Fall 2019: Early Printed, Travel, Scientific & Medical Books

 

At Auction October 24

Upcoming Highlights

   
Lot 154: Sir Isaac Newton, Opticks, first edition, first issue, London, 1704.
Lot 154: Sir Isaac Newton, Opticks, first edition, first issue, London, 1704. $15,000 to $25,000.
   

Complete Fall 2019 Early Printed, Travel, Scientific & Medical Books Catalogue

 
 

A choice selection of incunabula brings to auction infrequently seen editions of Johannes Jacobus Canis’s guide to the study of civil and canon law, De modo studendi in utroque iure, Padua, 1476; Albertus Magnus’s comprehensive lapidary De mineralibus, Pavia, 1491; and Philippus Beroaldus’s philosophical tract on happiness, De felicitate opusculum, Bologna, 1495.

Science offerings range from the 1704 first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Opticks, and third, fourth, and fifth editions of his Principia Mathematica, to the 1867 patent for a “Steam Bird or Flying Steam Engine fitted with Wings flapped by the Action of Steam” and the scarce 1931 first edition of Walter Goodacre’s The Moon with a Description of its Surface Formations. A large medical section features early psychiatric literature, such as Sir Thomas Willis’s 1672 De anima brutorum and Franz Anton Mesmer’s 1779 Mémoire sur la Découverte du Magnétisme Animal.

 
   

Incunabula

 
Johannes Jacobus Canis, De modo studendi in utroque iure, first edition of a guide to the study of civil and canon law by a professor at Padua, 1476. $6,000 to $9,000.
Lot 70: Johannes Jacobus Canis, De modo studendi in utroque iure, first edition, Padua, 1476. $6,000 to $9,000.
 
Pope Clemens V, Constitutiones, collection of decretals compiled during the 1305-14 pontificate of Clemens V, Nuremberg, 1482. $2,500 to $3,500.
Lot 73: Pope Clemens V, Constitutiones, Nuremberg, 1482. $2,500 to $3,500.
   
Lot 78: Johannes Nider, Manuale confessorum, Basel, circa 1474.
Lot 78: Johannes Nider, Manuale confessorum, Basel, circa 1474. $4,000 to $6,000.
 
   

Science

 
Magnus Albertus, Liber aggregationis, Cologne, circa 1506.
Lot 134: Albertus Magnus, Liber aggregationis, Cologne, circa 1506. $4,000 to $6,000.
 
Lot 139: Michael Faraday, Experimental Researches in Electricity, complete set of first editions of Faraday’s papers on electricity and magnetism, London, 1832-56. $3,000 to $4,000.
 
William Gilbert, Tractatus sive physiologia nova de magnete, second edition, Sedini, 1628.
Lot 142: William Gilbert, Tractatus sive physiologia nova de magnete, second edition, Sedini, 1628. $3,000 to $5,000.
 
Lot 144: Walter Goodacre, The Moon with a Description of its Surface Formations, first edition, Bournemouth, 1931. $800 to $1,200.
Lot 144: Walter Goodacre, The Moon with a Description of its Surface Formations, first edition, Bournemouth, 1931. $800 to $1,200.
 
   

Medicine

 
Lot 191: René Descartes, Les Passions de l'Ame, first edition, Paris, 1649. $3,000 to $5,000.
Lot 191: René Descartes, Les Passions de l’Ame, first edition, Paris, 1649. $3,000 to $5,000.
 
Lot 164: Franz Anton Mesmer, Mémoire sur la Découverte du Magnétisme Animal, first edition, Geneva & Paris, 1779. $800 to $1,200.
Lot 164: Franz Anton Mesmer, Mémoire sur la Découverte du Magnétisme Animal, first edition, Geneva & Paris, 1779. $800 to $1,200.
 
Lot 177: John Bulwer, Philocophus, first edition of the first book in English on the deaf, London, 1648. $1,000 to $2,000.
Lot 177: John Bulwer, Philocophus, first edition of the first book in English on the deaf, London, 1648. $1,000 to $2,000.
 
Lot 186: Harvey Cushing, Intracranial Tumours, first edition, signed and inscribed to a colleague, Springfield, 1932. $1,000 to $2,000.
Lot 186: Harvey Cushing, Intracranial Tumours, first edition, signed and inscribed to a colleague, Springfield, 1932. $1,000 to $2,000.
 
   

Travel & More

   
Lot 15: Nicolaus Bertrand, Opus de Tholosano[rum] Gestis ab Urbe Condita, first edition of a history of Toulouse, including the earliest known view of the city, Toulouse, 1515. $2,000 to $3,000.
Lot 15: Nicolaus Bertrand, Opus de Tholosano[rum] Gestis ab Urbe Condita, first edition of a history of Toulouse, including the earliest known view of the city, Toulouse, 1515. $2,000 to $3,000.
   
Lot 41: Niccolò Circignani, Ecclesiae militantis triumphi, hand-colored copy of a collection of martyrdom scenes, Rome, 1585. $3,000 to $5,000.
Lot 41: Niccolò Circignani, Ecclesiae militantis triumphi, hand-colored copy of a collection of martyrdom scenes, Rome, 1585. $3,000 to $5,000.
 
Lot 99: Publilius Optatianus Porphyrius, Panegyricus dictus Constantino Augusto, first separate edition of a collection of acrostic poems dating from the early 4th-century A.D., Augsburg, 1595. $1,000 to $2,000.
Lot 99: Publilius Optatianus Porphyrius, Panegyricus dictus Constantino Augusto, first separate edition of a collection of acrostic poems dating from the early 4th-century A.D., Augsburg, 1595. $1,000 to $2,000.
 
 

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Monday, October 21 — 10 am to 6 pm

Tuesday, October 22 — 10 am to 6 pm

Wednesday, October 23 — 10 am to 6 pm

Thursday, October 24 — 10 am to 12 pm

 
 

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