. Lettsom (1744-1815), physician, philanthropist, and champion of improving projects, was much involved in the introduction of the mangel wurzel in Britain. When seeds of this vegetable were distributed to the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Lettsom received some, sowed them in his ... Read more

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16 engraved plates (2 folding). xv, 182 pp., one leaf of "Conclusion." Large 4to, orig. paper-backed boards (spine expertly rebacked to match, some worming in upper margins), uncut. Edinburgh: G. Nicol et al., 1797. First edition. Johnstone (d. 1838), an Edinburgh surveyor, was promised a grant of £1000 by the recently formed Board of Agriculture to provide a detailed and accurate account of the system of land drainage developed by Joseph Elkington (d. 1806), a farmer in Warwickshire and designer of land drainage systems. Elkington was known to be in poor health, and it was feared that knowledge of his innovations might perish with him. "About 1763 Elkington inherited a farm at Princethorpe, where some years later he discovered, at Long Harold Pits along a geological fault, the method of land drainage for which he is remembered. He discovered by accident, after losing more than 800 sheep to liver rot, how some strata were porous and pervious to water while others were not, ... Read more

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Folding engraved frontis. & 18 folding engraved plates. [iii]-xvi, [one leaf of ads], 211, [1] pp. 8vo, mid-19th-cent. half-olive sheep & cloth, upper cover stamped in blind "Carolus Porcher de Clyffe" with his arms, binder's ticket "Bound by S. Mepham, Dorchester," spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. London: R. Phillips, 1808. "Third edition, corrected and enlarged" (the first edition appeared in 1797, and there were a total of five editions through 1841). Johnstone (d. 1838), an Edinburgh surveyor, was promised a grant of £1000 by the recently formed Board of Agriculture to provide a detailed and accurate account of the system of land drainage developed by Joseph Elkington (d. 1806), a farmer in Warwickshire and designer of land drainage systems. Elkington was known to be in poor health, and it was feared that knowledge of his innovations might perish with him. "About 1763 Elkington inherited a farm at Princethorpe, where some y ... Read more

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Five engraved plates & tables in the text. 1 p.l., iii, 115 pp. Large 4to, modern calf-backed marbled boards (minor foxing, faintest dampstaining to outer margins in second half of book). [Edinburgh: 1805]. First separate printing, later published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. "This important memoir, which made the author the founder of experimental geology, contains his classic experiments undertaken in support of the Huttonian Theory."-Sotheran, Vol. II, 8816. "Hall followed experimental methods; he selected different varieties of ancient basalt and lavas from Vesuvius and Etna, reduced them to a molten state, and allowed them to cool. At first he arrived only at negative results, as vitreous masses were produced; but he then retarded the process of cooling, and actually succeeded in obtaining solid, crystalline rock-material. By regulating the temperature and the time allowed for the cooling and consolidation, Hall could produce rocks varying from finely ... Read more

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2 p.l., 46 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Warrington: Printed by W. Eyres, 1796. First edition of this scarce provincial imprint. During the final four decades of the 18th century Britain experienced a number of corn harvest failures with a resulting rise in the price of wheat. The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, the Board of Agriculture, and various private individuals advocated the adoption of the potato as a substitute for wheat, and great efforts were made to popularize the cultivation of this crop. The writer of the present tract was no doubt inspired by a Board of Agriculture report on the culture and use of potatoes, which was published in 1795. Kirkpatrick, who lived near Wigan in Lancashire, a well-established center for potato cultivation, was not a professional nurseryman, but he grew certain plants in his garden that he offered for sale. "After giving details concerning ... Read more

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Title printed in red & black. [16] leaves. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards (minor foxing). N.p.: 1601. First edition in German of Pirckheimer's ironical and humorous eulogy on gout, from which he suffered in old age, fashioned in the manner of Erasmus's Moria. Pirckheimer (1470-1530), humanist, collector, and patron, was a frequent correspondent with Erasmus; they shared scholarly interests as well as a similar outlook on contemporary issues. Both Pirckheimer and Erasmus considered immoderate scholarliness as the cause of gout. Pirckheimer's encomium to the gout proved to be the most influential of all encomia addressed to medical topics. Fine copy and very rare; WorldCat lists no copy in North America. The first edition, in Latin, was published in Nuremberg in 1522. ❧ Bietenholz & Deutscher, Contemporaries of Erasmus, Vol. III, pp. 90-94.

