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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to science, medicine, and natural history.

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  1. Visite de Mgr le Duc D'Aumale à la Croix-Rousse, dans l'atelier de M. Carquillat, le 24 Août 1841.
    One of the first paintings woven on a Jacquard loom, using the punch-card system, extremely rare. "Jacquard, born into a Lyonnese family of weavers, was inspired by Vaucanson's punched-card loom to invent the Jacquard attachment, which caused any loom that used it to be called a Jacquard loom. The attachment was an automatic... Learn More
    £16,500

    Stock Code: 93937

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  2. The first six books of The Elements of Euclid
    First edition of this celebrated book, the most interesting and inventive attempt to revisualise the classic ur-text of geometry by printing the diagrams in various colours, a method which stretched the printers' skills to their utmost. Oliver Byrne (c.1810 Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 112526

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  3. Select Orchidaceous Plants.
    First edition of the first series of Warner and Williams's richly illustrated large-format work on orchid species, one of "the most glorious iconographic orchid books produced during the height of orchid collecting in the nineteenth century" (Long, Flora Illustrata, p.8). The Florist and Pomologist was particularly pleased... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 112387

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  4. Non-Verbal Communication.
    First edition, first impression. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip laid in. This report on non-verbal communication in humans and animals sets out the findings of a Royal Society study group. It is accompanied by essays "written from the point of view of a linguist, zoologists, psychologists, anthropologists... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112867

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  5. Notes of a Naturalist in South America.
    First edition, presentation copy to the author's college, Christ's College, Cambridge, with the presentation bookplate to the front pastedown. The Dublin-born John Ball (1818 Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 111224

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  6. Nature versus Natural Selection: an essay on Organic Evolution.
    £250

    Stock Code: 111223

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  7. Mescal.

    Mescal.

    London: 1928

    First edition, first impression. Highly significant presentation copy of the author's breakthrough study of mescaline-induced hallucinations, handsomely inscribed "To Professor W. R. Miles, with compliments of the author Heinrich Kl Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 112683

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  8. Lexicon Technicum:or, an Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences: explaining not only the terms of Art, but the Arts themselves.
    First edition. "John Harris, clergyman, mathematician, and (from 1709) secretary of the Royal Society, produced the first English encyclopaedia arranged in alphabetical order. He was the earliest lexicographer to distinguish between a word-book (dictionary, in modern parlance) and a subject-book (encyclopaedia proper), thereby... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 112643

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  9. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes
    First edition. One of Wallace's later works was this edition of the botanical papers and diaries of his friend and co-Amazonian explorer Richard Spruce, who had died in 1894. "This work best reflects [Spruce's] gift for analysis, description, and narrative, along with his dry humour" (ODNB). Spruce had been sent to South... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 110960

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  10. Raum und Zeit.

    Raum und Zeit.

    Leipzig and Berlin: 1909

    First separate edition, first printing, of Minkowski's revolutionary paper which "introduced the notion that made possible the expansion of the relativity theory of Einstein from its specific (1905) to its general form (1916). The technical description of Minkowki's hypothesis is the four-dimensional space-time continuum."... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 112561

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  11. Ondes et Mouvements.
    First edition, first printing, of this revolutionary proposition for the world of physics by Louis-Victor-Pierre-Raymond, 7th Duc de Broglie (1892-1987). "The simple atoms of Dalton had already been modified before 1926 by the discoveries of radio-activity and the splitting of the atom; but now the Duc de Broglie - in Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 112316

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  12. Animals in Motion.
    An early edition of this important book in the history of photography and cinematography. Animals in Motion was originally published in 1899, preceding its sister title, Humans in Motion, by two years. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 107605

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  13. The Blue and Brown Books.
    First edition, first impression. Wittgenstein dictated the "Blue Book" (though he did not call it that) to his class in Cambridge during the session 1933-34, and had stencilled copies made - these came to be known as the "Blue Book", taken from the colour of the wrappers; the "Brown Book" was dictated to two pupils between... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 111911

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  14. A Victorian novelty card with a lace paperwork border.
    A charming piece of Victorian ephemera, a card with an illustration of a reader with his nose stuck in a work of natural history. When the book is folded back, he is revealed with a huge grin and luxuriant beard. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 111247

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  15. Chinese Natural History Drawings
    First and limited edition, number 313 of 400 copies. A handsomely produced facsimile edition of a selection from the important and stunning collection of natural history paintings collected by John Reeves (1774-1856), a collector and artist who was based in Canton as the East India Company's chief inspector of tea. "Reeves... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 110924

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  16. In Defence of Sensuality.
    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front free endpaper. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108685

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  17. Un souvenir de Solferino.
    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: "Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l'auteur", apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also carries his attractive etched bookplate... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 110889

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  18. The Natural History of Barbados.
    First edition of this important and attractive early work on the natural history of Barbados, by the Welsh-born clergyman and naturalist Griffith Hughes (1707-1758?). "In Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island's natural history. In 1743 he visited London with the intention of promoting this... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 110849

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