Roger Gaskell Rare Books

Rare books in the sciences, medicine, technology and printing history



Recently added

 New catalogue April 2017

A new catalogue is now available here Catalogue 56, mostly recent acquisitions. I have included three scientific prints, including a wonderful engraving of an electrical demonstration after van Loo - the French Joseph Wright of Derby - and a section on music. This includes the standard edtion of Handel's Harpsichord suites and an advertisement for an improved square piano (above), using wire operated dampers, the ancestor of the modern grand piano dampers. There is also a trade catalogue of steel goods offering everything from muffin toasters to multitools.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


 This picture was taken last year in February - I dont think we are going to see a white Christmas here in the Brecon Beacons this year.

12 October 2016

After rather a long gap I have issued a new catalogue in pdf format which can be downloaded here: (unfortunately there is a problem with the Catalogues page which I am trying to have fixed). It includes all of Abraham Bosse's books on perspectives; a selection of other works on perspective; 2 editions of Bosse's intaglio manual and a lithography manual; important chemical manuscripts; and a few other odds and ends.

PS. THere is a problem with the

18 May 2016

The stock database is up-to-date but I have not added anything new apart from a photographic archive from the the Dupont Nitrate works in Chile which includes the above panorama - click opposite for full description.


22 Febraury 2016

New catalogue

I have just published a short list of mostly recent acquisitions - see the Catalogues page - the first from my new home in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. The list contains 24 items of printed books and manuscripts in a range of fields including book history, architecture, science, medicine and engineering.

I am grateful to Seb C. Sutter of the University of Chicago Library for identifying the first owner and annotator of Linnaeus's Hortus Upsaliensis in the catalogue (see left) as Pehr Osbeck (1723–1805). This is fascinating as Osbeck, Swedish explorer and naturalist and as a botanist a specialist in bryophytes, studied at Uppsala with Linnaeus and contributed more than 600 plants to Linnaeus' Species Plantarum (1753).

12 January 2016

Happy New Year

I have added a few more recent acquisitions to the site - see left - and am working on a pdf list of new acquisitions which I hope to be able to distribute in a couple of weeks.

17 December 2015


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my new home in Wales - please note my new permanent address on the Contact page and phone number  44/0 1873 811318


17 December 2015

I have added a few recent acquisitions to the site, including a group of bookseller's receipts and an annotated copy of Linnaeus' Hortus Upsaliensis with an inscription which I would be glad if someone can decipher.


I've also catalogued a copy of Sturt's fully engraved Orthodox communicant and, an unlikely connection, Tolet's famous lithotomy book which has engravings signed I. Sturt. The images are striking, but the engraving is not so great, can they really be by the same hand?

19 August 2015

We have moved.

After an enjoyable year in a rented flat in Bath we have bought a converted barn in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Its deep in the countryside but not too far from the lovely market town of Crickhowell (below) and surrounded by some of the best scenery in the UK. We are just over an hours drive from Bristol.

There is some work to do on the new house and then we are away for a few weeks in October, so there wont be a lot of bookselling going on untill November. Then I hope to send out a list or put some new items on the website.