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  • Ferguson (John), 1837-1916

    Glasgow & London, Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, 1890-1916
    Seven items (22-23.5 cm), offprints, as issued, in printed wrappers. ¶ Wrappers of one offprint slightly damaged; otherwise very good, unmarked copies.
  • Ferguson (John), 1837-1916

    Glasgow, James Maclehose & Sons, 1906
    Two volumes (27 cm), xxi (1), 487 (1); (iv), 598, (2) pp., photogravure frontispiece portrait of James Young in each volume (tissue guardsheet present). Uniform publisher’s quarter-morocco, brown cloth. - Original edition of a work that has served as a beacon and pilot for generations of collectors. The collection was donated by James “Paraffin” Young (1811-1883) to Anderson’s College, and is now incorporated in the University of Strathclyde Library, Glasgow. The compiler of the catalogue, John Ferguson, was Regius Professor of Chemistry at Glasgow, and himself an active collector of books on alchemy and the occult sciences (Ferguson’s own gift to the University included 104 incunabula and 317 manuscripts). This catalogue was printed for private distribution in an edition of 250 copies. ¶ Fine copy, untrimmed and unopened, the bindings very slightly rubbed. Exlibris of Robert Honeyman; sold by Sotheby’s, The Honeyman collection of scientific books and manuscripts, Part VII, London, 19-20 May 1981, lot 3231.
  • American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Library (New York)
    Weaver (William Dixon), 1857-1919

    New York, American Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1909
    Two volumes (24.5 cm), I: vii (1), 504 pp., frontispiece-portrait (tissue guardsheet present). II: 475 (1) pp., frontispiece-portrait (tissue interleaf). Uniform publisher’s orange cloth. - 5,966 entries, classified in eleven sections. The library of the English electrical engineer and pioneer of telegraphy, Josiah Latimer Clark (1822-1898), purchased in 1901 by Schuyler Skaats Wheeler (1860-1923) and later presented by him to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. In 1995 the collection was distributed between the NYPL and Linda Hall Library. First edition. ¶ Bindings lightly rubbed and finger-marked; fore-edge of volume II spotted; otherwise a very good, unmarked copy.
  • Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh), Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
    Quinby (Jane), 1901-1965; Stevenson (Allan H.), 1903-1970, compilers

    Pittsburgh, Hunt Botanical Library, 1958-1961
    Two volumes bound as three (26 cm), I (1958): lxxxiv, 517 (3) pp., frontispiece, 25 plates. II (1961): ccxliv (2) pp., frontispiece. III (1961): ix (1), 655 (3) pp., 9 plates (some in colour). Uniform publisher’s green cloth, gilt lettering and decoration. - Exhaustive descriptions of 750 botanical books and manuscripts in the collection of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt (1882-1963), now housed in the library of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation of Carnegie Mellon University. Volume 2, part I, consists of a series of articles on bibliographical method, botanical prints, gardening books, and an excellent survey by William T. Stearn of “Botanical gardens and botanical literature in the eighteenth century”. First edition, printed in an edition of 750 copies. Donald C. Dickinson, Dictionary of American Book Collectors (New York 1986), pp.170-171. ¶ Very fine, unmarked copy.
  • Thorndike (Lynn), 1882-1965; Kibre (Pearl), 1903-1985

    London, Medieval Academy of America, 1963
    (29 cm), xxii pp., 1938 cols. Publisher’s cloth (no dust jacket issued). ¶ Good, unmarked copy.
  • Nissen (Claus), 1901-1975

    Stuttgart, Anton Hiersemann Verlag, 1966
    Three parts in one volume (31 cm), I (Geschichte): x (2), 264 pp. II (Bibliographie): (4), 316 pp. III (Supplement): 97 (1) pp. Publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - Revised second edition, containing about 2500 entries (including 300 in the Supplement). Publisher’s retail price €290 ( ¶ Very fine, unmarked copy.
  • Nissen (Claus), 1901-1975

    Stuttgart, Anton Hiersemann Verlag, 1969-1978
    Two volumes (30.5 cm), I (Bibliographie, 1969): (8) 666 (2) pp. II (Geschichte, 1978): xvi, 604 pp., including tipped-in photographic portrait of the author, and 57 text illustrations, plus 92 illustrations on 48 plates. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket (volume I; volume II issued without dust jacket). - 4826 entries, with multiple indices. Included in volume II is Hartmut Walravens, “Zoologische Illustration in China und Japan” (pp.413-448). In 1973 the work was awarded the Triennial Prize for Bibliography of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Publisher’s retail price €340 ( ¶ Short tear in dust jacket. Fine copy.
  • Stillwell (Margaret Bingham), 1887-1984

    New York, Bibliographical Society of America, 1970
    (25.5 cm), xxix (1), 399 (3) pp. Publisher’s cloth. - An annotated bibliographical guide to some 900 early scientific books, extending the range of Klebs’ Incunabula scientifica et medica (1938), and providing a much greater quantity of useful information. The arrangement by subject-heading allows the reader to review in a few moments all early printed books that fall under a broad heading, such as “Technology”, or a subdivision such as “Metallurgy”. Edition of 1500 copies. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
  • Henrey (Blanche Elizabeth Edith), 1906-1983

    London, Oxford University Press, 1975
    Three volumes (27 cm), xxvi, 290; xvi, 748; xviii, 142 pp., frontispiece in each volume, profusely illustrated (32 plates in colour, 1 folding). Publisher’s cloth (no dust jackets issued), original slipcase. - A catalogue of books on botany, gardening, and silviculture, nearly all seen and collated by the author herself. “A magnificent book, a rock on which all future work in this field can be securely grounded” (from a review by John Collins, in The Book Collector, Summer 1977, pp.279-280). First edition, first printing. Awarded the Sixth triennial prize of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. ¶ Few marks on slipcase; a fine copy.
  • Stafleu (Frans Antonie), 1921-1997; Cowan (Richard S.)

