About Alembic Rare Books

We specialise in rare science books dating from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century, including first editions, signed copies, manuscripts, objects, and ephemera. We have particular expertise in natural history, genetics and evolution, anatomy, nuclear physics and the Manhattan Project, early computing, and women in science. We also carry books related to women's history and literature.

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The Extinct Volcanoes of the Rhine Valley: An Early Geological Account

December 18, 2019

This fantastic, hand-coloured map is from the first and only edition of a rare book on how volcanoes shaped the Rhine Valley, Samuel Hibbert Ware's History of the Extinct Volcanoes of the Basin of Neuwied on the Lower Rhine, published in 1832.

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