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14; 13 folding leaves. Two parts in one vol. Large 8vo, cont. or later dark wrappers dyed with persimmon juice (shibubiki), new stitching. [Japan, probably Kyoto: printed with moveable types, ca. 1615-40]. A very rare edition printed with moveable types, apparently unrecorded in the standard bibliographies, of the story - or legend - of the creation of the first statue of Siddhartha Gautama or Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The statue, executed while Buddha was still alive, was commissioned by King Udayana of Kaushambi, a contemporary of Buddha. It was the very first image of Buddha, and is especially important as it was carved from life. Copies of this statue made their way to China with the spread of Buddhism and, later, as we shall see, to Japan. The text provides a history of the creation of the first statue of Buddha, which is perhaps the most famous of all Buddha images. King Udayana commissioned the statue "so that he could gaze upon the sacred form of the Buddha while the ... Read more

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Eight columns per page, 17 characters per column. Three sizes of type. 42; 41; 38; 40 folding leaves. Four vols. Large 8vo (280 x 195 mm.), orig. dark wrappers dyed with persimmon juice (shibubiki), new stitching. [Enryakuji Temple, Mount Hiei: mid-Kan'ei, ca. 1626-30]. An unrecorded moveable type edition of the commentary and subcommentary of Zongmi (780-841), on the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment. This is a rare example of an Eizan-ban, a book printed with moveable type at the temples on Mount Hiei, outside of Kyoto, where Enryakuji Temple, one of the most important monasteries of Japan and the headquarters of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism, is located. Printing began there in the 13th century. "There were few of these [printed books] in the medieval period, perhaps due to the dominance of Kyoto itself as a printing centre...Eizan printing came into its own on a large scale only from the end of the sixteenth century, with the introduction of movable-type printing. Typographic pri ... Read more

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One woodcut diagram in the text. viii, 103 pp. 8vo, orig. American binding of sheep-backed green printed boards (browning throughout due to the quality of the paper). Philadelphia: E.Y. Schelly, 1838. First edition in German, enlarged with the additional text by Joel Schelly. Kendrick (1789-1872), was the son of one of the pioneer nurserymen in America, who had established a nursery in 1790 between Newton and Brighton, Massachusetts. "By 1823, William had become associated with his father in the enterprise, and for a half a century he was one of a small group of nurserymen who laid the foundations of the fruit industry of the present day...His interests were not entirely centered in nursery and fruit enterprises. At one period he gave considerable attention to silk culture. In 1835 there appeared under his authorship The American Silk Grower's Guide, which included a discussion of the growing of the mulberry. A second edition was printed in 1839."-D.A.B., V, pp, 341-42. This German ... 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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Engraved vignette on title & one large folding engraved plate (a little frayed at inner margin). xxxx, 78 pp. 8vo, cont. half-sheep & speckled boards (two corners a little worn, a little worming to covers), spine gilt. Moscow: "bey der Typographischen Gesellschafft," 1785. First edition of this translation, printed in Moscow, and edited anonymously. Cebes of Thebes (ca. 430-350 B.C.E.) was a member of Socrates' inner circle. One of the speakers in the Phaedo of Plato, he was represented as an earnest seeker after virtue and truth, keen in argument and cautious in decision. One of the dialogues that has been attributed to him is the Pinax or Tabula, also known as the Tablet of Cebes. In fact, it was probably Hellenistic, from the second or at the earliest, the first century. The Tabula was well known in antiquity, and after the first modern publication in the late fifteenth century, popular in Europe through the eighteenth century. The large and remarkable folding plate dep ... 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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Two large folding lithographed plates. viii, 123, [1] pp. Large 4to, orig. red morocco, sides stamped in a large blind arabesque & a broad gilt ruled border, a.e.g. Vienna: J.B. Wallishausser, 1852. First edition of this very rare work; OCLC locates one copy in the U.S. A description of the prize-winning locomotive "Bavaria," designed by Joseph Hall, an engineer from Newcastle, and manufactured by Maffei, the greatest builder of locomotives in Bavaria in the 19th century. The two large plates depict the locomotive in great detail. The locomotive won the prize offered by the Austrian government for the engine providing the most satisfactory performance on the mountainous Semmering line between Gloggnitz and Murzzuschlag. The text provides much technical information regarding the locomotive. "Aus diesem interessanten Werke erhellet, dass das bei der 'Bavaria' angewendete Princip eine Erfindung Freisauffs ist. Dem Werk sind die ganze Correspondenz mit dem Erbauer der ... Read more

