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ALMANACK

London:  1784
Binding: Contemporary red stained sheep, gilt spine, gilt borders to sides, silver clasps, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. A little worn.
£750



ALMANACK

London:  printed for J. Debrett [list of 12 booksellers],  1793
Binding: Contemporary crimson morocco, roll-tooled borders to sides, flat gilt spine, Dutch gilt endleaves with pockets with green silk gussets, gilt page edges, silver clasps (slightly defective). Blank leaves bound at the beginning and end and the calendar in t
Provenance: Dominique Goytino, oval morocco label with gilt lettering and monogram.
£500



BEVERIDGE, William (1673–1708)

London:  typis Samueli Roycroft, & prostant apud Gualterum Kettilby, ad insigne Capitis Episcopi in D. Pauli Coemiterio,  1705
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled unlettered calf, blind-tooled inner border and corners. Rebacked.
£200


History of number systems.

BOUE, Ami (1794–1881)

Paris:  Veuve Courcier, no date,  1820
Binding: Original pink wrappers, rebacked.
Provenance: Faint library stamp on half-title (illegible); booksellers label 'Librairie des Sciences Générales, H. Bécus' [Paris] dated November 1896 inside wrapper.
£500



BOYLE, Robert (1627–1691)

BOYLE, Robert (1627–1691)

London:  printed by E. Flesher for R. Davis,  1674
Binding: Contemporary unlettered blind ruled sheep. Very slightly rubbed.
Provenance: Eighteenth-century booklabel ‘John Rutherfurd, Esq; of Edgerston’ and MS shelf label pasted inside front board.
£2,400


Thermodynamics and desalination. First edition in contemporary unlettered sheep binding.

BUEE, Adrien-Quentin (1748-1826)

London:  Philosophical Magazine (R. Taylor and Co., printers),  1804
Binding: Stab sewn as issued, in fine condition.
£250



BURNET, Gilbert (1643–1715)

Rotterdam:  printed by Abraham Acher,  1686
Binding: Contemporary English unlettered blind-tooled calf, double filet borders to sides and spine compartments, acorn tools in corners of sides and a roll-tool close to the joints, gilt board edges, red sprinkled leaf-edges. A little rubbed.
Provenance: About 45 words of contemporary annotation and underlining; Earl of Lonsdale, nineteenth-century bookplate.
£400



COSTARD, George (1710–1782)

London:  printed by James Lister, in Little-Boswell-Court; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul’s Church Yard,  1767
Binding: Original grey boards with buff spine. Worn and soiled.
Provenance: Errata corrected in ink; pencil annotations on pp. 161 and 165 and on rear pastedown. Malcolm McTear with signature dated 1931 from Randall Davies (inscription on endleaf); Royal Astronomical Society (no marks of provenance, sale at Christie's South Kensington 8 April 2009, lot 39).
£450



DELUC, Jean André (1727–1817)

London:  de l'imprimerie de T. Spilsbury, Snow-Hill. Se vend chez P. Elmsley ... à Londres; et chez la Veuve Duchesne ... à Paris,  1786--1787
Binding: Contemporary half calf, marbled paper sides, flat spines with gilt bands, red lettering pieces and small round black volume labels. Some rubbing and slight chipping to spines, one volume number label missing.
Provenance: Foljambe of Osberton Hall near Worksop, with crest of an armoured leg above the initials ‘FFF’ at foot of spines.
£1,200



DEMONFERRAND, Jean Firmin (1795–1844)

Paris:  Bachelier, libraire, successeur de Mme. Ve. Courcier,  1823
Binding: Original plain pink wrappers lined with printers waste, printed label on spine. Spine cracked, a little worn and frayed.
£1,200



DESCARTES, René (1596–1650)

Amsterdam:  apud Ludovicum Elzevrium,  1643
Binding: Contemporary calf, arms of Maastricht in blind on sides. Heavily restored, new endleaves.
£4,000


Descartes’ defence. First edition.

DESCARTES, René (1596–1650)

Paris:  chez Charles Angot, ruë saint Jacques, au lion d’or,  1668
Binding: Contemporary calf, gilt spine. Headcap chipped, joints cracked at head and tail, but sound.
£2,000


Third edition containing the first edition of Descartes’ Mechanics.

DESCARTES, René (1596–1650)

Paris:  chez Michel Bobin & Nicolas le Gras, au troisiéme pillier de la grand salle du palais, à l’esperance & à L. Couronnée,  1664
Binding: Contemporary calf, gilt spine, head and tail of spine and corners worn. Joints split but cords holding, front free endleaf removed.
Provenance: ‘Delperé’, early signature on title scored out; ‘Diadoux’, 19th century signature on pastedown repeated on titlepage.
£3,500


First publication of Descartes’ cosmology, originally suppressed after the trial of Galileo

DESCARTES, René (1596–1650)

Amsterdam:  ex typographia P. & J. Blaeu, prostant apud Janssonio–Waesbergios, Boom, & Goethals,  1701
Binding: Later vellum boards. Corners bumped, endleaves replaced.
£1,000


Including the first publication of Descartes’ earliest work on scientific method.

