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image of An Interpretation of the Number 666. Wherein, not only the Manner, how this Number ought to be Interpreted, is clearly proved and Demonstrated; but is Also shewed this Number is an exquisite and perfect Character...

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Oxford: Printed by Leonard Lichfield, 1642 An extremely scarce 1st edition copy of Francis Potter's work. Potter (1594-1678) was a clergyman with a wide range of other interests. He was an early member of the Royal Society (admitted in 1663), experimenting with bees, theorising about blood transfusion and making instruments including a sundial. He developed a theory that the approximate… Read more
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Historiae Naturalis de Insectis

by Joh. Jonstonus; John Jonston; Johannes Jonstonus; Jan Jonston

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Published
1657
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Fair
Edition
2nd Edition
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£1,187.73

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Amsterdam: Joannem Jacobi fil. Schipper, 1657 A fair copy of the extremely scarce Insectis section of Jan Jonston's famous work Historiae Naturalis. Jonston (1603-1675) studied botany and medicine and was a doctor. This copy is classed as 'fair' because it has been rebound in plain buckram binding without the title page, and the paper is very soft and lightly stained… Read more
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image of Cosmographie in Four Books containing the Chorographie and Historie of the Whole World, and all the Principal Kingdoms, Provinces, Seas, and Isles thereof.

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London : Anne Seile, 1669 A very good copy of the 5th edition 'enlarged and corrected by the Author'. In contemporary full calf binding (which has been rebacked retaining the original spine) and with the decorative title and 4 maps. The binding is in very good clean condition. The front board has the initials FT impressed on the leather and… Read more
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£2,111.52
image of The History of Scotland, From the year 1423, until the year 1542. Containing The Lives and Reigns of James The I. the II. the III. the IV. the V. With several Memorials of State, During the Reigns of James VI. and Charles I. Illustrated with their Effigies in Copper Plates;

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London : The Fabian, 1681 A poor to fair copy of this scarce work by William Drummond of Hawthornden. Drummond was a Scottish poet and it is said that this work emerged from his researches into his family history. The binding is in serious need of repair and it lacks the frontispiece, original title and the 5 further plates. The… Read more
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£131.97
image of A Description Of the Isles of Orkney; To which is added, An Essay concerning Thule of the Ancients

A Description Of the Isles of Orkney; To which is added, An Essay concerning Thule of the Ancients

by James Wallace, Robert Sibbald

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Published
1693
Condition
Fair
Edition
1st Edition
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£1,055.76

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Edinburgh: John Reid, 1693 A fair copy of the 1st edition of James Wallace's account of Orkney, published after his death by his son. James Wallace (1642-1688) was a Minister, initially at Ladykirk and then at Kirkwall and his account of Orkney is one of the earliest published. The Essay on Thule, which has a separate title page, is credited… Read more
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image of Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri Cum aeneis figuris

Historiae Naturalis de Quadrupetibus Libri Cum aeneis figuris

by Johannes Jonstonus [Jon Jonston or John Johnston]

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Published
1650
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Good
Edition
1st Edition
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£2,309.48

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Francofurti ad Moenum: Math. Merian, 1650 A scarce 1st edition copy of Quadrupeds, the first of 6 works on the natural world by Jon Jonston with decorative title and 80 full page plates of quadrupeds. Jonston (1603-1675) was of scottish heritage, born in Poland. He studied in Scotland and in Leiden, becoming an MD and was well regarded as a… Read more
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England's Improvement Reviv'd: Digested into six boooks.

by John Smith

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Published
1670
Condition
Good
Edition
1st Edition
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£1,596.84

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The Savoy: Printed by Tho. Newcomb for the Author, 1670 A good copy of the 1st edition in contemporary full leather binding. The binding has raised bands to spine and a newer title label. It has had some repair in the past but is splitting at the front joint and has general wear. particularly to corners. There is the bookplate… Read more
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image of De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae

De Insectis, In Methodum Redactus, cum notularum additione. Item Appendicis ad Historium Animalium Angliae

by Johannes Goedartius, M Lister

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Published
1685
Condition
Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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London: S Smith, 1685 A very good copy of Goedart's work on insect metamorphosis, edited by M Lister, who added an appendix. First edition in this form. Johannes Goedart set up, observed and documented a series of experiments which demonstrated that caterpillars, pupae and butterflies were not different animals, but forms of the same animal. His works were first available… Read more
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image of Scotia Illustrata sive Prodromus Historiae Naturalis in quo Regionis natura, Incolarum Ingenia_Mores, Morbi iisque medendi Methodus,_Medicina Indigena accurrate explicantur; et.....