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Woodcut printer's device on title. 10, [1] leaves. Small 4to, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Brescia: F. & P.M. de Marchetti, 1577. First edition of this collection of aphorisms on pediatric subjects by Ferrari, a physician who practiced medicine in Verona. It is a companion piece - and sometimes bound with - his important De Arte Medica Infantium, Libri Quatuor, published in the same year. "His aphorisms are based partly on Hippocrates and Galen, but partly also on much more recent writers, as can be seen from the quaint mixture of the more modern superstitions with ancient teaching and some sound common sense."-Still, The History of Paediatrics, pp. 147-51. Fine copy. ❧ Durling 1496.

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Finely engraved frontis. of the interior of the Imperial Library in Vienna, 43 folding engraved plates, 17 engravings in the text (including 8 full-page), engraved plan of Vienna on title, engraved headpiece, & one initial. Title printed in red & black. 12 p.l. (incl. the frontis.), 210 pp., one leaf of errata. Folio, cont. mottled sheep (dampstain, for the most part quite faint, in lower portion of final 40 leaves), spine richly gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Vienna: L.J. Kaliwoda, 1745. First edition, first issue, of this luxuriously printed and illustrated volume; this is a particularly fine and handsome copy. This work describes and illustrates the astronomical instruments in the private observatory of G.J. Marinoni (1676-1755), mathematician and astronomer to the Imperial Court of Austria and geodetic surveyor. Like the private observatories of Tycho Brahe in the 16th century and Hevelius in the 17th century, Marinoni's observatory was one of the most beautiful an ... Read more

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De Circulis Osculatoribus Dissertatio

[BOSCOVICH, Ruggero Giuseppe]

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One folding engraved plate. xii pp. Large 4to, modern patterned wrappers (minor browning). Rome: Komarek, [1740]. First edition of this early work by the author; WorldCat locates only two copies in North America. "Science in general took its lead in physics from Newton and in mathematical analysis from Leibniz, and it was at the root of Boskovic's idiosyncrasy that, whether deliberately or not, he took the opposite tack in both respects. Mathematics had always attracted him. Instead of the calculus as developed by the great analysts among his great contemporaries - d'Alembert, the Bernoullis, and Euler - he preferred the geometric method of infinitely small magnitudes 'which Newton almost always used,' as he said, and which embodied the 'power of geometry.' He particularly applied it to problems of differential geometry, terrestrial and celestial mechanics, and practical astronomy."- D.S.B., II, p. 330. Fine copy.

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2 p.l., 44 pp. Small 4to, cont. limp vellum, arms in gilt of Cardinal Francesco Barberini on covers, panelled in gilt with round gilt flower devices in each corner, silk ties gone, a.e.g. [Heidelberg]: G. Vögelin, 1622. First edition, a gift from Cardinal Francesco Barberini to Galileo's assistant and co-author Mario Guiducci, inscribed on the title-page "Ex dono Illustrissime Cardinalis Barberini - Marij Guiduccij liber est." This is a very rare book; I can locate only six other copies (see below). This copy represents the intersection of some of the most important dynamics of Baroque Rome. Written by Giulio Cesare Lagalla (1571-1624), medical doctor and professor of logic at the Sapienza University, in 1614, the book was seen through the press in Heidelberg by Lagalla's former student and future Vatican librarian Leone Allacci in 1622. This copy was given by Cardinal Francesco Barberini to Galileo's co-author Mario Guiducci in 1623. Lagalla was one of eight select friends ... Read more

