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Antiquarian Medical Booksellers Catalogs

The internet has resulted in significant changes in the antiquarian medical book trade. One of the most obvious changes is the decline in the number of booksellers who still issue catalogs. Until the first decade of this century, one of the primary mechanisms on which libraries and collectors relied for acquiring books, manuscripts, ephemera, etc. was catalogs issued through the mails by booksellers who either specialized in the biomedical sciences or who issued one or more catalogs annually on that topic. Today, booksellers are more likely to list their stock on internet booksites, enter them into a proprietary database, or issue catalogs in PDF format than they are to print and mail catalogs.

The collection of medical booksellers’ catalogs in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Edward G. Miner Library consists of catalogs and book lists issued by seventy-eight used and antiquarian medical booksellers from the last quarter of the 20th century through the first decade of the 21st century. These catalogs provide a composite portrait of the antiquarian medical book trade at century’s end, provide still useful data on book values, and often contain bibliographic information of enduring value.

Among the seventy-eight booksellers represented in the collection, forty are or were located in the United States, sixteen in Great Britain, and twenty-two in continental Europe. Of those firms or individuals who remain in business, thirteen still issue print catalogs. Double that number issue catalogs as PDFs or maintain their own website.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by bookseller:

Aequanimitas, Macon, Ga., Cat. 1 (1995)-2 (199?), 4 (1998); four trifolds ca. 1999-2000.

The Antiquarian Scientist, Southampton, Mass., Cat. 18 (1986?)-37 (2007?).

Argosy Book Store, New York City, Cat. 743 (1985), 748 (1985), 752 (1986), 758 (1987), 762 (1988), 768 (1988), 776 (1990), 782 (1991), 790 (May 1992), 797 (1993), 803 (1994), 810 (199?). [Argosy issued at least one medical catalog per annum until the mid-1990s]

Ars Medica, New York City, Four centuries of old master prints from the world of medicine, 199?

L’Art Médical, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Cat. 35 (Winter 1987/88), 39 (Jun 1988), 43 (Dec 1988), 45 (198?), 57 (1992), 62 (1992), 63 (1993).

Edward C. Atwater, Rochester, N.Y., Cat. 1 (Dec 1982)-36 (Fall 1999).

Libreria Bertocchi, Bologna, Italy, Cat. 72 (Nov 1985)-77 (Dec 1986), 79 (Jun 1987), 81 (Dec 1987), 84 (Dec 1988), 87 (May 1989)-91 (May 1990), 93 (Dec 1990)-96 (Oct 1991), 96 [i.e., 97] (Dec 1991)-105 (Dec 1993), 108 (May 1994), 110 (Dec 1994)-114 (Dec 1995), 116 (May 1996)-132 (Jun 2000), 134 (Dec 2000)-138 (Dec 2001), 143 (Dec 2002), 147 (Dec 2003), 150 (Jun 2004), 152 (Dec 2004)-154 (May 2005), 156 (Dec 2005)-158 (Jun 2006), 160 (Dec 2006), 162 (Jun 2007)-168 (Oct 2008), 170 (Dec 2008), 174 (Dec 2009), 176 (Jun 2010). [Libreria Bertocchi changed ownership in 2010. The firm’s catalogs were issued thenceforth in PDF format].

Librairie Albert Blanchard, Paris, Médecine (May 2007).

Françoise Bloch, St-Prex, Switzerland, Cat. XV (1989)-XVII (1991).

Antiquariaat Theo de Boer, Zwolle, Netherlands, Cat. 24 (1988), 44 (1991), 51 (1992), 54 (1992), 57 (199?), 70 (1994), 79 (1994), 80 (1995), 87 (ca. 1996-7), 89 (1997), 90 (ca. 1998-9), 91 (1999), 92 (1999).

Bonhams, London, Medical and scientific books (auction 5 Nov 2002), The collection of the late Ronald A. Cohen [dentistry], (auction 10 Dec 2002).

Michel Bouvier, Paris, Cat. 38 (2005).

Ian Brabner, Wilmington, Del., Cat. 10 (2011).

Librairie Alain Brieux, Paris, Cat. Nov 2006, Oct. 2007, Nov 2007, Oct 2008, Jun 2009, Nov 2009, Apr 2010, Winter 2010-11, Feb 2011.

Gino Brighenti, Bologna, Italy, Cat. 1, nuova ser. (1987).

John Caius Books, San Francisco, Cat. 1 (1989), List A (1991), B (1992).

The Chaucer Head, Presteigne, Powy, Eng., Cat. 43 (1999).

