Below is a small selection of items from our Rare Books and Special Collections. Included are materials from authors such as Hippocrates, Aristotle, Claudius Ptolemy, Euclid, Saint Albert Magnus, Sir Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Evangelista Torricelli, Robert Boyle, Sir Isaac Newton, Daniel Bernoulli, Benjamin Franklin, Guiseppe Toaldo, and Michael Faraday. Within the NOAA Central Library's Rare Book Collection, titles date from 1400 through the late 1800s. The library currently holds 2 incunabula and over 500 titles. Rare and special collection materials do not circulate, but patrons are able to view and use materials within the library. For a tour of our rare book and special collection room please contact the library reference staff.

 

[Prognostica Latin. 1485] 
Opusculum repertorii prognosticon mutationes aeris tam via astrologica...  (PDF, 5.2 MB)
Venice: Impressus est arte ac diligentia mira Erhardi Ratdolt...

Collection of 7 Aristotelian tracts (Weather Bureau Library, December 15, 1910)

1. [Meteorologica. Latin. 1558] 
Aristotelis Meteorologicorum libro quatuor...  (PDF, 9 MB)
Paris: Ex typograhia Thomu Richardi... 
2. [De anima. Latin. 1560] 
Aristotelis De animo libri III...  (PDF, 6.4 MB)
Paris: Apud Thomam Brumennium... 
3. [De caelo. Latin. 1560] 
Aristotelis De culo libri IIII... (PDF, 36 MB) 
Paris: Ex officina Gabrielis Buon 
4. [De generatione et corruptione. Latin. 1560] 
Aristotelis De ortu & interitu libri duo...  (16 MB)
Paris: Ex officina Gabrielis Buon 
5. [De mundo. Latin. 1560] 
Aristotelis Liber de mundo...  (PDF, 8.7 MB)
Paris: Ex officina Gabrielis Buon
6. [Parva naturalia. Latin. 1560] 
Aristotelis Libelli, qui parva naturalia...  (PDF, 6.9 MB)
Paris: Ex officina Gabrielis Buon
7. [Physics. Latin. 1560] 
Aristotlis De natura, aut, De rerum principiis lib. VIII (PDF, 59 MB) 
Paris: Ex officina Gabrielis Buon

8. Cabeo, Niccolao, 1586-1650 
Nicolai Cabei Ferrariensis Societatis Iesu In quatuor libros meteorologicorum Aristotelis commentaria, et quastiones... Rome: Typis huredum Francisci Corbelletti 
4 volumes (Weather Bureau Library: August 14, 1933)
Volume 1 (PDF, 54M) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 39M) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 32M) 
Volume 4 (PDF, 48M)

9. [Meteorologica] 
Aristotelous Meteorologika... Libri IV 
Leipsig: F.C.G. Vogelii 
2 volumes
Volume 1 (PDF, 34 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF 30 MB) 

10. [Meteorologica. French] 
Meteorologie d'Aristote: traduite en Francais (PDF, 20 MB)
Paris: A. Durand

11. [In Aristotelis Meteoroloicorum libros commentaria] 
On Asistotle's Meteorology (PDF, 14 MB) 
Berolini: G. Reimeri 

1. [Almagest. Latin] 
Claudii Ptolemaei Pheludienses Alexandrini Almagestum (PDF, 26 MB) 
Venice: Calcographica Luceantonii

2. [Syntaxis. Greek] 
Kl. Ptolemaiou Megalaes suntaxeos bibl., lib. XIII (PDF, 69 MB)
Basil: Apud Ioannem Valderum

3. [Almagest. French and Greek] 
Klaudiou Ptolemaiou Mathematikae syntaxis... (PDF, 38 MB)
Paris: H. Grand

[De meteoris. Latin. 1494] 
Liber Methaurorum (PDF, 19 MB) 
Venice: Impressi Johanem et Gregorium de Gregoriis fratres