FOSTER, Samuel (d. 1652), edited by John Twysden (1607–88)

London:  printed, by R. & W. Leybourn,  1659
Binding: Contemporary calf, the sides with double gilt filet borders and 3 concentric panels with central diamond panel, each panel with contrasting acid mottling and staining, spine in 7 compartments with raised bands, morocco lettering piece in second compartme
Provenance: Earls of Macclesfield with South Library bookplate and embossed stamp on first three leaves, sale at Sotheby’s, London, 4 November 2004, lot 808. A four page MS with diagrams ‘To compute the Geocentric Appearance of the five Satellites of Saturn’ for the year 1736 is laid in.
£9,000


Scientific instruments and a star catalogue. A fine copy of the first edition with an unrecorded errata leaf.

FOURCROY, Antoine François (1755–1809). François Henri Stanislas de L’AULNAYE (1739–1831)

FOURCROY, Antoine François (1755–1809). François Henri Stanislas de L’AULNAYE (1739–1831)

Paris:  Tilliard frères ... et, en août 1810, rue Hautefeuille, no. 22 [imprint on verso of half-title:] Baudouin et Cie., imp. du corps législatif et de l’institut de France,  1810
Binding: Later nineteenth-century half calf. Lower joint starting to split, worn.
Provenance: Unpriced, no marks of provenance.
£3,000


Fourcroy’s library of 2700 books.

KEPLER, Johannes (1571–1630)

Frankfurt:  recusus typis Erasmi Kempferi, sumptibus Godefridi Tampachii,  1621
Binding: Contemporary British blind-ruled calf, old rebacking with most of the original spine preserved. Endleaves at front and back removed.
Provenance: ‘Dupplin Castle R. 175.10 and an earlier? shelf mark 'H. C.31' scored out and replaced with 'H. 7.3.’, both inside front board. Dupplin Castle, seat of the Hay Earls of Kinnoull, is a mansion house in Strathearn, Perth and Kinross, built in 1828–32 to replace an earlier castle destroyed by fire; the mansion later became the home of the Perth whisky baron John Dewar, Lord Forteviot (1856–1929); Walter Pagel (1896–1983), inscribed in his hand for his son Bernard (1930–2007) in 1957.
£35,000


The Mysterium Cosmographicum, Kepler’s nested solids as the basis of planetary orbits

LAVOISIER, Antoine Laurent (1743–1794)

Paris:  chez Deterville, An IX,  1801
Binding: Original pink paper wrapper with printed paper label. Label rubbed and defective.
£600



LAWS

[London?]:  [no place or publihser's imprint],  [1753?]
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt ruled sides. Head of spine chipped, corners worn.
Provenance: 'Wootton Fitzpaine, Charmouth', blindstamp on endleaf; a few marginal marks in purple crayon.
£650



MACQUER, Pierre-Joseph (1718–1784)

Neuchatel:  de l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique,  1789
Binding: Contemporary tree sheep, flat gilt spines with orange and green labels, yellow edges sprinkled red. A few corners rubbed.
Provenance: Contemporary engraved bookplate 'Freiherrlich von Lotzbeck'sche Familien Fideicommiss. Bibliothek auf Schloss Weyhern' in each volume; W. A. Smeaton (1925–2001, no marks of ownership, my catalogue 33 (2003) 114).
£850



MAISSIAT, Michel (1770–1822)

Paris:  chez L. G. Michaud,  1818
Binding: Original plain pastepaper wrappers.
£500



MONTE, Guidobaldo del (1545–1607)

MONTE, Guidobaldo del (1545–1607)

Pesaro:  Girolamo Concordia,  1577
Binding: Contemporary Spanish limp vellum with contemporary or early bold MS spine lettering ‘Mechanicor. Guidi. Ubald[i]’, the end of the title obscured by an old paper shelf label with MS number 84, overwritten with another shelf-mark, ‘I.B.I.G.’ Front endleaf
Provenance: 1. Probably a student of Julio Cesar Ferrufino (c. 1535–1604) at the Real Academia de Matemáticas de Madrid, contemporary inscription on front free endleaf ‘Don felipe tercero de Austria’ (Lord Philip III of Austria) / ‘Protector eres de la fe divina’ (Hereditary protector of the divine faith). The first line is used as the key to an alphanumeric code with sequential numbering 1–25 beneath the letters of the first line; the second line is then used as a plaintext with the numerical ciphertext written below; substantial marginal annotations in same hand on some 20 leaves, including corrections to text and diagrams, calculations, etc; annotator’s monogram or paraph on dedication leaf [cross]2r (twice), signing an emendation to an annotation referring to Ferrufino on 126v and, perhaps a different mark, at end of text on 130v. 2. Unidentified library, bookplate removed, shelfmarks on spine. 3. Sotheby’s New York, 11 December 2009, lot 202.
£22,500


Guidobaldo at the court of Philip II.