Chirurgical Bookshop, Baltimore, List 17b (Jul 1986), 18 (Jan 1987).

Deborah Coltham, Westerham, Kent, Eng., Recent Acquisitions List 2 (200?)-5 (200?), 7 (200?)-current.

Deborah Coltham, Westerham, Kent, Eng., Cat. 3 (2010), Ephemera, pamphlets & trade catalogs (2010).

Livres anciens F. Comellas, Perpignan, France, Bulletin Jan 1986, Mar 1987, Sep 1989, Avr 1990, Sep 1990, Mar 1991.

Robert Connelly, London, Cat. 2 (1985)-5 (1988).

Dailey Rare Books, Los Angeles, Cat. 43 (1986), 68 (200?), 76 (2009), Balneology (1989).

The Doctor’s Library, Jersey City, N.J., Cat. X (1993)-XX (Jan 1997).

Webb Dordick, Somerville, Ma., Cat. 4 (1986)-current.

Webb Dordick, Somerville, Ma., List 26 (1994/5), 30 (1997), 32 (1997), 34 (2002), Special List Amer. Dental Assn., New Orleans (2002), 36-37 (2007), 40-41 (2008), 43-45 (2009), 47 (2010)-current.

Francis Edwards, Hay-on-Wye, England, Cat. 1097 (1988), 1111 (198?), 1124 (198?), 1177 (1991).

Elgen Books, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Cat. 11 (1986)-13 (1988), 15 (1989)-27 (2001), 30 (2004), 32 (2007).

Elgen Books, Rockville Centre, N.Y., List 30 (1986), 80 (1994), 215 (1997).

Emeritus Books, Athens, Ga., Nov 1988-Nov/Dec 2001. [G. Terence “Terry” Cavanagh, curator of the Trent Collection at Duke University, operated Old Galen’s Books in Durham, N.C. In the summer or fall of 1988, he retired to Athens, Ga.. Terry continued his used and antiquarian book business as Emeritus Books. Many of Terry’s later catalogs were mailed from Memphis in the same envelope with Old South catalogs.]

W. Bruce Fye Antiquarian Medical Books, Rochester, Minnesota, Cat. 45 (1985)-47 (1986), 49 (1987), 50 (ca. 1987-88), 52 (1988)-69 (1994), 71 (1995)-78 (1999), Special moving sale (2000), 84 (200?). [A cardiologist as well as an historian and bookseller, Fye moved from Marshfield, Wisconsin to Rochester, Minnesota in 2000.]

Roger Gaskell, Warboys, Cambridgeshire, Eng., Cat. 36 (2005), 37 (2005), Scientific & medical portraits (2007), 40 (2008)-42 (2010).

Gilhofer & Ranschburg, Luzern, Switzerland, Catalogue medicine (1994).

Edwin V. Glaser Rare Books, Napa, Ca., Cat. 45 (198?), 50 (Sep 1985)-52 (Jan 1986), 54 (Apr 1986)-56 (Jul 1986), 58 (Oct 1986)-61 (Feb 1987), Pete’s bargain bin (Summer 1987), 63 (Jun 1987), 64 (Aug 1987), 67 (Dec 1987), 69 (1988)-76 (Oct 1988), 78 (Jan 1989)-83 (Sep 1989), 85 (Nov 1989)-93 (Mar 1991), 95 (May 1991)-105 (Dec 1992), 107 (Apr 1993)-111 (Nov 1993), 113 (Jan 1994)-120 (Jan 1995), 122 (Apr 1995)-127 (Jan/Feb 1996), 129 (Apr/May 1996)-134 (May 1997), 136 (Jul/Aug 1997), 140 (1998?)-142 (1998), 144 (1998)-149 (1999), 151 (2000)-153 (2000), Special sale catalog 153 (2000), 155 (2000), 156 (2000), 158 (2001?)-176 (2008). [Glaser moved from his long-time location in Sausalito to Napa circa 2000.]

James Tait Goodrich Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts, Grandview-on-Hudson, N.Y., List AA (Fall 1978), Cat. C-5 (Summer 1979), D-6 (Fall 1979), H-10 (Spring 1981), J-12 (Fall 1981), K-14 (Winter 1982), M-16 (Fall 1982), STC-1 (Winter 1983), N-17 (Fall 1983)-R-21 (Fall 1985, i.e., 1986), T-23 (Fall 1986)-)-44 (1996), Q-46 (1997)-50 (1999), M-68 (2007)-P-71 (2011).

