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  1. 116633

    Die Zukunft einer Illusion.

    First edition, first impression. The English translation, The Future of an Illusion, was published the following year. The International Pyschoanalytic Publishing House, founded in 1919, published several hundred works on medical and applied psychoanalysis during its 20-year history; many of these - Freud's text included - have become key contributors to the development of psychiatry and psychoanalytical literature. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: Leipzig

    Stock Code: 116633

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  2. 116545

    The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.

    First edition, first impression, of the author's "pocket book" (Preface) chiefly intended for makers and users of gyrocompasses. A second edition was published in the US in 1944. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116545

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  3. 116530comp
    signed

    The Plant-Magic Man.

    First edition in book form, signed limited issue. Number 197 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the author on the colophon, and handbound by Earle Grey for the publisher. This is the fifth book in the Yes! Capra Chapbook Series, edited by Robert Durand and Noel Young. Durrell's essay first appeared in the Paris Edition of the New York Herald Tribune and Midi Libre. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: Santa Barbara

    Stock Code: 116530

    Signed: Yes

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  4. 116512

    The Self and Its Brain.

    With 66 Figures.
    First edition, first impression. The Self and Its Brain was the result of a long collaboration between the distinguished historian of science, Karl Popper, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist John C. Eccles, who sought to develop a philosophy of the mind that would take into account both philosophical ideas of the self and new scientific discoveries about how the brain works. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116512

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  5. 116503

    The Field of Disease

    A Book of Preventive Medicine
    First edition. Richardson was best-known for his research into anaesthetics and for his involvement in public health and the sanitary movement. He founded and edited the first journal dedicated to public health, the Journal of Public Health and Sanitary Review, in 1855, and wrote prolifically on health, but also plays, biographies, poems, songs, and "even a romantic novel, The Son of a Star (3 vols. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1883

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116503

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    Camera, Take the Stand!

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed "To A. G. Corley - Who can transmit congeniality & friendship at all times - A. J. Ezickson". "Modern crime fighters have discovered science to be their firmest ally... This book tells the story of that little magic black box and the part it plays in fighting the criminal" (Preface). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116419

    Signed: Yes

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  7. 116384

    The Theory of Relativity.

    The Special the General Theory, a Popular Exposition. Authorised Translation by Robert W. Lawson, with Five Diagrams and a Portrait of the Author.
    First edition in English, translated from the third German edition (1918) by Robert W. Lawson. This is the first appearance of any of Einstein’s works in English. It contains an additional chapter (Appendix III) written by Einstein for this edition, "The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity". Relativity: The Special & the General Theory is an account intended to be accessible to the general public, which Einstein tested by reading drafts to his step-daughter Margot, "pausing frequently to ask whether she indeed got it" (Isaacson, p. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116384

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    The Prof.

    A Personal Memoir of Lord Cherwell.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Robert [Blake] from Roy, 4.ix.59". Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116139

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology

    Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology

    of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World. Under the Command of Capt. Fitz Roy. Tenth Thousand.
    Second edition, and the final definitive text. The Journal of Researches was first published as volume III of Fitzroy's Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle in 1839, and also issued as an independent volume at the same time. The second edition, extensively revised and reduced from about 224,000 words to 213,000, was first published in 1845 in the scarlet cloth of John Murray's Colonial and Home Library. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1860

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116126

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    Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle,

    between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe.

    First edition, first issue of the Darwin volume, Journal and Remarks 1832–1836, printed before the end of January 1839, the month he was elected to the Royal Society, and so without the letters F.R.S. after his name on the second title. Vol. I contains King's account of the expedition in the Adventure made between 1826 and 1830, surveying the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Learn More

    £45,000

    Date of Publication: 1839

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116016

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  11. 116000

    Istoria ragionata de' mali osservati in Napoli nell'intero corso dell'anno 1764;

    [together with] — Del contagio del vajuolo, e della necessità di tentarne lestirpazione. Tomo I [all published].
    First editions of both works. In the first work, dedicated to the Neapolitan regent Bernardo Tanucci, the Italian physician Michele Sarcone (1731–1797) describes the devastating gastrointestinal fever that struck Naples in 1764, the grim climax to several years of famine. Sarcone was a firm believer in autopsy to help diagnose the nature of such plagues. Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1765 & 1770

    Published: Naples

    Stock Code: 116000

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  12. The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    With Twenty-nine Plates, containing One Hundred and Seventy Figures of Plants Carefully Drawn and Beautifully Coloured, by James Andrews.
    Ninth edition, first published in 1836 with just 12 plates, this appears to be the edition with the largest number of plates. All of these early, self-published editions are uncommon, Copac offering just 5 locations for editoons between 1839 - "sixth thousand" - and 1842. In his preface Tyas (1811-79) admits his indebtedness to Charlotte de Latour's Le Langage des Fleurs, which was translated by Frederic Shoberl in 1834, becoming the "first really popular English flower book" (Seaton, The Language of Flowers: A History, p. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1842

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115930

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  13. Flowers and Flower Lore.

    Flowers and Flower Lore.

