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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

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Antiquarian Science, Medicine and Instruments. Dracut The Antiquarian Scientist, Catalog Fifteen: 1984. A bookseller's catalog. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 52 pages, b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 9962
Price: $ 15.00       




Cartography - Maps & Selected Books. San Francisco Pacific Book Auction Galleries: October 9, 1995. Softcover. 7"x10", 191 lots, black & white illustrations. Light soil. Prices realized sheet.

Inventory #: 34515
Price: $ 20.00       




Cartography - Travel & Exploration. San Francisco Pacific Book Auction Galleries: October 22, 1992. Travel & Exploration comprises lots 1-173, Maps & Prints are lots 174-368. Softcover. 7"x10", 368 lots, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34514
Price: $ 20.00       




Maps & Atlases, Map Reference, Decorative Graphics, Ephemera. New York Swann Galleries: December 4, 1997. Maps comprise lots 1-247, atlases & map reference are lots 248-306. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 604 lots, black & white illustrations. Light soil. Prices realized sheet.

Inventory #: 34513
Price: $ 20.00       




Science, Medicine & Technology. Catalogue 46. Powys The Chaucer Head: no date (1980s?). A bookseller's catalog. Softcover. 8"x11.5", 70 pages light wear.

Inventory #: 9967
Price: $ 15.00       




The Black Death. Being the Continuation of the Library of Dr. Fritz Strauss & His Collection of Books about The Plague, including insects & early microscopy. Jeff Weber Rare Books Catalog 53. 1997. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 306 items, 73 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35483
Price: $ 35.00       




The Murad III Globes. London Christie's: October 30, 1991. A special catalog devoted to a single lot- a pair of gilt metal globes, terrestrial and celestial, made for Sultan Murad III in 1579. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 31 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34511
Price: $ 35.00       




Asimov, Isaac, et al. (eds.). Creations. The Quest for Origins in Story and Science. New York Crown Publishers: 1983. An anthology of science and science fiction about the beginnings of the universe, solar system and humanity. Edited by Isaac Asimov, George Zebrowski and Martin Greenber. Hardcover. 6.5"x.5", 351 pages, dj. Writing on last few blank endpaper pages.

Inventory #: 6146
Price: $ 10.00       




Asimov, Isaac. Science Past. Science Future. Garden City Doubleday & Co.: 1975. A rollicking good collection of essays. Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 346 pages, dj ex-library, some wear.

Inventory #: 6364
Price: $ 10.00       




Charleton, Arthur G. Tin: Describing the Chief Methods of Mining, Dressing & Smelting it Abroad. With Notes upon Arsenic, Bismuth and Wolfram. London E. & F.N. Spon: 1884. A scholarly study of European methods of mining, dressing and smelting tin, chiefly in Bohemia and Saxony. Charleton was a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. This copy bears the ownership signature of Manuel Antonio Gomes 'Himalaya' [1868-1933(?)]. "Father Himalaya" is considered to be the father of solar energy in Portugal, and a visionary pioneer in the field of renewable energy. After taking Holy Orders in the Society of Jesus he studied natural sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics and astronomy, and traveled to France where he studied with the noted chemist Marcelin Berthelot. In 1899 he was granted a patent by the French government for a device to produce heat by focusing the sun's rays in 1900 he constructed a test device in the Pyrenees and attained a temperature of 1100 degrees centigrade. In 1902 an experiment in Lisbon attained 2000 degrees, and he made a final, startling demonstration of the power of such a device at the St. Louis Exposition in Missouri 1904. There he constructed his "Pireliofero", a 3-story high parabolic mirror mounted on a monstrous iron framework which focused sunlight on an oven mounted at the top of the structure. The oven reached a temperature of 3500 degrees, melting a test chunk of basalt, and Father Himalaya won a Grand Prize for his efforts. He promoted other forms of renewable energy as well, including tidal energy and hydroelectric power, wind power, and geothermal power. Alas, there was plenty of cheap coal and oil available, and his work was generally ignored and forgotten. Father Himalaya retired to become chaplain at Viana Castle, a charity home, where he died at the age of 65. His work has excited interest in Europe in recent years, and his ideas have only lately attained a measure of the respect which eluded them in his lifetime. Hardcover. 6"x9", 83 pages with 2 b/w plates and several text illustrations, plus 17 folding plates of plans and elevations. Light wear, a little rubbing to the tips, etc., text a bit browned, endpaper slightly spotted, but a very nice copy ownership inscription "Rev. M.A.G. Himalaya, Braga, Portugal, 1907" on the title page.

