Antiquariat Botanicum: Books for Sale



Prescription Book of Dr. F. Baidials, 1842. 8vo. Rebacked with modern calf, original marble boards. Sixty eight pages or loose sheets from physicians or pharmacists of prescriptions to treat various ailments and sickness are bound in this small volume. There are many additional pages, all blank. This is an interesting collection of recipies as the originator of many is noted or signed at the end of the prescribed treatment. Included is a rare printed prescription form from J(ohn) M(artin) Bigelow M.D. who was both physician and botanist. The recipe is written out in ink. Bigelow made significant contributions to the Mexican Boundary Survey as collector and classifier. He and C. C. Parry were the major collectors of plants. On a second exploration for the Railroad series, Bigelow found the Parthenium argentatum, a rubber-yielding plant commonly known by its Mexican name ‘guayule.’ American

Price: USD 750.00
Inventory No: 0000391

No. 2 Delineations of Cutaneous Diseases: Exhibiting the Characteristic Appearances of the Principal Genera and Species Comprised in the Classification of the Late Dr. Willan and Completing the Series of Engravings Begun by that Author,


4to,Modern black quarter morocco and marble boards. Complete with 72 hand-coloured engraved plates. Spotting to title and a few leaves, plates very clean with good color and detail. Two late nineteenth century broadsides on respiratory function folded and tipped-in at end.

Price: USD 4,000.00
Inventory No: 0000437

No. 3 A Compleat System of Opticks, in Four Books, viz. a Popular, a Mathematical, a Mechanical, and a Philosophical Treatise. To which are added remarks upon the whole.,


2 vols. 4to.19th century quarter calf on marble boards with new end papers. Fore edge of text block in red ink. There are raised bands on the spines with gilt decoration on raised band and panels. Title and volume number are in separate panels. The gilt is bright and attractive. Internal condition generally very good with only occasional damp staining at head of spine. Collation: Vol. I - [6], vi, [8], 280; Vol II - [2] (281)-455 [1- blank] [1]- 171, [13] p. + 686 optical and perspective figures and illustrations, including illustrations of various optical and perspective instruments, on 63 folding engraved plates in the main work, and 70 additional figures and illustrations on 20 folding engraved in the added "Remarks". While text is very clean and bright, the plates often have foxing as the result of using different quality paper. Pages 157-160 (Volume I) are shorter than rest of text. This signature is probably from a shorter segment of paper used during printing as the water mark is identical to that of the rest of the text block. First edition of a classic on optics, at the time the standard work on the subject. First edition

Price: USD 3,800.00
Inventory No: 0000142

No. 4 Dictionnaire Abrégé de Botanique... ,


2nd edition. 8vo(216 x 134 mm). Contemporary quarter calf on marble boards with marble end papers. [8] [1]-186pp + 24 copper engraved plates with 236 hand-colored images of plants and plant parts, that is, leaves, flowers, stems, and roots. Second edition

Price: USD 500.00
Inventory No: 0000230

No. 5 Faunae insectorum Americes Borealis prodromus. Cum tab. aeneis,


4to. Modern quarter blue morocco on mottled paper boards. Original blue wrappers bound inside at back. Collation: 8pp. + 1 hand colored engraved plate. 18th century description of scarab beetles of America.

Price: USD 1,500.00
Inventory No: 0000452

No. 6 Flora Americae Septentrionalis, or, A systematic arrangement and description of the plants of North America :containing, besides what have been described by preceding authors, many new and rare species, collected during twelve years travels and residence in that country. ,


8vo. 2nd edition. 2 volumes. Original boards boxed. Large paper copy. Hinges weak on both volumes. Paper labels frayed as are the ends of spine. Moderate foxing to text and plates. Collation: xxxvi, 725 p. + 24 engraved plates. Plates uncolored as issued. The two volumes are housed in a drop-down box with green leather spine and marble paper over boards. Edges of box covered with linen. Spine with raised bands and 6 compartments. Separate red morocco labels for title, author and date of publication. Floral gilt stamp in each remaining panel. Second edition

Price: USD 5,500.00
Inventory No: 0000234

No. 7 Flora Cantabrigiensis, Exhibens Plantas Agro Cantabrigiensi Indigenas. Secundum Systema Sexuale Digestas, Cum Characteribus Genericis, Diagnosi Secierum... ,