R.D. Gurney Ltd., London, England, Cat. 96 (1985)-100 (1987), 102 (1987/88)-108 (1990).

R.D. Gurney Ltd., London, England, List MM (198?)-SS (1990).

Hamill & Barker, Evanston, Ill., Cat. 14 (1989); List [1] (198?)-3 (1990), 5 (1990), 7 (1991).

Hemlock Books, Neponsit, N.Y., Cat. 1 (1977)-20 (1998). [See also Swann Galleries auction catalog no. 1858, 4 May 2000)

Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller, New York City, Cat. 26 (1985)-36 (1987), 38 (1988)-44 (1989), 49 (1989), 51 (1990)-56 (1990), 59 (1991), 61 (1991)-188 (2009), 190 (2010)-current.

Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller, New York City, I.C.F. List 6 (ca. 1986-7), 7 (ca. 1987-8), 9 (1988).

Hünersdorff Rare Books, London, England, Cat. 13 (1991); List 2 (198?), 8 (1998), Coffee (Spring 2001), Medicine & health sciences (200?).

Interlibrum Establishment Buchantiquariat, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Cat. 304 (198?), 305 (198?), 309 (198?), 317 (198?), 319 (ca. 1989-90), 320 (1990), 326 (1991), 329 (ca. 1991-2), 330 (1992).

Boekhandel & Antiquariaat B.M. Israël, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Cat. 100 (1988), 101 (1988), 110 (1996), 113 (2001).

Ben Kinmont Bookseller, New York City, Cat. 1 (1999)-5 (2002).

C.C. Kohler Antiquarian Bookseller, Dorking, Surrey, Eng., Gynaecology and obstetrics (1985), Jenner and the eradication of smallpox (1988).

Carl-Ernst Kohlhauer, Feuchtwangen, Germany, KT 86 (1986); Buch-Katalog 40 (ca. 1987)-42 (1990), 48/T (199?).

H.P. Kraus, Inc., New York City, Cat. 186 (198?), 215 (2000), 219 (200?). [See also Sotheby’s auction catalogs of the Kraus firm’s inventory and reference library in 2003.]

Antiquariat Michael Kühn, Berlin, Germany, Physiology (Jul 2007).

Hugues de Latude, Paris, France, Cat. 5 (1993)-8 (1994), 10 (1996), 13 (1999), 17 (2003), 19 (200?), 20 (200?), 26 (200?), 34 (2008)-current [Before 2008, H. de Latude was based in Gardouche, France.]

Hugues de Latude, Gardouche, France, List 5 (1994), A collection of books and offprints by Pierre Flourens (200?).

Librairie Leonardo da Vinci (B. Chemineau), Paris, Cat. 5 (1989), 6 (1989).

Librairie Bernard Maille, Paris, France, Médecine (1986-1991, 1993, 1997, 2004); Neurologie, Psychiatrie (1989, 1990, 1994, [undated], 1998, 2004); Sciences et médecine (1996, 2000); Sciences de la vie, Sciences de la terre (1994); Early medical books from Dr. Recamier’s library (undated); Dermatologie (list rec’d Jan. 1991).

Jeremy Norman & Co., San Francisco, Cat. 2 (1975), 4 (1978), 5 (1978), 7 (1980)-11 (1982), 13 (1983)-19 (1989), 22 (1992), 28 (1994)-33 (1999).

Jeremy Norman & Co., San Francisco, List 2 (1987), Announcing the Haskell F. Norman library of science and medicine (ca. 1991).

Emil Offenbacher, Kew Gardens, N.Y., Cat. 38 (Spring 1986)-42 (March 1990).

Old Galen’s Books, Durham, N.C., July 1985-Aug 1988. [G. Terence Cavanagh, curator of the Trent Collection at Duke University, operated Old Galen’s Books in Durham, N.C. until summer/fall 1988, when he retired to Athens, Ga.. He continued his book business as Emeritus Books.]

Old Hickory Bookshop, Brinklow, Md., Cat. 162 (1965), 164 (ca. 1965-6)-167 (ca. 1966), 169 (ca. 1966-7)-234 (1992).

Old South Books, Memphis, Tenn., List 85-2 (1985)-87-2 (Apr 1987), 87-5 (Aug 1985)-88-4 (Nov 1988), 89-3 (Jul 1989)-90-2 (May 1990), 90-4 (Sep/Oct 1990)-93-1 (Jan 1993), 93-3 (Nov 1993), 96-2 (Jun 1996)-97-2 (May 1997), 99-3 (Aug 1999), 2000-1 (Feb 2000), 2000-2 (Jul 2000), Summer 2001-Summer 2002, 2006-1 (Spring), 2009-1 (Spring).

