Welcome to The Antiquarian Scientist

Rare books in science, medicine, and technology since 1976

The ANTIQUARIAN SCIENTIST, established in 1976, specializes in rare books in science, medicine, and technology. In addition, we offer antique scientific instruments, and appraisals and collection development in these specialty areas.

Thus far we have published forty-two illustrated and annotated catalogues.

For twenty-five years we co-published the print journal Rittenhouse devoted to the history of the scientific instrument enterprise in America. We are members of SNEAB (Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers) and a number of professional societies relating to books, instruments, and the history of science and medicine. It has always been our policy to provide to our clients professional quality services.

Our Latest Catalogue

We are pleased to offer the latest edition of our 148-page catalogue for you to view, download, and print.


From September 1, 2006 to Sept. 30, 2007, the MIT Museum, and from April 30 to September 12, 2009 the Linda Hall Library (Kansas City), showcased the exquisite beauty of the simple microscope, the portable single-lens instruments that rose to prominence in the 17th century with the epochal work of Leeuwenhoek. The most comprehensive exhibition of the instrument by an American museum and library, it featured 127 simple microscopes from the private collection of Raymond V. Giordano. A very useful, descriptive catalogue, which includes historical background and bibliographic data, is illustrated with over 120 full color photographs, Spartan Giordano, photographer. Singular Beauty is printed on 64 pages of high quality paper in an 8 x 8 inch format. The catalogue contains introductions by Deborah G. Douglas, Curator of Science and Technology at the MIT Museum, and by Raymond V. Giordano, and an essay on the subject by the noted scholar of scientific instruments, Anthony J. Turner. The collection is now owned by the Confluence Museum in Lyon (France) see: http://www.museedesconfluences.fr/fr/ressources/collection-giordano New copies are available from The Antiquarian Scientist: $25 plus domestic postage (Priority Mail), $6.50; foreign postage, $22.50.

In 2012, The Discoverers’ Lens, a sumptuous folio of the Singular Beauty collection with many additional detailed photographs and up-dated text, was published by Colonial Science Press. Contact them for complete details: http://www.classicalsciencepress.com/books/The-Discovers-Lens-Raymond-Giordano.html

RITTENHOUSE – Journal of the American Scientific Enterprise. Published from 1986 to 2009. New. Last COMPLETE RUN from the co-publisher of the print journal (now an e-journal) edited by Deborah Jean Warner, Randall Brooks, and Steven C. Turner. Twenty-three volumes, seventy issues, copiously illustrated. Covers all forms of American scientific instruments and their makers. $850 + carriage.

Browse a selection of our inventory on ABE (Advanced Book Exchange):  www.abebooks.com

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(Raymond V. Giordano)
Rare Science, Technology & Medical Books
& Antique Scientific Instruments Since 1976
P.O. Box 448
Southampton, MA 01073 USA
(413) 529-2731