8vo. Contemporary tree calf, spine darkened with loss to top and less so at bottom; hinges beginning, some chipping to extremities.Collatioh: [xxii] 490 pp. .Index. Plus 7 engraved plates (1 folding). Bound With Relhan, Richard. FLORA CANTABRIGIENSI SUPPLEMENTUM. Cambridge :J. Archdeacon, 1786. 40p. Index. First edition

Price: USD 350.00
Inventory No: 0000237

No. 8 Flora Diaetetica or History of Esculent Plants both Domestic and Foreign…,


8vo Original paper boards. Collation: i-xvi 379 [13] pp. Large paper, uncut and unopened copy. Front cover detatched, cords intact on rear cover. Paper spine chipped with some loss, mainly along joints. Extensive coverage of plants and parts of nutritious value. Linnean latin names for all with reference to earlier Linnean works or that of earler herbalists. First edition

Price: USD 950.00
Inventory No: 0000248

No. 9 Flora Ienensis.,


8vo. Contemporary vellum with new end papers and spine. [16] 416 [24] + 1vfolding table and 6 engraved plates. Red ink fore edges. Clean copy. First edition

Price: USD 900.00
Inventory No: 0000207

No. 10 Forest Trees And Woodland Scenery, As Described In Ancient And Modern Poets. ,


Ex Libris. 1st Edition. Folio (37 x 27 cm) Original green cloth. Collation: vi, [2], 151 p. + 20 chromolithographs. The binding has been re-cased after the text block was sewn. The original glue used dried and the text and plates separate. This is a common phenomenon for books of this era that were glued rather than sewn. The original text block has been sewn. All edges of are gilt. Institutional stamps present on free end paper and title page. The text and plates have some marginal spotting and dusting. The tipped in plates are free of any defects. This is a very good copy of a scarce book on trees, which include beech, oaks, and cedars after watercolors by Elphinstone, Walton, and Nutt. The chromolitographs were done by M. & N. Hanhart. (BMC 17: 267.123). Ex Libris

Price: USD 1,900.00
Inventory No: 000098

No. 11 Fundamentum Historiae Naturalis Muscorum Frondosorum Concernens Eorum Flores, Fructus, Seminalem Propagationem Adiecta Generum Dispositione Methodica Iconibus Illustratis Pars I & II. ,


4to (24.7 x 19.7 cm). Contemporary tree calf. Collation: Pars I – xxiii, [1] 112 + 10 copper engraved plates; Pars II – 107 [1] + 10 copper engraved plates. Spine is tooled into panels with gilt floral borders and central image. Some loss to bottom left corner of leather title. Minor loss is evident at top of spine. Boards have minor wear to corners. Original marble end papers are free of defects or bookplate. Title page of Pars I has engraved vignette showing portrait of Hedwig in circular disc surrounded by microscope, drawings of specimens and other tools and apparatus for field research. There is a floral and grass background. Title page for Pars II does not have vignette. Minor foxing present along edges and gutter but not extending to text. Folding engraved plates in excellent condition with delineation by Hedwig and printing by Capieux 1782.

Price: USD 2,800.00
Inventory No: 000092

No. 12 Fungorum Agri Ariminensis Historia.,



4to (27 x 20 cm). 1st edition. 19th century bookplate of the Baron de Warenghien on front paste down. Collation: [I-iv], v-vii, 1-80 pp. + 40 copper engraved plates. The text and plates are in very good condition. All edges have speckled red inking. This first edition offers notes on published and unpublished mycological literature along with the author’s views on the theory of spontaneous generation from putrefaction or from the “decayed nutritive juice.” The latter would provide reproduction “by seed.” There are notes of practical interest, such as on how to distinguish poisonous mushrooms… and their therapeutic qualities. The work concludes with descriptions of around 300 kinds of mushrooms, divided into eight classes. 0)

Price: USD 6,000.00
Inventory No: 00003

No. 14 Geostatica,


Rare original manuscript. 4to Contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, panels with floral gilt decorations, gilt title on leather label in upper panel. Loss to ends of spine; hinges cracked at ends, cords sound. Collation: 110 leaves with numerous hand drawn diagrams. This is a detailed Latin manuscript from France on solid and fluid mechanics presented in propositions, questions and supporting information and illustrations. This manuscript was made at the time when findings and views of Newton built on Galileo and other earlier scientists was circulating. The anonymous author focuses on the areas of physic dealing with forces of nature and how to explain and use them with different devices that he illustrates. Illustrated Latin manuscript from France on solid and fluid mechanics presented in propositions, questions and supporting information. $9,000 USD