Michael Phelps Antiquarian Books, Harescombe, Gloucestershire, England, Bull. 4/85; Cat. 25 (1985), 27 (1986), 29 (1987), 31 (1988), 33 (ca. 1988-9), 35 (1989), 37 (1990)-40 (1991), 42 (1991), 45 (1992)-52 (1997), 54 (1998)-56 (1999), 58 (1999)-60 (2000), 62 (2001), 64 (2002)-66 (2003), 69 (2004), 70 (2004), 72 (2005)-82 (2010).

Nigel Phillips Rare Books, Chilbolton, Hampshire, England, Cat. 3 (1986)-21 (1998), 23 (1999)-32 (2005), K. Garth Huston collection of books on anaesthesia (2005), 33 (2006)-current.

Nigel Phillips Rare Books, Chilbolton, Hampshire, England, A selection of books exhibited … at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair (2007-09).

Jean-Maurice Poitras & Sons, Towson, Md., Cat. 9 (Jan 1989), 10 (Spring 1990), 12 (Feb 1991)-19 (Fall 1996).

B.A. & C.W.M. Pratt, Hereford, England, Cat. 40 (1985)-61 (2005).

The Printer’s Devil, Belmont, Mass. & Decatur, Ga., Cat. 49 (1985)-68 (1992), 70 (1992), 72 (1993)-75 (1993).

The Printer’s Devil, Belmont, Mass. & Decatur, Ga., Recent Acquisition List 1 (1989)-9 (Aug 1992), 11 (Summer 1993); Medical antiques (1984), Medical art (1987), Holiday medical list (1989), Antiquarian books (1989), Pamphlets & disbound books (1989).

Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London, England, Cat. 1068 (1986), 1072 (1987), 1080 (1987), 1107 (1989), 1114 (1989), 1127 (1990), 1149 (1991), 1155 (1992), 1166 (1992), 1183 (1993), 1194 (1994), 1212 (1995), 1227 (1996), 1245 (1997), 1248 (1998), 1258 (1999), 1285 (2001), 1294 (2002), 1305 (2003), 1322 (2004), 1332 (2005), 1358 (2007), 1402 (2011).

Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London, England, New ser., bull. 37 (1986); [folio-size lists]: Obstetrics, gynaecology and related subjects (Mar 1988), Medicine: recent acquisitions (1988), Recent acquisitions: science and medicine (1990), A selection of rare medical books (1990), Medical books (1991), Rare medical books: a summer miscellany (1993), 19th & 20th century science, medicine and natural history (1994), Science and medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries (Summer 2002), Printing and the mind of man (2003), Dentistry and oral surgery (2003).

Libraire La 42e Ligne, Paris, Médecine et chirurgie au XIXe siècle (1996), Médecine (2007), Cerveau, neurosciences, psychiatrie, psychanalyse, philosophie de l’esprit (200?).

Bruce J. Ramer, Experimenta Old & Rare Books, New York City, Cat. 3 (1986), 5 (1989), 6 (1989), 8 (1992)-10 (2001).

Bruce J. Ramer, Experimenta Old & Rare Books, New York City, Special lists (1997-2008).

Rittenhouse Book Store, Philadelphia, List 40 (Nov 1971)-42 (Nov 1972), 44 (Sep 1973)-83 (May 1999).

Rönnells Antikvariat, Stockholm, Sweden, Cat. 55 (1986), 60 (1988).

Scientia Books in Science & Medicine, Arlington, Mass., Cat. 8 (1985?), 12 (1986?), 13 (1987), 28 (1994?), 29 (1995), 31 (ca. 1995)-39 (ca. 1998-9), 41 (1999), 43 (2000)-46 (2002), 48 (2003)-50 (2004), 52 (2005)-current.

Scientia Books in Science & Medicine, Arlington, Mass., Cat. G-M (199?), Special antiquarian medical book list for libraries only (2007).

Antiquariat Franz Siegle, Rauenberg, Germany, Kat. 12 (1989), 15 (1991), 17 (1992), 23 (1993), 24 (1994), 26 (1995), 29 (1996?), 31 (1997)-33 (1998), 35 (1999), 37 (2000)-39 (2001), 41 (2002)-43 (2004?), 46 (2005), 47 (2006).

David & Lynn Smith, Kenley, Surrey, England, Book list 3 (1997)-8 (ca. 2001-02), 11 (2005?).