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[8] leaves (the last is blank). Small 4to, modern limp vellum (light dampstaining at foot). [Tübingen: T. Anshelm, 1513]. First edition of this early and rare balneological work which describes the mineral baths at Wildbad and their benefits. Wildbad is a watering place in Württemberg, situated in the Enz gorge in the Black Forest. Its thermal alkaline springs have a temperature of 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Widmann (1440-1524), took his master of arts degree at Heidelberg and then went to Italy where he studied medicine at Pavia, Padua, and Ferrara. He received his medical degree at Ulm. Later, Widmann held a series of posts, including physician to Margrave Christoph von Baden and Duke Eberhard von Württemberg, city physician at Basel, Strasbourg, and Ulm, and professor of medicine at Tübingen. His tract on syphilis, published in 1497, is considered to be one of the best written in the 15th century. In this work, Widmann describes the medical uses the waters of Wildbad provide ... Read more

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Eleven folding engraved plates. xxiv, 432 pp. 8vo later yellow wrappers, uncut. Berlin: Realschulbuchhandlung, 1804. First edition of a very scarce book; it is "one of the most important books in the history of bleaching and the first of several on this subject by Hermbstädt."-Neville, I, p. 628. "Hermbstaedt's greatest achievement lay in the field of technology...As a member of the Technical Industrial and Trade Commission, Hermbstaedt frequently met industrialists, including many from outside Prussia. Through the publication of his many textbooks, he performed a valuable service for Prussian industry."-D.S.B., XV, p. 206. Hermbstädt (1760-1833), the first chemist in Germany to adopt Lavoisier's views, was professor of technological chemistry at the University of Berlin. Fine copy. ❧ Cole 639-"A complete textbook on the theory and practice of bleaching." Partington, III, pp. 577-80. Poggendorff, I, 1082-83. Ron, Bibliotheca Tinctoria, 51 ... Read more

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Engraved allegorical frontis. by Daniel Chodowiecki. Woodcut illus. & printed music in the text, including several folding leaves of printed music in the pagination. xii, 568 pp.; 2 p.l., [569]-1287, [8] pp. Two vols. Large 4to, fine cont. marbled polished sheep (minor browning), flat spines richly gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Leipzig: Heirs of M.G. Weidemann & Reich, 1771-74. First edition, and a lovely set, of this encyclopedia of the fine arts, "one of the most widely consulted and frequently cited works on aesthetics of the German Enlightenment...Aimed at a popular market of art-loving amateurs (Leibhaber) who lacked specialist knowledge, it presented its philosophical and technical arguments in an accessible article format. The work underwent numerous reprints and new editions in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, and, soon, after its initial appearance, many of the articles were translated into French and incorporated into the Supplémen ... Read more

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Allgemeines gelehrten-Lexicon

JOECHER, Christian Gottlieb

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Engraved frontis. port. of the author in Vol. I & one large engraved vignette. Titles printed in red & black. Four vols. Large thick 4to, cont. vellum over boards, spines lettered in gilt. Leipzig: J.F. Gleditsch, 1750-50-51-51. First edition of the still essential bio-bibliographical dictionary; there are about 50,000 entries. Jöcher (1694-1758), was professor of philosophy and librarian at the University of Leipzig. The present book is his greatest work and continues to be of considerable use; it remains the only convenient place to find accounts of many obscure authors and their writings. Fine set from the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana. ❧ Besterman 819.

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Printer's device in red on title & numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. Title printed in red & black. 6 p.l., 143 numbered leaves. Folio, most attractive early 18th-cent. mottled half-sheep & mottled boards (head of spine a bit worn, title a little browned), spine gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spine. Venice: L. Giunta, 1528. First edition of the first translation of the Almagest from the original Greek. Previously Ptolemy's great astronomical text was available only in the 12th-century translation of Gherardo da Cremona from an Arabic translation (1st ed.: 1515). The present translation was made directly from the Greek in 1451 by George of Trebizond, using a manuscript in the Vatican; this translation was edited for publication by Luca Gaurico. The original Greek text was not published until 1538. The Almagest was the foundation of ancient astronomy and a work as influential as the Elements of Euclid. "Ptolemy's chief work in astronomy, and the ... Read more

