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Summer 2024 Featured Books

Each season, we feature some special treasures to showcase in our Featured Books section. Take a scroll through the items on this page and contact us with any questions!

Marcello Malpighi and the Evolution of Embryology

Adelmann, Howard B.: Marcello Malpighi and the Evolution of Embryology. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1966. First edition. Folio, 5 vols. pp. [xxiv], 726 + 1 folding plate; [x], [4], 727-1013, [7] + 11 folding plates; [x], [4], 1017-1526; [x], [5], 1528-2062; [x], [5], 2064-2475, all with illustrated frontispiece. The first two leaves (acknowledgements) of vol. 1 loose, otherwise very good copies. Blue cloth, library stamp to front free endpaper, small paper label to spine of vols. 2-5. ‘Peerless among monographs in the history of science’ (’BioScience’, 1967).


Marcello Malpighi and the Evolution of Embryology


Minucius Felix, Marcus; Firmicus Maternus, Julius: (Ouzel, J., Meursius, J., a Wower, J., eds.; Baudouin, F., intro.:) Octavius […] De errore profanarum eligionum. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: ex officina Hackiana, 1672.

8vo. pp. (xlviii), 352, 64, [16], last blank. With engraved titlepage, woodcut title vignette and initials. Light water stain to upper blank margin of one gathering, small loss to lower outer blank margin of one leaf. Full calf c.1800, tooled in blind, spine gilt-ruled, gilt-lettered label. 

Bookplate of Cholmondeley Library to front pastedown; bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to ffep. This copy was in the library of Reginald Cholmondeley (1826-96) of Condover Hall. He hosted Mark Twain upon Twain’s visit to England in 1873 and 1879.


Octavius, 1672


Theocritus: Quae extant. Ex editione Danielis Heinsii expressa. Glasguae [Glasgow]: In aedibus Academicis excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis, 1746. Pot 4to, pp. [xii], 32, 45-192 (as called for). Early 20th-century sprinkled calf by R. Nelson, boards bordered with a double gilt rules, spine divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, central gilt tools in compartments. Some light soiling in places. Rebacked preserving most of original backstrip, Bookplate of Jacob Bennett Miller to front pastedown. Gatherings A and B signed are with* and the paper has a Royal Arms watermark. This was the first book in which Andrew Foulis’s name appears with Robert’s as University Printer. 


Theocritus, 1746

Lucretius Carus, Titus

Lucretius Carus, Titus: (Creech, Thomas, ed.:) De Rerum Natura libri sex: Ex editione Thomae Creech. Glasguae [Glasgow]: in aedibus academicis excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis, 1759. 8vo, pp. xvi, 269, [1]. Contemporary calf. Rebacked. Early ownership inscription to flyleaf. The octavo, ‘small paper’ imposition of the second Foulis edition of Lucretius. Gordon 18A; Gaskell 370; ESTC T50370.


Lucretius Carus, Titus

Herman Melville, Moby Dick, illustrated by Rockwell Kent

Herman Melville, Moby Dick, illustrated by Rockwell Kent. 1982 Modern Library edition. Both the book and dust jacket are in good condition.


Screws and Screw-Making

Screws and Screw-Making with a Chapter on The Milling Machine; Britannia Company, Colchester, England, 1891, with 95 illustrations.



Illustrated Games of Patience

Illustrated Games of Patience, Lady Adelaid Cadogan, London, 4th edition, 1883, Sampson Low, Marston, et al.