Sotheby’s, New York City, The celebrated reference library of H.P. Kraus (auction 18-20 Nov 2003), The inventory of H.P. Kraus (auction 4-5 Dec 2003).

Swann Galleries, New York City, Sale no. 875 (16 Mar 1972), 962 (27 Sep 1974), 1040 (28 Oct 1976), 1086 (12 Jan 1977), 1073 (15 Sep 1977), 1132 (1 Mar 1979), 1137 (5 Apr 1979), 1139 (26 Apr 1979), 1152 (13 Sep 1979), 1157 (18 Oct 1979), 1159 (1 Nov 1979), 1163 (6 Dec 1979), 1168 (24 Jan 1980), 1176 (27 Mar 1980), 1192 (18 Sep 1980), 1232 (1 Oct 1981), 1235 (29 Oct 1981), 1250 (11 Mar 1982), 1267 (9 Sep 1982), 1309 (6 Oct 1983), 1384 (7 Nov 1985), 1466 (14 Apr 1988), 1470 (19 May 1988), 1478 (20 Oct 1988), 1498 (4 May 1989), 1511 (2 Nov 1989), 1531 (17 May 1990), 1559 (25 Apr 1991), 1593 (14 May 1992), 1649 (10 Feb 1994), 1672 (27 Oct 1994), 1725 (16 May 1996), 1752 (20 Mar 1997), 1805 (5 Nov 1998), 1837 (21 Oct 1999), 1858 (4 May 2000), 1873 (19 Oct 2000), 1899 (24 May 2001), 1908 (11 Oct 2001).

Librairie Thomas-Scheler, Paris, France, Nouv. ser., cat. 13, pt. 1-2 (1989)-16 (2001), 18 (2005)-20 (2010).

Librairie Thomas-Scheler, Paris, France, Quelques livres choisis pour le Grand Palais, 2007, 2011; List of the books exhibited at the New York Antiquarian Bookfair (2009), List of the books exhibited at the 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair (2011).

Librairie Thomas-Scheler, Paris, France, Éditions collectives (1990), 50 textes du XVIe au XXe siècle décrits dans le catalogue de l’exposition En Français dans le texte (1990), Lavoisier 1743-1794 (1994), Cents livres pour un centenaire 1901-2001 (2001), Impressions d’Italie (2003).

Trotting Hill Park Books Antiquarian Booksellers, Springfield, Mass., Cat. 1 (1986), 3 (1988)-11 (1997).

William Patrick Watson Antiquarian Books, London, Cat. 1 (1990)-current.

William Patrick Watson Antiquarian Books, London, Medicina et anatomia (1991), Plants and gardens (1994), A list of books exhibited at the 30th California International Book Fair, San Francisco (1997).

Jeff Weber Rare Books, Glendale, California, Cat. 9 (1990), 14 (1991), 20 (1992), 22, 25 (1993), 28, 29 (1994), 31, 32, 36 (1995), 37, 39, 40, 42, 44 (1996), 46, 48, 49, 51, 54 (1997), 58, 60, 62, 64 (1998), 67, 68, 69, 72, 73 (1999), 75, 76, 78, 79 (2000), 82, 86 (2001), 93 (2002), 105 (2003), 114 (2004), 126 (Winter 2005-6), 131, 133 (2006), 138 (2007), 144, 146, 148 (2008), 152, 157 (2009), 160. 162 (2010), 166 (2011).

Paul Woodbury Weld Bookseller, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., Cat. 2 (1991), 4 (1992), 5 (1993), 7 (1994), 9 (1995), 12 (1996), 13 (1997), 15 (1999).

Wentworth & Leggett Rare Books, Durham, N.C., Cat. 11 (1994), 12 (1995).

David White, Bassingbourn, Royston, Herts., England, Cat. 91 (1991), 92 (1992), [another ser.] 6 (1994)-16 (2007).

Wiener Antiquariat Ingo Nebehay, Vienna, Austria, Exportliste 107. Die Wiener medizinische Schule (1994).

Xerxes Fine and Rare Books and Documents, Glen Head, N.Y., Cat. 18 (1986), 24 (1989), 32 (1991), 36 (1993), 52 (1995).

Ylem Books and Periodicals, Whitestone, N.Y., Cat. 11 (1997), 12 (1998).

Zeitlin & Verbrugge Booksellers, Los Angeles, California, Cat. 288 (1986), 281 (1985), 296 (1987). [See also Swann Galleries auction catalog no. 1466, 14 Apr 1988.]

 

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