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17th-Century Instruments ofMass Destruction & MAYHEM
Fernández de Medrano, Sebastián.  El perfecto artificial, bombardero y artillero, que contiene los artificios de fuegos marciales, nuevo uzo de bombas, granadas, y practica de la artilleria, y mosquete, &c. Brusselas: En casa de Lamberto Marchant, 1699. Small 8vo (15.5 cm; 6.125"). [8] ff., 66 [i.e., 196] pp., [2] ff. (index), 9 fold. plates.
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The COOLEST Discoveries & Inventions
(French Boarding House Library Book).   Les découvertes les plus utiles et les plus célèbres: Agriculture - Navigation - Boussole - Ecriture - Papier - Imprimerie - Télégraphe - Poudre à canon - Paratonnerre - Verre - Lunettes - Téléscope - Microscope - Musique - Orgure - Peinture - Sculpture...Aérostats... Lille: L. Lefort, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1854. 8vo. [3 (1 blank)], frontis., [2], 5–190 pp., [1 (blank)] f.
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Polenta before It Was Made withTurkey Wheat”
& Woodcuts from theMoretus Press
Gerard, John.  The herball, or, General historie of plantes. London: Printed by Adam Islip, Joice Norton & Richard Whitakers, 1636. Large folio (35.5 cm; 14"). [19 of 20] ff., 1630 [i.e., 1634] pp., [24 of 25] ff. (without the initial and final blank leaves).
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A Very Broad Range of Natural History & Philosophy,
in(Just) Two Volumes
Good, John Mason.  The book of nature. Boston: Wells & Lilly, 1826. 8vo (22.9 cm, 9"). 2 vols. I: xii, 435, [1] pp. II: [4], 443, [1] pp.
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Expanding the Imagination & Bringing Science to the Masses
Heinlein, Robert; Urusula LeGuin; Isaac Asimov; Harry Harrison; & many others.  Large collection of science fiction & fantasy. Various places: Various publishers, ca. 1952–2000. 12mos. Approx. 500 vols. (some dupes).
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Making America'sDrawbridges BETTER
Herschel, Clemens.  Continuous, revolving drawbridges: the principles of their construction and the calculation of the strains in them. With more especial reference to the designing of continuous panel girders of this description. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1875. 8vo (24 cm; 8.5"). 54 pp., x leaves of plates (9 fold.). Illus.
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“A Remarkable[Climate/Environmental] Phenomenon
Hitchcock, Edward.  The coronation of winter: A discourse delivered at Amherst College and Mount Holyoke Seminary, soon after a remarkable glacial phenomenon, in the winter of 1845. Amherst: J.S. & C. Adams, Prs, 1845. 8vo. 24 pp.
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An Enlightening German VolksbuchHeavily Illustrated
Honorius Augustodunensis, commonly known as Honorius of Autun.   M. Elucidarius. Von allerhand Geschöpffen Gottes, den Engeln, den himmeln Gestirn, Planeten, und wie alle Creaturen geschaffen seind auff Erden. Franckfort am Mayn: Christ[ian] Egen[olffs] Erden [colophon: Adam Loniceri, Johannis Cnipii, Andronici secundi doctorum & Pauli Steinmeyers], 1584. 4to (19 cm, 7.5"). [98] pp.; 2 double-sided plts., illus.
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ToAmputate or Not?
Hooper, Robert.  The surgeon's vade-mecum: containing the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of surgical diseases. Accompanied by the modern and approved methods of operating, select formulae of prescriptions, Latin and English, and a glossary of terms. Albany: Pub. & sold by E.F. Backus...; E. & E. Hosford, printers, © 1813. 12mo. xviii, 275, [1 (blank)] pp., [5] ff.
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Kinsey, Alfred. C.; Wardell B. Pomeroy; & Clyde E. Martin.  Sexual behavior in the human male. Philadelphia & London: W. B. Saunders Co., 1948. 8vo. xv, [1], 804 pp.

Anti-Lamarckian Natural Theology Illustrated
Kirby, William.  On the power, wisdom and goodness of God, as manifested in the creation of animals, and in their history, habits and instincts. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1836. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.8"). lxxii, 519, [1], [4 (adv.)] pp.; 20 plts.
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At Least It'sNOT Eye of Newt
Langham, William.  The garden of health: containing the sundry rare and hidden vertues and properties of all kindes of simples and plants. Together with the manner how they are to bee used and applyed in medicine for the health of mans body, against divers diseases and infirmities most common amongst men. London: Printed by Thomas Harper, 1633. 4to in 8s (19 cm; 7.5"). [4] ff., 702 pp., [33] ff.
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The Secret Is in Their EyesFive Volumes as Here BoundHundreds of Engravings
Including the work of Fuseli & Blake
Lavater, John Caspar.  Essays on physiognomy, designed to promote the knowledge and the love of mankind ... illustrated by more than eight hundred engravings accurately copied; and some duplicates added from originals. London: Printed for John Murray, No. 32, Fleet-Street; H. Hunter, D.D. Charles's-Square; and T. Holloway, No. 11, Bache's-Row, Hoxton, 1789–98. 4to in 2's (34.1 cm, 13.4"). 3 vols. in 5. I: [11] ff., iv, [10], 281 pp. (i.e., 285); 15 plates. II, part 1: xii, 238 pp.; 45 plates. II, part 2: [3] ff., pp. [239]–444; 47 plates. III, pt. 1: xii, 252 pp.; 25 plates. III, pt. 2: [3] ff., pp. 253-437 (i.e., 181 pp.), [9] pp.; 42 plates.
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L’homme fossile en Europe”
Le Hon, Henri Sébastien.  L’homme fossile en Europe son industrie, ses moeurs, ses oeuvres d’art ... cinquième édition avec une notice biographique .... Paris: J. Baudry, 1878. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.9"). Frontis., viii, 487, [1] pp.; 3 plts.

León y Gama, Antonio de.  Disertación física sobre la materia y formación de las auroras boreales, que con ocasión de la que apareció en México y otros lugares de la Nueva España el día 14 de noviembre de 1789. Mexico: Felipe de Zúñiga y Ontiveros, 1790. Small 4to (20 cm; 7.875"). [1] f., 37, [1 (blank]) pp., engr. plt.
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Interesting Reading & Interesting Illustration
Long, George.  The British Museum: Egyptian antiquities.  London: Charles Knight, 1832–36. 12mo. 2 vols. I: viii, 399, [1 (errata)] pp., [1 (ads)] f. II: viii, 488 pp.
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An Information-Packed AlmanacWith a Printing of The Definitive Treaty”
Low, Nathanael.  A pocket almanack for the year of our Lord 1785. Being the first after leap year, and the ninth of American independence. Calculated for the use of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, in latitude 42. 30. north. Longitude 69. 23. w. from London. Boston: Printed & sold by T. & J. Fleet, [1784]. 12mo (14.5 cm, 5.75"). [12] ff., 84 pp.
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TO Part III . . .