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Edinburgh: Jacobi Kniblo, Josuae Solingensis & Johannes Colmarii, 1684 A good copy of this scarce work, in later full cloth binding with 22 illustrations on 20 plates. Robert Sibbald (1641-1722) was born in Fife and qualified as a physician after study in Leiden and Paris. He was appointed as the first Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh University and became Geographer… Read more
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image of Memoir's for a Natural History of Animals. Containing the Anatomical Descriptions Of Several Creatures Directed by The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris

Memoir's for a Natural History of Animals. Containing the Anatomical Descriptions Of Several Creatures Directed by The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris

by Charles Perrault; Alexander Pitfeild [translator]

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Published
1688
Condition
Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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£1,451.67

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London: Printed by Joseph Streater, for sale by T Basset, J Robinson, B Aylmer, Joh Southby And W Canning, 1688 A very good copy of this important work on comparative anatomy with engraved title; rubricated title and 30 plates. The original publication had 2 separate parts, both complete in themselves - the second section 'The Measure of the Earth' translated… Read more
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image of Rerum Scoticarum Historia, Auctore Georgio Buchanano Scoto ad Jacobum Scotorum Regem

Rerum Scoticarum Historia, Auctore Georgio Buchanano Scoto ad Jacobum Scotorum Regem

by George Buchanan

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Published
1668
Condition
Good
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£250.74

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Utrecht: Petrum Elzevirium, 1668 A good early edition of this important work on Scottish history, first published in 1582. George Buchanan was a renowned 16th century scholar who, among many other appointments, tutored both the young Mary Queen of Scots and James VI. This is the first history of Scotland written by a Scot and is notable, particularly for the… Read more
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image of Elementorum Euclidis Libri XV. Breviter ac succincte demonstrati Opera & Studio ..[with] Euclidis Data Succincte demonstrata, Una cum Emendationibus & Additionibus Ad Elementa Euclidis,..

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Osnabrugi [Osnabruck]: Johan.Georg.Schwanderum, 1676 A fair copy of an early edition of Isaac Barrow's classic translation of Euclid's work. Isaac Barrow (1630-1677) was a mathematician, classical scholar and theologian. He is principally known for his work on tangents and Calculus. He was one of Isaac Newton's teachers. This translation of Euclid from the Greek to Latin was his first work.… Read more
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image of Insectorum Sive Minimorum Animalium: Olim ab Edoardo Wottono, Conrado Gesnero, Thomaque Pennio inchoatum: Tandem Tho. Moufeti Londinatis opera sumptibusq; maximis concinnatum auctum, perfectum: Et ad vivum expressis Iconibus supra quingentis illustratum.

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Londini: Ex officina typographica Thom. Cotes, 1634 A fair copy of the first printing of Insectorum Theatrum, classed as 'fair' because the title page and final plate page are in facsimile. The title page is that of the 3rd issue with a single printer named, but the book itself is 1st issue with page numbering at p 48 corrected in… Read more
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£1,847.58
image of The Arraignement and Conviction of Sr Walter Rawleigh, At the Kings Bench-Barre at Winchester on the 17. of November 1603

The Arraignement and Conviction of Sr Walter Rawleigh, At the Kings Bench-Barre at Winchester on the 17. of November 1603

by Sir Thomas Overbury ['Coppied by Sir Tho: Overbvry']

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Published
1648
Condition
Fair
Edition
1st Edition
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£4,223.04