    First edition. "Friend's Flowers and Flower Lore (1883) appears to be the most often reprinted of the flower folklores. It is also probably the best, in that Friend seems the closest to modern scholarship - which does not mean that his work is not popular and sentimental" (Beverly Seaton, The Language of Flowers: A History, 1995, p. 30). Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1883

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115832

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  14. British Fresh-Water Fishes.

    British Fresh-Water Fishes.

    First edition of this "classic and beautifully illustrated" work (Everard and Knight, Britain's Game Fishes, online), "even more lavishly illustrated [than Houghton's previous titles]. Full-page coloured plates of each species were included, as well as a landscape scene in black and white of a freshwater location where the fish could be found. Each section of the book discussed where the fish thrived in Britain, its size, its colour, and whether or not it was edible, and if so, how, it tasted … In a delicate balancing act, Houghton avoided ‘God-talk' as well as any discussion of evolutionary theory … He also deferred to professional scientists in order to bolster his own authority" (Lightman, Victorian Popularizers of Science, pp. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: [1879]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115760

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    Le Règne Animal

    distribué d’après son organisation, pour servir de base a l’histoire naturelle des animaux et d’introduction a l’anatomie comparée. Avec Figures, dessinées d’après nature. Tome I, contenant L’introduction, les mammifères et les oiseaux. Tome II, contenant les reptiles, les poissons, es mollusques et les annélides. Tome III, contenant les crustacés, les arachnides et les insectes, Par M. Latreille. Tome IV, contenant les zoophytes, les tables, et les planches.
    First edition, with all four half titles present, and the 15 engraved plates by Laurillard. This is the seminal work of natural history by the recognised father of comparative anatomy, applying the Linnaean system of classification to the whole animal kingdom, and establishing the four classes, vertebrata, mollusca, articulata and radiata. This four volume first edition is the one cited in Printing and the Mind of Man, "In contradiction to the current view that the structure of an animal determined its functions and habits Cuvier held that an animal's structure was due to its function and habits. Learn More
    £1,350

    Date of Publication: 1817

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115758

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  16. Wild Chorus.
    signed

    Wild Chorus.

    First and limited edition, number 386 of 1,250 copies signed by Scott. A particularly attractive copy of the sumptuously produced limited edition. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1938

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115704

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte und Beurtheilung der Beweise derer sich Herr von Leibnitz und andere Mechaniker in dieser Streitsache bedienet haben, nebst einigen vorhergehenden Betrachtungen welche die Kraft der Körper überhaupt

    Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte und Beurtheilung der Beweise derer sich Herr von Leibnitz und andere Mechaniker in dieser Streitsache bedienet haben, nebst einigen vorhergehenden Betrachtungen welche die Kraft der Körper überhaupt

    Very rare first edition of Kant's first book. "In his early years Kant pondered the nature of space and time first from the point of view of Leibniz and then of Newton, but eventually he found both positions unsatisfactory. In his Thoughts on the true estimation of Living Forces [the present work] he took Leibniz's view and tried to explain the nature of space by means of the forces of unextended substances (monads) that cause such substances to interact. Learn More
    £22,500

    Date of Publication: 1746 [recte 1749].

    Published: Königsberg:

    Stock Code: 115611

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  18. The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere.

    The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere.

    The Heavens without a Telescope, the only Practical Combination, Star, Planet, and Sun and Moon Map … [together with;] Planet Tables, Moon Phases and the Sun’s Daily Position; [&] Star Explorer, Revised Edition [planisphere].
    A beautifully preserved example of the Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder in its original plain card mailing box, a superb, complex Edwardian planisphere. This device was developed originally in 1906 by Garrett P. Serviss (1851-1929), an American astronomer and early science fiction writer - his first book Edison's Conquest of Mars was commissioned as a sequel to the Boston Post's Fighters of Mars, a plagiaristic take on Wells's War of the Worlds, but became influential in its own right - who teamed up with Leon Barritt (1852-1938), a highly-regarded political cartoonist, and amateur astronomer who founded the long-lived astronomical journal Monthly Evening Sky Map after paralysis of the right hand had robbed him of his ability to draw. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: c.1906; 1947, 1955

    Published: New York & Brooklyn, NY

    Stock Code: 115607

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  19. The Birds of the British Islands.

    The Birds of the British Islands.

    First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) "was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital... [and] was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital". The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as "much-overlooked but brilliant". "With a privileged upbringing, educated at home by a governess, the adventurous young Lilian also had the opportunity to walk in Scotland and travel abroad, enjoying mountain climbing, skiing and skating in Switzerland and Austria, and sketching wherever she happened to be. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1906-11

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115567

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  20. The Foundations of Geometry. Authorised Translation by E. J. Townsend, PH. D. University of Illinois.

    The Foundations of Geometry. Authorised Translation by E. J. Townsend, PH. D. University of Illinois.

    Front cover with dampmark, contents unaffected; very short tear to initial leaf with publishers advertisment; a very good copy.
    First edition in English, the UK issue, co-published with The Open Court Publishing Company of Chicago, of one of the most influential mathematics publications of the 20th century. Hilbert's classical investigation of the logical foundations of geometry was first published in German in 1899. Until this publication, all geometry, including such recent and sophisticated developments as hyperbolic and elliptic geometry, implied an intuitive idea of the concepts ‘point', ‘line', ‘plane', ‘between', ‘lies on' etc. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115519

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