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Biblio is proud to feature many rare and antique books on science and technology in the Biblio Rare Book Room. There are signed first edition copies of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, and there are rare French books that specialize in entomology. There are antique and rare multi-volume sets of scientific encyclopedias, and many of the rare and antique science and technology books in the Biblio Rare Book Room are unique and one of a kind. Be sure to look at the included pictures in the book listings for examples of some of the detailed illustrations featured in many of the books.

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De orbis situ libri tres, accuratissime emendati, unà cu(m) comme(n)tariis Ioachimi...
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Basel, Andreas Cratander, 1522. With 2 richly figured woodcut title borders by Hans Franck, and many woodcut figured initials. 20 unn. leaves, 220 pp., 44 unn. leaves. Folio. 18th-century calf with richly gilt spine, gilt armorial supralibros of Karl Theodor von der Pfalz on both covers (signed B.P. in lowest compartment). Basel, (Andreas Cratander), 1522. Pomponius Mela's famous Latin "Geography" of the earliest surviving Latin work on geography, present here in the epochal edition by the great Swiss humanist Joachim von Watt or Vadianus (1484-1551), first published in a textually shorter edition in Vienna, 1518: 23, 132 ff., see VD 16 M 2310). The present second edition is revised and augmented, and is the first to contain the "Loca aliquot" in which Vadianus once more confirmed his modern scientific point of view by critizising the obsolete one of Johannes Camertus. Further more, this second edition contains the famous letters by Vadian to Rudolph Agricola with the… Read More
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DE RE METALLICA. LIBRI XII. QUIBUS OFFICIA, INSTRUMENTA, MACHINAE, AC OMNIA DENIQUE AD METALLICAM...

DE RE METALLICA. LIBRI XII. QUIBUS OFFICIA, INSTRUMENTA, MACHINAE, AC OMNIA DENIQUE AD METALLICAM SPECTANTIA...

by AGRICOLA, Georgius

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Basil: Ludovici Regis, 1621. Third Latin Edition. Hardcover. Very Good in a serviceable binding. Folio (8" x 12-1/2") bound in library buckram; irregularly paginated: [10], 502, [58] pages. Illustrated with 270 woodcuts, many full and half page, some signed with the monogram "RMD," and generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl.1525-1572) or, less commonly, Blasius Weffring. Previously published in 1556 and 1561, this edition seems scarcer than either of the previous. PRINTING & THE MIND OF MAN 79: "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times." Herbert Hoover, who first translated this book into English, described this title in his autobiography as "the first important attempt to assemble systematically in print the world-knowledge on mining, metallurgy, and industrial chemistry. It was the great textbook of those industries for two centuries and had dominated thought and practice all that time. In many mining regions… Read More
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UBER STRAHLEN ELEKTRISCHER KRAFT
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UBER STRAHLEN ELEKTRISCHER KRAFT

by HERTZ, Heinrich

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1888. HERTZ, H[einrich]. UBER STRAHLEN ELEKTRISCHER KRAFT. (Berlin: Gedruckt in der Reichsdruckerei, 1888.) Offprint from Sitzungsberichte der Koniglich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 1888, No. 50, pp. 1297 - 1307. The text of a lecture on electric waves delivered 13 December 1888, it relates qualitative experiments undertaken by Hertz, at the Karlsruhe Polytechnic, on the analogy between electric and light waves. Passing electric waves through huge prisms of hard pitch, he showed that they refract exactly as light waves do. He polarized electric waves by directing them through a grating of parallel wires, and he diffracted them by interrupting them with a screen with a hole in it. He reflected them from the walls of the room, obtaining interference between the original and the reflected waves. He focused them with huge concave mirrors, casting electric shadows with conducting obstacles. This is the first print appearance, preceding its appearance in Annalen der Physik (36, p.… Read More
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Opticks: Or, A Treatise Of The Reflections, Refractions, Inflections And Colours Of Light. The...