Price: USD 9,000.00
Inventory No: 0000454

No. 15 Greenland By the Polar Sea. The Story of the Thule Expedition from Melville Bay to Cape Morris Jesup. ,


1st Edition. 4to (25 x 19 cm). Original green cloth. Collation: [iv] v-xxiii, 1-326pp. + numerous illustrations in black and white, eight color plates, and maps. Binding has labels and vignette on front cover in silver. Title and author present on spine are also in silver. There is minor wear to ends of spine and corners. This is an uncut and partially unopened copy in excellent condition with only minor browning on end papers. Overall this is a very good copy. First edition

Price: USD 450.00
Inventory No: 0000140

No. 16 Grundriss der Physiologie für Vorlesungen. Nach der vierten lateinischen mit den Verbesserungden und Zusätzen des herrn Prof. Wrisberg in Göttingen, vermehrten Ausgabe aufs neue übersetzt, und mit Anmerkungen vershehen durch herrn hofrath Sömmerring ... mit einigen Anmerkungen begleitet und besorgt von P. F. Meckel.,


8vo. Contemporary leather binding. Collation: viii, 710 pp. 2nd German Edtion of translation of Primae Lineae Physiologie with improvements and additions by Wrisberg Gotting and Konrad F. Uden. Binding and text in very good condition. “Although Haller had many interests and talents, he was chiefly a physiologist, and one of his greatest contributions to physiology was his demonstration that irritability is a specific property of all muscle tissue and that sensibility is the exclusive property of nervous tissue. (The Primae Lineae Physiologie), first published in 1747, contains many of the ideas that Haller later developed more fully in Elementa physiologiae corporis humani, including his resonance theory, similar to that already advanced by Du Verney and to that of Helmholtz more than one hundred years later.” (Eimas – Heirs Hippocrates)

Price: USD 600.00
Inventory No: 0000442

No. 17 Haemophilia As A Proof For Mutation In Man,


8vo. Genetica XIX 4/5, p. 417-422.

Price: USD 25.00
Inventory No: 0000366

No. 18 Handbuch der Specifischen Homöopathie mit Gebrauchs-Anweisung zur Heilung der Krankheiten.,


12mo (11,5 x 7 cm). Original green linen binding. Collation: [2] 160p. Binding and text are in very good condition. This is a scarce title of a publication on homoepathic medicine which flourished in the 19th century both in Europe and abroad. Often with such works there advertisements were included for purchase of remedies to treat different ailments. United States publications in German are quite scarce.

Price: USD 150.00
Inventory No: 0000214

No. 19 Hecatosteae II : observationum physico-medicarum ad illustrem societatem naturae curiosorum in Germania,


4to. Later half calf with marble paper boards. Collation: Part I- Engraved title page, [viii], [3]-130,[5], [1-blank]pp.+ 12 copper engraved plates; Part II-[3]-69,[26]pp. This is important two part 17th century German work by Welsch on material medica. The engraved plates illustrate minerals and plants that are used for preparing medicinal treatments.

Price: USD 2,000.00
Inventory No: 0000323

No. 20 Histoire des Plantes de M. Leonhart Fuschsius, avec les noms Grecs, Latins & Fracoys, augmentée de plusieurs portraicts avec unng extratit de leurs vertus… des plus excellens autheurs. Nouvellement traduict en francoys. ,



8vo. (16.4 x 10 cm) Bound in 17th century vellum with period endpapers. Collation: viii [16], 1-520 p. (p.387/388 supplied in facsimile). Includes 519 woodblock prints. Small circular institutional stamp (Maison de Poesis Fondation Blemont) on title page and several other pages, ca. 3 more. All 517 woodcuts have images with early coloring, many of the roots left uncolored. The plants depicted on facsimile pages in modern color. Text and plates generally good with occasional foxing spot. There was some tight trimming when the book was rebound that shaves close to text at the fore edge of several pages without apparent loss. This is a very rare copy made even more so with any coloring of woodcut images. Each page has a woodblock of the plant toward the gutter and text at the fore edge. However, because of prior trimming portions of letters on the fore edge are slightly affected. The text, however, is present and readable. There is ink marginalia in Index (iiii) which corrects errors in assigned pages for several plants and corrections of page numbers for p. 330, 331, 334, 335, 340, 348, 349, and 352. Three plants (517,518,519) not depicted in any of the Basel editions.