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Two folding woodcut plates, three folding printed tables (plus two in duplicate), & several woodcuts in the text. 4 p.l., 138 pp., one blank leaf. 4to, antique 18th-century style calf-backed boards. Augsburg: Typis A. Apergeri, sumptibus S. Mylii, 1619-[20]. First edition, and a very good copy of a rare book; it contains the second observation of Halley's comet. In this work, Kepler "discussed in detail the bright comets of 1607 and 1618. Reflecting on the ephemeral nature of comets, he proposed a strictly rectilinear trajectory, which of course appeared more complex because of the earth's motion. Some decades later Edmond Halley made extensive use of the observations recorded in this book when he showed the seventy-six year periodicity of the comet of 1607. The brief second section of Kepler's trilogy concerned the 'physiology of comets': they fill the ether as fish fill the sea but are dissipated by the sun's light, forming the tail that points away from the sun. ... Read more

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Title within fine woodcut architectural border, many woodcuts in the text, & a full-page woodcut printer's device on verso of penultimate leaf. 74 unnumbered leaves (the final leaf a blank). Small 4to, attractive antique panelled calf (three inoffensive old stamps on title of the public library of Douai, one of which is a release stamp). [Lisbon: L. Rodriguez, 1542]. First edition of an extremely rare book which contains two notable texts on atmospheric refraction, both entitled De Crepusculis. The first is by Pedro Nuñez (or Nunes) (1502-78), who is considered to be the greatest of the Portuguese mathematicians. He served as chief royal cosmographer and professor of mathematics at the University of Coimbra. His writings reveal him to have been a first-rate geographer, physicist, cosmologist, geometer, and algebraist. He also made important contributions to navigation. Nuñez's text, on atmospheric refraction, twilight, and scientific instruments used to make observations, b ... Read more

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Engraved vignette on title, engraved head-piece & initial, & eight folding engraved plates (two frayed at fore-edge slightly affecting images). 7 p.l., 452 pp. Large 4to, cont. vellum over boards. Venice: S. Monti, 1740. First edition of the author's best-known and most controversial work. Moro (1687-1764), "was interested in how fossil-bearing rock came to be made into mountains, and he stressed the importance of fire and heat...Moro believed that most mountains and islands were raised by volcanoes, and he even thought that many stratified rocks had igneous origins. His most original insight consisted of a realization that there are two kinds of mountains, Primitive and Secondary, of different age and composition. This distinction, suitably elaborated, later became the cornerstone of historical geology."-Ashworth & Bradley, Theories of the Earth 1644-1830 (Linda Hall Library: 1984), 20. Very good copy. ❧ D.S.B., IX, pp. 531-34. Zittel, p. 32.

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De Humano Foetu Libellus

ARANZI, Giulio Cesare

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Woodcut printer's device on title. 4 p.l. (last leaf a blank), 79 pp. Small 8vo, somewhat later vellum over boards. Bologna: J. Rubrius, 1564. First edition of an extremely rare book in which Aranzi (1530-89), professor of anatomy at Bologna, describes his discovery of "the ductus venosus of the fetus that runs to the umbilical cord."-Castiglioni, A History of Medicine, p. 428. He was the first to state the maternal and foetal circulations were separate, and found the highly oxygenated blood supply was connected from the placenta through the ductus venosus to the foetal circulation. "His De Humano Foetu was an important book...he was the first to maintain that the maternal and foetal circulations are separate, but he naturally did not, and could not, speak of circulations, since he lived before Harvey. Nor could he have proved his point satisfactorily with the means then at his command, and, as we shall see, it was to take another century before the proof was given. Apart from ... Read more

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Printer's woodcut device on title, 20 full-page & about 130 smaller anatomical woodcuts in the text. 6 p.l., 510, [46] pp. Folio, early 18th-cent. mottled sheep, spine gilt. Venice: F. Franceschi & J. Criegher, 1568. Fourth edition (the third to be illustrated), posthumously published. It is well-printed on durable paper and set up with marginal notes exactly as in the Basel 1555 edition. The woodcuts are slightly reduced. "The new woodcuts for the illustrations, however, were so well executed that the engraver might almost have passed for the same person who in Venice at the behest of Vesalius had cut the original blocks for the larger work."-Cushing p. 92. A nice crisp copy in attractive condition of a book which has become scarce. Bookplates of Piergiorgio Borio, M.D. ❧ Cushing VI.A.-4.