Opticks: Or, A Treatise Of The Reflections, Refractions, Inflections And Colours Of Light. The Fourth Edition, Corrected

by Newton, Sir Isaac

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London: William Innys, 1730. 4th Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine. New Calf Spine And Tips Over Marbled Paper Covered Boards, New Endpapers. Two Preliminary Blanks, Title, Advertisements To First, Second And Fourth Editions382 Pp + 12 Folding Plates And Two Pages Of Publisher's Ads At Rear. Page Block 19.5 Cm (Text Block 6.5" X 3 1/2" From Top To Bottom Of Printed Area, Including Page Running Headings) Tall. Top Edge Of Page Block Is Dark (Grey Or Black), Fore Edge And Bottom Edge Red, All Polished. Leaves 7 5/8" Tall; Binding 7 3/4" X 5 3/16". The Last And Best Edition Prepared By Newton, Corrected From The Third Edition By Newton; In This Fourth Edition Of 1730, There Are 31 Queries, And It Is The Famous "31St Query" That, Over The Next Two Hundred Years, Stimulated A Great Deal Of Speculation And Development On Theories Of Chemical Affinity. The Publishers Have Added To This Edition Several Citations From The Lectiones Opticae (1669-1671) To Show… Read More
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(1) Electric Lamps. Letters Patent for an Invention of IMPROVEMENTS IN ELECTRIC LAMPS, AND IN THE...
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1880. [London, Eyre and Spottiswoode], 1880, 27th November + 1882 + 1885 (1): 8vo. Unbound. With a recent, discreete paper spine. A few smaller tears to extremities. 4 pp. + 1 plate (showing electric light bulbs].(2): 8vo. Original self-wrappers. Stitched at spine. Near mint.(3): 4 pages 8vo. Scarce original printed patent for the seminal invention that is the incandescent light bulb. Though usually erroneously ascribed to Thomas Edison, it was in fact Joseph Swan who invented the light bulb and ended the dark ages. - Here sold together with the extremely scarce offprint of Swan's 1882 speech on his seminal invention as well as a highly important and interesting autograph letter on the same subject, namely "the new filament or "Artificial Silk" as I have been calling it", in which Swan also confirms his priority in invention and warns against letting the withsent speciman fall into the hands of lamp makers. Swan first publicly demonstrated his incandescent carbon lamp at a lecture for the Newcastle… Read More
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Opticks: Or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light.

by Isaac Newton

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Illustrated with 12 folding engraved plates of optical/geometrical diagrams and a few woodcut diagrams and tables in text; large woodcut decorative tail-pieces, head-pieces and initials. 8vo. Contemporary full speckled calf; boards with double-fillet gilt-ruled borders; spine with five raised bands and gilt-lettered (faded) morocco label; edges speckled red. London: Printed for W. and J. Innys, printers to the Royal Society, 1718. Second English Edition revised and enlarged by Newton. First Octavo Edition. Second issue, with the title-page dated 1718 (the very rare first issue is dated 1717). The first edition appeared in 1704 in quarto. For this second edition the plates were newly engraved to fit the new octavo format. The most important feature of this second edition is that the number of Queries at the end was increased from 16 to 31, including the celebrated Query 28 on the nature of light. The Queries in the initial set were rather brief, but the later ones became more substantial, written as… Read More
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De triangulis planis et sphaericis. (...) quae extructa est à Ptolemeaeo & Copernico de...
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De triangulis planis et sphaericis. (...) quae extructa est à Ptolemeaeo & Copernico de Revolutionibus orbium caelestium. [Avec : ] - Problematum astronomicorum et geometricorum sectiones septem. [Avec :] - In Ptolemaei magnam compositionem, quam almagestum vocant, libri tredecim

by REGIOMONTANUS, SANTBECH, Daniel

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Basel, (Heinrich Petri & Peter Perna, 1561). *** Première édition donnée par Daniel Santbech de cet ouvrage de Regiomontanus. Il l'a revu et commenté à la lumière des découvertes de Copernic. Rédigé en 1464, ce texte n'a été publié pour la première fois qu'en 1533 à Nuremberg. Illustré de très nombreux bois gravés dans le texte. Relié à la suite : - SANTBECH. Problematum astronomicorum et geometricorum sectiones septem... Basileae, Per Henrichum Petri, et Petrum Pernam, 1561. In-folio de (20), 294, (2) pp. Première édition. Une suite de l'ouvrage précédent, qui traite des applications pratiques. La plus grande partie est consacrée à l'astronomie et ses instruments. L'auteur traite aussi des cadrans solaires, de géographie, de navigation, d'arpentage, de balistique... Le mathématicien et astronome Daniel Santbech était hollandais. En 1651, Riccioli a donné son nom à un cratére de la Lune. Relié avec : - REGIOMONTANUS, PEURBACH. In Ptolemaei magnam compositionem, quam… Read More
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Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica
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Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica: Editio tertia aucta & emendata.