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12 p.l. (the first a blank), 159, [9] pp. (final leaf blank). 12mo, cont. sheep (spine faded, a bit rubbed). London: J.C. for W. Crook, 1672. First edition of "the earliest work in English on the medicinal virtues of North American tropical plants. Based on first-hand observations made in the West Indies. Evidence suggests that Hughes began his career in 1651 with a privateering voyage to the West Indies, during which he traveled to Barbados, St. Kitts, Cuba, Jamaica and mainland Florida. He appears to have spent a good deal of time visiting British plantations on Jamaica and Barbados, where he observed and made descriptions of a large number of New World tropical plants including potatoes, yams, maize ('the wheat of America'), bananas, avocadoes ('Spanish pears'), chili peppers, watermelons, sugarcane, guavas, prickly pears, coconuts and manioc. Hughes's work 'contributed greatly to the spread of the American indigenous use of plants either for Meat or Medicine.'-Wi ... Read more

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Finely engraved frontis. & 158 plates, all finely hand-colored. Four vols. in two. 4 p.l., 126, [4] pp.; 138, [2] pp.; 4 p.l., 118, [2], 23, [1] pp.; 16 pp. Large 4to, fine slightly later 18th-cent. citron morocco, sides with gilt border, flat spines finely decorated in gilt, green morocco lettering pieces on spines, dentelles gilt, a.e.g. Nuremberg: A.W. Winterschmidt, 1764-66-68-75. The finest copy I have seen in many years, finely bound in citron morocco, of the first edition in French of this famous and beautifully illustrated microscopical work. Ledermüller (1719-69), a polymath, displayed a discerning interest in the art and science of natural history and especially in the newer science of microscopy, which made it possible to study the characteristics of a great variety of specimens. The fine engravings, made by Winterschmidt from the author's drawings and beautifully hand-colored, depict a wide range of objects under magnification including insects, plants, fungi, minerals, cochin ... Read more

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2 p.l., [vii]-xx, 385, [1] pp. 8vo, cont. sheep-backed boards (joints cracked but strong, head of spine worn), flat spine gilt with red & green morocco labels. Paris: Cuchet, 1788. First edition. At the behest of the Faculty of Medicine, and "with the collaboration of Delaporte (of the Royal Society of Medicine) Fourcroy made very detailed analyses of the waters of Enghien, in the valley of Montmorency, and a large quantity was brought to Paris for further study. A full account of these waters was read by Fourcroy at ten successive meetings of the society and subsequently published in the present book...A balneological and analytical chemical classic, which is 'entirely chemical in content' (Duveen)."-Neville, I, p. 474. As a result of this analysis the waters were recommended for various ailments, and Enghien developed into a fashionable resort. The book includes two further studies, on the waters of Vaugirard by Poulletier de la Salle, Macquart, and Fourcroy and of Saint-Germai ... Read more

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Analyse des Équations déterminées...Première Partie

FOURIER, Jean Baptiste Joseph, Baron

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[all published]. 2 p.l., xxiv, 258 pp. Large 4to, cont. half-calf & marbled boards (very carefully rebacked with orig. spine laid-down), spine gilt, pale blue lettering piece on spine. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, 1831. First edition of the work which first contains "Fourier's theorem" on the number of real roots between two chosen limits. "At the time of his death, Fourier was trying to prepare these and many other results for a book to be called Analyse des équations déterminées; he had almost finished only the first two of its seven livres. His friend Navier edited it for publication in 1831 inserting an introduction to establish from attested documents (including the 1789 paper) Fourier's priority on results which had by then become famous. Perhaps Fourier was aware that he would not live to finish the work, for he wrote a synopsis of the complete book which also appeared in the edition. The synopsis indicated his wide interests in the subject ... Read more

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Engraved allegorical vignette on title by Nutting incorporating a portrait of Newton as the source of light, two folding engraved tables, numerous engravings in the text, and several engraved head- & tailpieces. 7 p.l., 101 pp. 4to, very good antique mottled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Pearson, 1711. First edition of one of the great books of science and a famous rarity. This book contains Newton's first independent treatise on higher mathematics and his first account of one of his three great contributions to science, the invention of calculus. It also contains the first printed account of his equally significant discovery of the binomial theorem. This work must be considered alongside his Principia of 1687 (Horblit 78) and Opticks of 1704 (Horblit 79) as demonstrating his extraordinary achievements in mathematics, physics, and optics respectively. This work contains De Analysi per Aequationes Numero Terminorum Infinitas (written in 1669 and published here ... Read more

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