[Works. 1825] 
The works of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England 
London: W. Pickering 
16 volumes IN 17 parts
Volume 1 (PDF, 16 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 18 MB) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 18 MB) 
Volume 4 (PDF, 18 MB) 
Volume 5 (PDF, 17 MB) 
Volume 6 (PDF, 15 MB) 
Volume 7 (PDF, 16 MB) 
Volume 8 (PDF, 15 MB) 
Volume 9 (PDF, 16 MB) 
Volume 10 (PDF, 16 MB) 
Volume 11 (PDF, 16 MB) 
Volume 12 (PDF, 20 MB) 
Volume 13 (PDF, 21 MB) 
Volume 14 (PDF, 21 MB) 
Volume 15 (PDF, 18 MB) 
Volume 16 pt.1 (PDF, 16 MB) 
Volume 16 pt.2 (PDF, 17 MB)

1. Tabulae Rudolphinae: quibus astronomicae scientiae... (PDF, 31 MB) 
Ulm: Typis Jonaw Saurii 

2. Joannis Kepleri astronomi opera omnia 
Frankfort: Heyder & Zimmer 
8 volumes held out of 9 for complete series
Volume 1 (PDF, 42 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 54 MB) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 44 MB) 
Volume 4 (PDF, 44 MB) 
Volume 5 (PDF, 42 MB) 
Volume 6 (PDF, 48 MB) 
Volume 7 (PDF, 50 MB) 
Volume 8 pt.1 (PDF, 75 MB)

1. New experiments and observations... (PDF, 26 MB)
London: Printed for John Crook

2. Hydrostatical paradoxes... (PDF, 9.1 MB)
Oxford: Printed by William Hall for Richard Davis 

3. The general history of the air. (PDF, 11 MB) 
London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchill

4. The works of the honourable Robert Boyle 
London: Printed for A. Millar 
5 volumes (Vol. 4 not available online)
Volume 1 (PDF, 97 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 72 MB) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 82 MB) 
Volume 5 (PDF, 98 MB)

1. [Arithmetica universalis. English] (PDF, 12 MB)
London: Printed for J. Senex

2. Opticks, or, A treatise of the reflections. (PDF, 16 MB)
London: Printed for William Innys 

3. [Principia. English] 
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds 
3 volumes 
Volume 1 (PDF, 12 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 15 MB) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 9.7 MB)

4. [Principia. 1833.] 
Glasgow: G. Brookman 
2 volumes 
Volume 1 (PDF, 39 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDf, 28 MB)

5. [Principia. English] (PDF, 32 MB)
New York: Daniel Adee 



1. Meteorological and miscellaneous tracts... (PDF, 5 MB)
Memoir and remarks by Benjamin Franklin 
Cardiff: J.D.Baird 

2. The complete works in philosophy, politics, and morals, of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin... 
London: Printed for J. Johnson 
3 volumes 
Volume 1 (PDF, 19 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 18 MB) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 20 MB)

3. Experiments and observations on electricity, made at Philadephia. (PDF, 22 MB)
London: Printed for David Henry 

4. Life of Benjamin Franklin, autobiography 
Philadelphia, Lippincott 
3 volumes 
Volume 1 (PDF, 19 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 15 MB) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 18 MB)

1. Della vera influenza degli astri... (PDF, 14 MB)
Padua: Apresso Giocomo Manfrae 

2. Della maniera di preservare gli edificj dal fulmine: informazione al (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Venice: s.n. 

3. [Della vera influenza degli astri...French] (PDF, 22 MB)
Chembery: Imprimerie M.F. Gorrin 

4. [Della vera influenza degli astri...] (PDF, 15 MB)
Padua: Tommaso Bettinelli 

5. Completa raccolta di opuscoli, osservazioni... 
Venice: Francesco Andreola 
4 volumes 
Volume 1 (PDF, 7.7 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 7.1 MB) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 7.6 MB) 
Volume 4 (PDF, 8 MB)

Experimental researches in electricity 
London: R and J. E. Taylor, 1839-55 
3 volumes 
Volume 1 (PDF, 29 MB) 
Volume 2 (PDF, 15 MB) 
Volume 3 (PDF, 35 MB)