by NEWTON, Sir Isaac

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London: Apud Guil. & Joh. Innys, 1726. Full description: NEWTON, [Sir] Isaac. Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica. Editio tertia aucta & emendata. London: Apud Guil. & Joh. Innys, 1726. Third edition. One of only 1250 copies printed. Quarto (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches; 241 x 190 mm.). [36], 530, [6, index] pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait (facing preface) by George Vertue after I. Vanderbank. Numerous diagrams in the text and one engraving of cometary orbit on p. 506. Title printed in red and black. In period repurposed mottled calf over original boards. Spine stamped in gilt. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. All edges red. Marbled endpapers. Some old ink notes on front flyleaf. One instance of light marginalia. A one-inch closed tear to leaf D2, not affecting text. Some occasional very light dampstaining to fore-edge margin. Overall a very good, clean copy. "This edition was the last published during the author's lifetime and the basis of all subsequent editions. It was edited by… Read More
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[AURORA BOREALIS SET OF PLATES] [Atlas geologique] Voyages de la Commission scientifique du Nord,...
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Paris:: Arthus Bertrand, [1840-55]., 1840. Atlas folio (in sheets). 55 x 35.5 cm. 10 lithographic plates with drawings by Louis Bevalet & lithographed by Muller [and] Himely (engr.), 2 additional maps or charts. With the original printed wrapper chemise. Wrapper is a bit worn. Plates are in excellent condition. Very good. First printing, extremely rare, of the unfinished publication of Gaimard expedition, containing what is often missing from the main body of the expedition report (probably due to the size of the plates and their non-bound format?). It seems Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), the famous lithographer from London, may have also been involved in the production of these plates as his name is on the plates themselves. / Gaimard, a French naval surgeon and naturalist, built an observatory at Bossekop, Finnmark, where he made his scientific observations of the Arora Borealis. There were 10 striking lithographs used to illustrate the Atlas geologique, among the most impressive astronomical… Read More
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The Bakerian Lecture, on some chemical Agencies of Electricity. Read November 20, 1806. -...
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The Bakerian Lecture, on some chemical Agencies of Electricity. Read November 20, 1806. - [FOUNDATION OF ELECTRO-CHEMISTRY - OFF-PRINT, PRESENTATION-COPY]

by DAVY, HUMPHRY.

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1807. London, Philosophical Transactions, 1807. 4to. Bound to style in recent plain blue wrappers. Offprint, with the separate printed title-page, from "Philosophical Transactions" 1807 - Part I. With author's presentation to title-page: "From the Author". Occassional brownspotting throughout and a small tear, not affecting text, to lower margin of B4. (2), 56 pp. + 1 plate. The exceedingly rare offprint, inscribed presentation copy, of Davy’s milestone paper in which he shows that electricity is capable of decomposing the most stable elements. The paper was central to any chemical affinity theory in the first half of the nineteenth century and Berzelius, one of the founders of modern chemistry, considered it "one of the best memoirs which has ever enriched the theory of chemistry”. Davy early concluded that the production of electricity in simple electrolytic cells resulted from chemical action and that chemical combination occurred between substances of opposite charge. He therefore reasoned… Read More
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Libri Tres: In Quibus Primo Constructio Circini Proportionum Edocetur. - [THE INVENTION OF THE...
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Libri Tres: In Quibus Primo Constructio Circini Proportionum Edocetur. - [THE INVENTION OF THE PROPORTIONAL COMPASS]

by HORCHER, PHILIPP.

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1605. Mainz, Balthazar Lipp, 1605. 4to. Bound in a beautiful 18th century full mottled calf binding with double gilt line-borders to boards. Edges of boards gilt. Expertly rebacked perfectly matching the boards and the gilding. With gilt leather title-label and gilt ornamentations. End-papers renewed. B2 and B3 defective in lower blank margins, not affecting text. A nice and clean copy. 53, (1) pp. + 1 folded plate and numerous illustrations in text. The exceedingly rare first edition of the first work to describe the construction of the adjustable proportional compass – the first work to describe both its construction and its application. The adjustable proportional compass became an indipensable tool for calculations and measurements for over three centuries. The proportional compass was a seminal calculating instrument in use from the end of the sixteenth century until the nineteenth century. Consisting of two rulers of equal length joined by a hinge, it was a precursor to the sector and… Read More
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COSMOGRAPHIA,
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COSMOGRAPHIA,: per gemmam Phrysium, apud Louanienses Medicum ac Mathematicarum insignem, Denuo restituta. Additis de eadem re ipsius Gemmae Phry. Libellis, quos sequens pagina docet.