    Utrecht, Bohn, Scheltema & Holkema, 1976-1988
    Seven volumes (25 cm), I (A – G, 1976): 1136 pp. II (H – Le, 1979): xviii, 991 pp. III (Lh – O, 1981): xii, 980 pp. IV (P – Sak, 1984): ix, 1214 pp. V (Sal – Ste, 1985): 1066 pp. VI (Sti – Vuy, 1986): 926 pp. VII (W – Z, 1988): lvi, 653 pp. Uniform publisher’s cloth (no dust jackets issued). - The basic bibliography for botanical literature (commonly known as TL-2), an indispensable tool for the bibliographical description of botanical books printed before and after Linnaeus’s Species Plantarum (1753). The work is organised by author in alphabetical order; a typical entry contains a brief biographical note followed by a list of publications (in chronological order) including locations of copies. The work is particularly useful for establishing the publication histories of books appearing in parts, or in multiple editions. Stafleu and Cowan compiled the first volume (authors A-G) without external funding and visited a limited number of libraries. After its publication in 1976, funding was obtained from the National Science Foundation, and henceforth the collections of more than 100 libraries were surveyed. To remedy the deficiency of the first volume, Stafleu set to work on a supplement, which eventually extended to eight volumes (published 1992-2009). The supplement is still obtainable from the publisher (vol. 6 in reprint of 2004), Koeltz Scientific Books (€1787; ISBN 9031302244; ¶ Fine set with minimal traces of use and no marks of ownership.
  • Nissen (Claus), 1901-1975

    Stuttgart, Hiersemann Verlag, 1976
    (31 cm), 222 (2) pp., 16 p. of plates Abb.1-27), 7 text illustrations. Publisher’s blue cloth. - 1031 catalogue entries. Unchanged reprint of Stuttgart 1953 edition. Publisher’s retail price €140 ( ¶ Fine copy.
  • Anker (Jean), 1892-1957

    The Hague & Amsterdam, Junk BV, 1979
    (31 cm), (2) xviii, 251 (1) pp., with 13 plates (each accompanied by a leaf of descriptive text). Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - Elaborate descriptions of 548 illustrated books on birds, based on the collection in the University library, Copenhagen. Reprint of the edition issued Copenhagen: Levin & Munksgaard, 1938. ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
  • Ferguson (John), 1837-1916

    London, Holland Press, 1981
    Two volumes in one (22.5 cm), c. 600 pages (various sequences). Publisher’s blue cloth binding (no just jacket issued). - The “books of secrets” were technical “how-to” books, typically revealing recipes, formulae, and “experiments” associated with the crafts, household and garden, or medicine. These might be instructions for making dyes, pigments, and drugs; directions for preserving fruits or increasing yields in the garden; or chemical preparations useful to a goldsmith or tinsmith. The information they contained was “secret” in the sense that it was likely to have been the property of specialised craftsmen and retained within the guilds. The advent of printing opened up opportunities to publish “secrets” for a profit and a huge number of books were published across Europe. The number of editions drops off sharply after 1700, but some were still being reprinted until late in the eighteenth century. Facsimile reprint of the first collected edition, London 1959. Preface by E.A. Osborne. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
  • Duveen (Denis Ian), 1910-1992

    Utrecht, HES Publishers, 1986
    Two parts in one volume (25 cm), (10) 669 (1) pp., [16] p. of plates (pls.I-XVI); (6) 98 pp. Publisher’s black cloth binding (no dust jacket issued). - Facsimile reprints of the editions London 1949 and New York 1953. “This book is a goldmine… it contains descriptions of much that is rare, or very rare. A pity, but understandably, this reprint is not provided with one or more printers’ indexes. However an important book is again available” (from a notice by R. Breugelmans, in Quaerendo, volume 176, 1987, p.311).

    Duveen (1910-1992), a chemist and chemicals manufacturer, commenced collecting books on alchemy and early chemistry while a student at Oxford. In 1949, he emigrated to the United States, where he met the physician Herbert S. Klickstein, who helped him catalogue the more than 3000 separate works in his collection. In 1950-1952, Duveen negotiated the sale of the collection to the University of Wisconsin (John Neu, “History of Science Collections in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries” in Science & Technology Libraries, volume 14, 1995, pp.17-24). He continued to collect in all areas of chemistry and also balneology, and in 1953 sold a “second collection” consisting “almost entirely of items not represented in my original library” to H.P. Kraus; thereafter, Duveen specialised in the chemistry of Lavoisier, acquiring much of Lavoisier’s personal library and archives from the Chazelles family (via Lucien Scheler). That collection, also catalogued with the help of Klickstein, was sold to Cornell University via H.P. Kraus in 1963. Denis I. Duveen, “Contemporary Collectors XI: The Duveen Alchemical and Chemical Collection” in The Book Collector, Winter 1956, pp.331-342. ¶ Corner of front board bumped; otherwise as new.