NYE, Stephen (1648?–1719)

London:  printed by T[homas]. W[arren]. for Jonathan Robinson, at the Golden-Lyon in St. Paul’s Church-Yard,  1696
Binding: Contemporary blind panelled calf, pastedowns are waste leaves from The seconde part of the secretes of Master Alexis of Piedmont, 1560, leaves X4 and Y1 (my thanks to Steve Tabor for this identification), double free endleaves. Rebacked with the
£450


136 year old waste paper.

PETTUS, John, Sir (1613–1690)

London:  printed by H[enry]. L[loyd]. and R[obert]. B[attersby]. For Thomas Basset,  1670
Binding: Contemporary blind ruled unlettered sprinkled sheep, later paper spine label. Abrasions to leather on lower cover, corners worn.
Provenance: Samuel Faiclough of Gonville and Caius college, Cambridge, inscription ‘Samuel ffairclough ejus Liber Cai: et Gon: coll: Cambridge August the 18th 1696’ on free endeaf. Fairclough was admitted to Caius as a sizar, aged 17, in this year; he was the son of John, rector of Kennett, Cambridgeshire and was born there (Venn); J. A. Freilich, sale at Sotheby's, New York, 10 January 2001, lot 430.
£3,500



RIDLEY, Mark (1560–1624)

London:  printed by Nicholas Okes,  1613
Binding: Newly stab-sewn and recased in what could be the original vellum wrapper made from a contemporary indenture.
Provenance: Walter Pagel (1896–1983); B. E. J. Pagel (1930–2007). No marks of Pagel or other provenance.
£6,000


The most important work on magnetism since Gilbert’s De magnete (1600) and like that book a landmark of experimental science

SEDZIWÓJ, Michal, or SENDIVOGIUS (c. 1556'–c. 1646)

London:  printed by Richard Cotes, for Thomas Williams, at the Bible in Little-Britain,  1650
Binding: Eighteenth-century half calf, flat gilt tooled spine. Joints cracked but sound, spine and corners worn.
Provenance: Underlining and a few annotations in an early hand in the first part, also some pencil annotations; later ink annotations in the last part. Nineteenth-century bookseller's ticket of W. Booth, Manchester; cancelled Cambridge University Library stamp dated 1 Jan [18]72 and shelf mark 19.10.76 on verso of title and pencil note on free endleaf, 'duplicate see L.6.5'; Walter Pagel (1896–1983); B. E. J. Pagel (1930–2007).
£1,250


Sendivogius, Paracelsus and Dorn translated by John French

SENNERT, Daniel (1572–1637)

Amsterdam:  sumptibus Ioannis Ravensteinii,  1651
Binding: Contemporary English calf, blind ruled sides with small corner ornaments, flat spine with single blind ruled panel with three ornaments at top and bottom, old paper label. A little rubbed, lacking one of two front free endleaves.
£350



SIGAUD DE LAFOND, Joseph-Aignan (1730–1810)

Paris:  Rue et Hôtel Serpente (de l'Imprimerie de Demonville, rue Christine),  1781
Binding: Original blue paste-paper boards. Spine frayed.
£600



STIRRUP, Thomas (fl. 1651–9) and William LEYBOURNE (1626–c. 1700)

London:  printed by R. & W. Leybourn, for Thomas Pirrepont,  1659
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, blind panelled sides tooled with fillets and dotted gouges, floral corner ornaments. Rebacked, one corner repaired, other corners worn.
Provenance: 1. Anthony Coates, signature repeated several times on end-leaves, once with the date 1667; 2. Sir Thomas Willoughby (c.1670–1729), second Baron Middleton, with signature on title; Harrison D. Horblit (H. P. Kraus Catalogue 169, 1984, no. 155). There are some notes on dialling on the rear pastedown.
£1,800


Flamsteed had a copy as a teenager.

SVANBERG, Jons (1771–1851)

Stockholm:  de l'imprimerie de J. P. Lindh,  1805
Binding: Original blue sugar paper wrappers.
£450



WALKER, J after J. BUNCE

WALKER, J after J. BUNCE

Slough:  Published by D.r W. Herschel 1 Feby 1794,  1794, printed 1976
£150



WEIGEL, Valentine (1533–1588)

London:  printed for George Whittington, at the blue Anchor in Cornhill, neer the Royall Exchange,  1649
Binding: Twentieth-century half calf.
Provenance: Early signatures on title, scored through. Walter Pagel (1896–1983); B. E. J. Pagel (1930–2007).
£2,000


‘What Astrologie is, and what Theologie; and how they have reference to one another’

WITESTEIN or WITTESTEIN, Karl

Basle:  per Sebastianum Henricpetri [undated],  1583
Binding: Contemporary limp vellum, guards from an early vellum MS. Ties lacking, small wormhole in spine.
Provenance: Initials ‘CM’ and signature ‘D. Lardilliere’ on title and the signature repeated on verso of last leaf with date 1583.
£3,000


A little known alchemical treatise. Only edition.