Inventory #: 5444
Price: $ 200.00       




Hughes, Debra K. Artifacts of Invention. Patent models at the Hagley Museum and Library. York Graphic Services: 1993. A fascinating catalog of some of the 19th century patent models collected by E. Tunnicliff Fox, now part of the Hagley Museum's collection. Softcover. 6"x9", 111 pages, color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 35856
Price: $ 30.00       




Lloyd, Steven A. Ivory Diptych Sundials 1570-1750. Harvard University Press: 1992. "During the 16th and 17th centuries, ivory diptych sundials were widely used to determine the time by day or night. These elaborate portable sundials, which could be adjusted for different latitudes, incorporated various devices useful for merchants and others who travelled extensively in Europe. This catalogue illustrates in detail Harvard's collection of 83 ivory diptych sundials, one of the largest holdings of these instruments in the world. The collection encompasses a comprehensive array of styles and designs from Nuremberg, Paris, and Dieppe, the major centres of their production, as well as from other parts of Europe. This catalogue is the fourth publication of Harvard University's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. This collection, which was established in 1949 as a resource for the history of science and technology, has one of the three largest university holdings of its kind in the world. It comprises about 15,000 instruments covering a broad range of scientific disciplines dating from 1500 to the present". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 169 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35437
Price: $ 45.00       




[University of Chicago] University of Chicago Library Rare Science Duplicates. Part I and Part II. South Kensington Christie's: July 2, 1994 & March 31, 1995. The first volume includes astronomy, chemistry, geology, mathematics, & physics the second sale consisted of medicine. Softcovers. 2 vols. 8"x10.5", 83 pages/428 lots 93 pages/414 lots b/w illustrations light soil, ink mark on Vol.2 cover.

Inventory #: 30365
Price: $ 100.00       




Ure, Andrew. A Dictionary of Chemistry, on the Basis of Mr. Nicholson's in which the principles of the science are investigated anew, and its application to the phenomena of nature, medicine, mineralogy, agriculture, and manufactures, detailed. London Thomas & George Underwood: 1821. The first edition of Ure's famous treatise. This is a highly useful book with an emphasis on applied chemistry. Found amongst its pages are entries on acids, alum, bone, bread, cement, clay, dyeing, gas, iron, light, madder, opal, silvering, soap, and so on. Andrew Ure [1778-1857] was a professor of chemistry who also worked for the British government and several private companies. He authored a number of important books on manufactures. Hardcover. 5.5"x9", xix + about 500 pages, with 15 engraved plates, several folding period marbled boards with leather spine and gilt title covers a bit worn and rubbed some internal soil some foxing to the plates. Errata slip. Ownership inscription of "Peter Stevenson, Dyer, Clinton, Mass September 1st, 1852" on the endpaper.

Inventory #: 30609
Price: $ 850.00       




W(V)oeikof(v), Dr. A. On the Influence of Forests Upon Climate. [Offprint from the] Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Vol.XII, No.57. January, 1886. Forwarded and translated from 'Petermann's Mittheilungen', 1885, by J.S. Harding. Dr. Alexander Ivanovich Voeikov [1842-1916] was a pioneering Russian climatologist, and the oldest meteorological institution in Russia, the Main Geophysical Observatory in St. Petersburg, is named in his honor. In this article he argued that forests are responsible for their own climate being cooler and more humid than in surrounding open lands (instead of forests simply growing where it is cooler and more humid), and also that forests change the climate in the areas surrounding them. This, he concluded, would make re-forestation possible in arid areas, and could also result in cleared areas becoming more arid than they were previously. An interesting 19th century article touching on Man's ability to cause climate change. An uncommon and timely offprint. Softcover. 6"x10", pp.26-36 light wear several small stamps evidently once bound into a larger volume, with the spine reinforced with sewn canvas folded better than it sounds.

Inventory #: 8095
Price: $ 50.00       




Watson, Lyall. Dark Nature. A Natural History of Evil. New York Harper Collins: 1995. "At a time when violence threatens to become epidemic, and genocide takes the place of diplomacy in many regions of the world, it is no longer plausible to dismiss dark human behavior as simple 'human nature'. Biologist and naturalist Lyall Watson brings forth a stunning exploration of the origin and nature of evil". Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 318 pages, dj light wear remainder mark.

Inventory #: 6363
Price: $ 10.00       



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