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Title with two fine woodcut vignettes, final leaf with a fine & large woodcut on verso, and numerous woodcut diagrams & printed tables in the text. Many fine woodcut initials. 8 p.l., clii numbered leaves. Folio, cont. richly blindstamped pigskin over bevelled wooden boards (two corners a little worn, first five leaves with unimportant marginal wormhole, second leaf with three small pale ink splatters), orig. clasps & catches. Nuremberg: J. Montanus & U. Neuber, 1545. [bound with]: APIAN, Peter & JABIR IBN AFLAH. Instrumentum Primi Mobilis, à Petro Apiano nunc primum et inventum et in lucem editum...Accedunt ijs Gebri filii Affla Hispalensis...Libri IX. de Astronomia, ante aliquot secula Arabice scripti & per Giriardum Cremonensem Latinitate donati. Title in red & black with large woodcut of two astronomers holding scientific instruments after Dürer, a full-page woodcut coat-of-arms on recto of a2, & numerous woodcut illus. & diagrams in the text. 40 p. ... Read more

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Woodcut printer's device on title, Gilbert's woodcut coat of arms on verso, numerous woodcut diagrams & illus. in the text, & one folding woodcut plate (one fold with a careful repair). 8 p.l. 240 pp. Folio, cont. limp vellum (some occasional spotting, a few unimportant dampstains), ties gone. London: P. Short, 1600. First edition, and a very fine and fresh copy, of the first major English scientific treatise based on experimental methods of research and the foundation work of magnetism and electrical science. Gilbert uses here for the first time the terms "electricity," "electric force," and "electric attraction." Book I "deals with the history of magnetism from the earliest legends about the lodestone to the facts and theories known to Gilbert's contemporaries...In the last chapter of book I, Gilbert introduced his new basic idea which was to explain all terrestrial magnetic phenomena: his postulate that the earth is a giant lodestone and thus ha ... Read more

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Woodcut printer's device on title, a fine woodcut initial, & numerous woodcut diagrams (many full-page) in the text. 4 p.l. (the last a blank), 38 leaves. Small 4to, early vellum over boards (some light foxing), handwritten paper label on spine, traces of green silk ties. Pesaro: C. Francischini, 1572. First edition of Commandino's translation of the first treatise to put forward the heliocentric hypothesis. Aristarchus (ca. 310-230 B.C.), "taught the daily rotation of the earth about its axis. He was the first to put forward the heliocentric hypothesis. In order to reconcile the apparent immobility of the fixed stars with the revolution of the earth around the sun, he assumed that the sphere of the fixed stars was incomparably greater than that containing the earth's orbit. That is, the universe conceived by him was incomparably greater than that conceived by his predecessors. In his only extant treatise 'On the sizes and distances of the sun and moon' he gave a sci ... Read more

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Two full-page engraved plates on one double-page sheet, two woodcut plates, & numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. Woodcut of Medici arms on titles which are printed in red & black. Two parts in one vol. 8 p.l., 154 pp.; 2 p.l., 154 pp., one leaf of errata. Folio, cont. vellum over boards (a bit of foxing). Florence: J. Cocchini, 1659. First edition and a splendid copy of the author's first book in which Viviani attempted a reconstruction of the important fifth book of Apollonius' Conics, a text at that time lost. The Conics was in eight books, but only the first four have come down to us in the original Greek. There was some knowledge of the fifth book due to hints supplied by other Greek mathematicians and it was this information which Viviani used. While Viviani was working on his reconstruction of the fifth book, Borelli discovered in an Arabic manuscript in the Medicean Library the text of books five through seven (book eight is lost). These were then translated into Latin by ... Read more

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