Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1946. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. An Atlantic Monthly Book. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with blue title and blue and red decorations to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine and bumping to spine ends. Light rubbing to boards. Minor browning to end papers. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 473 pages. SCI/121619. Very Good+.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2019. Open edition. Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, a French-American artist, produced drawings of celestial subjects as pastels in the early 1870s. Trouvelot was a scientist without formal training whose primary occupations were artist, nature illustrator, and printmaker. He published more than fifty scientific papers in his lifetime, but remains best known for his exquisite astronomical illustrations.They combine scrupulous accuracy with great awe and beauty (book artist). Pat Sweet has boxed copies of thirteen of Trouvelot's best pastels in a box lined with a peach and gold dotted paper and bound it with a paper printed with the night sky. The box is decorated on it's long sides with antiqued brass triangles.A paper title label is affixed to the top of the box. The plates, each protected by a tissue guard, are 2 5/8 x 2 1/16 inches, and the box is 2 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches. In fine condition. MINI/120219. Fine.
Paris: Chez Bailly, Libraire, 1777. Hardcover. Scarce. Déjean's treatise on odors was originally published in 1764, following his earlier work on distillation. This new edition discusses the use of herbs, flowers, spices, and more to create such products as perfumes, cosmetics, creams, and bath products. The treatise is filled with hundreds of recipes using specific ingredients for making these products. Bound in contemporary full leather with elaborate gilt work to spine and title label. Cracks to joints but text block solid. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages generally clean, with early bookworm damage as is typical of the period. early owner wrote notes in ink on the rear free endpapers. Very good. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. In French. 492 pages. FRENCH/111419. Very Good.
London: Printed by W. and J. Innys, 1721. Hardcover. Fourth Edition much Corrected. Written by William Derham (1657 - 1735), an English clergyman and natural philosopher. This book includes several newly identified star clusters or nebulae. He used a 16 foot long telescope to observe the heavens. Illustrated with 3 fold-out Copper Plates to rear. Sold as is. Includes chapters on the Ptolemaick system, Copernican system, Sun's Recess, "What creatures inhabit the Planets", "The Planets are Worlds", and more. Bound in full leather boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Both boards are present but detached. The boards are beautifully tooled with floral embossed devices to corners. Minor wear to edges of boards. Bookplates from two previous owners to inside of front board. Writing in pen and pencil from previous owners to front endpapers and to title page. Includes headpieces, tailpieces, and initials. 246 pages. SCI/123119. Good.
(Sporosky)? 1958. Flexible Covers. Flexible green cloth boards with gilt title (in Japanese) to spine. Creasing to covers and spine. Housed in a beige cardboard slipcase with Japanese titling to spine and front panels. Wear and browning to case. All text in Japanese, with one page in Russian. Includes several photographic illustrations, many equations, and a few diagrams. Foxing to fore-edge of textblock. Clean interior overall; however, some passages have been underlined in pen. 339 pages. SCI/010220. Very Good.