Price: USD 18,000.00
Inventory No: 000018

No. 21 Histoire Naturelle de la Rose, où l’on décrit ses différentes espèces, sa culture, ses vertus et ses proprieties; SUIVE de la corbeille de roses, ou choix de ce que les Anciens et les Modernes on écrit de plus gracieux sur la rose; e de l’histoire des insects qui vivent sur le rosier,


8vo (17.4 x 10.7 cm). Contemporary quarter calf on marbled boards; recent red leather spin label. There are five sections or chapters to his small monograph on the rose: in the first, Guillemeau introduces the flower, describes itstypes and varieties and provides an analytical table based upon the classification system of Lamarck; next, the cultivation of numerous varieties is examined, and suggestions are made for the formation of a rosary; Chapter III examines the medicinal uses of roses and their special properties, the varieties used in simples, those used in particular remedies, and the receipes used to produce rose water, oil, vinegar and syrups; Chpater IV discusses insects; and Chapter V discusses the literary lore of the rose, reprinting a variety of early verse and prose, including one of Guillemeaus’s own poems. (Pritzel 3643)

Price: USD 950.00
Inventory No: 0000423

No. 22 Histoire naturelle des quadrupédes ovipares et des serpens. ,


2 Volumes. 4to (25.6 x 18.8 cm). Contemporar mottled calf. Collation: Vol. I- 17, 651 pp. + 2 folding charts and 41 copper engraved plates; Vol. II- [4]. [1] 2-527 pp. + 22 copper engraved plates. Bindings have raised bands and floral decorated panels in gilt. Titles and subject of each volume identified in separate panels with red or maroon leather labels and gilt lettering, Ovipares, Serpens. The subject labels have some loss. Hinges are solid but there is some break in Volume I. There is age wear to ends of spines and corners. Covers have triple gilt line borders. The text has minor foxing, but charts have browned paper and slightly more foxing. There are two plates with some paper adhering from facing page from previous drop of moisture on plate.

Price: USD 3,500.00
Inventory No: 0000172

No. 23 Histoire naturelle des singes et des makis. ,



2 Volumes. Folio (49.0 x 32.5 cm). Half calf with orange paper boards. Collation: Vol. 1- 2 + 176 pp.; Vol. 2- 63 engraved plates hand colored except for last two anatomical plates. This is a complete set of text and plates. The volumes have original orange paper on boards and half calf leather binding. The leather is recent but in style of period. The spines have raised bands with new black leather labels- author and title in gilt. Central panel on each volume has volume number in gilt. Remaining panels blank. Double gilt border on leather at interface with paper boards. Both volumes have wear on the boards. All edges of text block painted in red ink. Internal condition is exceptionally good for both volumes. There is one page in the text volume with some age browning and very occasional marks on a few other pages. The plate volume is complete with 63 plates (61 hand colored). There are about two plates with fore edge damp staining (17 x 6 cm; 17 x 4 cm). The damp staining is very much removed from the image area.

Price: USD 30,000.00
Inventory No: 000028

No. 24 Historia musculorum hominis.,


1st Edition. 4to.(24.1 cm) Contemporary brown mottled calf. Collation: [3], 4-696 pp. + 8 engraved plates. The plates are in two states, engraved and diagrammatic that were done by the renowned artist, Jan Vandelaer. The diagrammatic plates have labeling for each muscle. Binding has repairs to ends of spine and corners. Spine with raised bands and six panels. All edges are in red. Text and plates have minor edge foxing and some leaves browned.

Price: USD 4,500.00
Inventory No: 000021

No. 25 Historia Naturae, Variis Experimentis et Ratiociniis Elucidata, Secundum Principia Stabilita In Institutione Philosophiae Edita ab eodem Authore. Edition Secunda. ,


8vo (98 x 164 mm) Text is bound in contemporary vellum with title in ink on spine and embossed image in diamond area on both covers. [14] plate (signed by Nico Schum), 1-445 [18]pp. There are 10 woodcuts in text which is divided into nine parts: De Corporibus; De Qualitatibus; Mundi & Coeli; De Terra, Aqua, Igne, & Aere; De Fossilibus; De Meteoris; De Plantis; De Animalibus; De Homine. Moderate foxing is present throughout. Second edition

Price: USD 650.00
Inventory No: 0000219