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At the Sun over against St Dunstan's Church in Fleetstreet: Printed by William Wilson, for Abel Roper, 1648 A fair copy of an extremely scarce work. Thomas Overbury (1581-1613) is best known for the scandal surrounding his death by poisoning in the Tower, and the trial that followed it some 2 years later. He studied Law in 1598, was knighted… Read more
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image of Londinopolis; An Historicall Discourse or Perlustration Of the City of London, The Imperial Chamber, and chief Emporium of Great Britain: whereunto Is added another of the City of Westminster, With The Courts of Justice, Antiquities, and new Buildings thereunto belonging. [With] Map of London by Rutger Hermannides

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London : J Streater, for Henry Twiford, George Sawbridge, Thomas Dring, and John Place, 1657 A very good copy of Londinopolis by James Howell, with additional loose map of London by Rutger Hermannides, probably removed from a copy of Magna Britannia. James Howell, (c1594-1666) navigated his way with some difficulty through the changing allegiances of the English Civil War, Commonwealth… Read more
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image of The Historie of Great Britaine under the Conquests of the Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans. Their Originals, Manners, Habits, Warres, Coines, and Seales: with the Successions, Lives, Acts, and Issues of the English Monarchs from Julius Caesar, unto the Raigne of King James, of famous Memorie.

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Popes-head Pallace, at the signe of the White Horse: George Humble, 1632 A very good copy of the 3rd edition, 'revised, enlarged, and newly corrected, with sundry descents of the Saxons Kings, Their Marriages and Armes.'This work continued Speed's 'Theatre of Great Britaine' - and the contents listing refers to the first 4 books which were part of the Theatre,… Read more
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image of Tractatus de Corde, Item De Motu & Colore Sanguinis, & Chyli in com Transitu.

Tractatus de Corde, Item De Motu & Colore Sanguinis, & Chyli in com Transitu.

by Richardo Lower MD [Richard Lower]

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Published
1671
Condition
Very Good
Edition
3rd Edition
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£3,299.25

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Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Danielem Elsevirium, 1671 A very good copy of the '3rd and Final' edition of Richard Lower's major treatise on the working of the heart and lungs. Richard Lower (1631-1691) was the first person to perform a blood transfusion, reporting in 1666 that blood had been successfully transferred between 2 dogs. Shortly afterwards he carried out an experiment to… Read more
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image of Memoirs and Observations Topographical, Physical, Mathematical, Mechanical, Natural, Civil and Ecclesiastical. Made in  late Journey Through the Empire of China, And Published in several Letters

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London : Benjamin Tooke, 1699 A fair copy of the 3rd edition of this scarce work, first published in French in 1696. With frontispiece, folding map, 2 folding plates, 1 single page plate, a folding table and an illustration in the text. Louis le Comte was Jesuit mathematician, sent to China as part of a Jesuit mission at the behest… Read more
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£1,161.34
image of The Complete Chymical Dispensatory, in Five Books: Treating of All sorts of Metals, Precious Stones, and Minerals, of all Vegetables and Animals, and things that are taken from them, as Musk, Civet, &c. How rightly to know them, and how they are to be used in Physick; with their several Doses.

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London : Printed by John Darby for Richard Chiswell, and Robert Clavell, 1669 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Johann Shroder's work in English, translated by William Rowland. An extremely scarce work. Johann Shroder (1600-1664) was a German physician and pharmacologist and is credited as the first person to recognise arsenic as an element - producing it… Read more
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image of The Description of Leicestershire, Containing Matters of Antiquitye, Historye, Armorye, and Genealogy

The Description of Leicestershire, Containing Matters of Antiquitye, Historye, Armorye, and Genealogy

by William Burton

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Published
1622
Condition
Fair
Edition
1st Edition
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£1,253.72

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Cantabrigiae [Cambridge] : John White, 1622 A fair to good copy of the scarce 1st edition with map, in contemporary full leather binding. The binding has wear to spine joints, the top and bottom of the spine and edges, but is of good quality leather and would repair well. Page edges red. Internally there is an armorial bookplate of the… Read more
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