by [ASTRONOMY]; APIANI, Petri [Petrus Apianus]:

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Antwerp: Arnoldo Berckmâno [Arnold Birckmann]., 1540. 1540 Early Latin edition. Quarto (160 x 222mm). Full contemporary or near-contemporary vellum over boards with titles in manuscript to the spine. Illustrated with 51 woodcuts and 5 volvelles (4 with moveable parts) to the verso of leaves X, XI (with the moveable element absent, as appears to always be the case, and seemingly as issued), XIII, and to the recto of leaves XXIX and XLV. Historiated initials throughout, globe woodcut to the title page, woodcut printer's device to the verso of the final printed leaf. Somewhat enigmatically inscribed in an early hand to the foot of the title page "Georgy dati Florentini" (George of Florence), and further inscribed to the verso of the final printed leaf. A very good copy, the binding secure, although with some cracking in places, and the spine covering with loss at the sewing supports. The contents with a minor mark to the head of the title page and some nibbling to the top-right corner of the final 13… Read More
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Ordenanzas de la Real renta de la polvora para este Reyno de Nueva España, y Provincias de su...
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Ordenanzas de la Real renta de la polvora para este Reyno de Nueva España, y Provincias de su comprension, que se administra de cuenta de su Magestad.

by José de Gálvez y Gallardo (1720-1787); Marques Carlos Francisco de Croix (1699-1786).

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Royal colonial decree to improve the vital gunpowder production in New Spain
José de Gálvez y Gallardo (1720-1787); Marques Carlos Francisco de Croix (1699-1786).
Ordenanzas de la Real renta de la polvora para este Reyno de Nueva España, y Provincias de su comprension, que se administra de cuenta de su Magestad.
Reimpresas en Mexico, en la Imprenta Nueva Madrileña de Don Felipe de Zuñiga y Ontiveros, 1777.
Folio. [II], 40 pp. With an attractive etched Royal Spanish coat of arms on the title, signed "Naxera Ft." and a woodblock capital letter.
Modern stiff marbled paper covers, in linen made-to-measure case with title on front.
First edition of the second Royal decree on the production of gunpowder in Nueva España. The decree provides instruction and ordinance for the Real Fabrica de Pólvora and contains LVII articles. Among them, one is dedicated to "Indios para los trabajos de la Fábrica", in which forced labour is decreed upon the inhabitants of the factory's surrounding villages. Refusal of… Read More
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Porte-Feuille des Enfans, Bilderbuch für Kinder
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Porte-Feuille des Enfans, Bilderbuch für Kinder: Volumes I to VI

by Friedrich Justin Bertuch, Carl Bertuch

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Superb set of the first six volumes (of 12) of Friedrich Bertuch's famous Picture-book for Children, an illustrated encyclopedia for children.
Volumes 1 and 2 in half leather, volumes 3 to 6 in original paper wraps.
With all 600 hand-coloured copperplates in near fine condition with superb hand colour.
Text in German and French.
The Picture-Book was published in 12 volumes from 1790 to 1843 and eventually included 1,185 handcoloured copperplates. Bertuch wished to reproduce the magic of discovery, and mixed engravings of plants, animals, shells, minerals, volcanoes and technical inventions in a utopian chaos, so that a child could encounter afresh the wonders of the natural world at the turn of every page.
Although unsigned, the copperplates were overseen by Georg Melchior Kraus and J.H. Lips, after drawings by Th. Götz, C. Graf, C. Horny, Fr. Kaiser, and W. Waitz, and botanicals by Henriette and Conrad Westermayr, F. Götz and C. Ermer. With 118 botanical plates, 76 ornithology, 74 quadrupeds, 53… Read More
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Silent Spring

by Carson, Rachel

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962. first. hardcover. near fine: yellow top stain as normal, gift inscription to initial recipient on top of half title page, author signature "With best wishes, Rachel Carson" text otherwise clean, binding tight./very good: small closed tear at base of spine, some chipping and rubbing and slightly faded. Lois and Louis Darling. Stated first edition first printing of Rachel Carson's extended essay on the environmental impact of indiscriminate pesticide use, a hugely influential book credited with leading to a ban on the pesticide DDT for agricultural use in the US and the eventual formation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Named one of the 25 most influential science books of all time in 2006.Signed by the author on the half title. page, scarce in this conditionPrice includes extra handling fee for shipping. #00026.
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