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  1. 116419comp
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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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  2. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:

    A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:

    wherein contained, many useful and valuable experiments and observations in the new husbandry, collected during a series of years, also, the most approved practice of the best English farmers, in the old method of husbandry. With copper-plates of several new and useful instruments.
    First edition in English. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, "which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work of Duhamel du Monceau. See Weulersse, Mouvement physiocratique, 1:29–30, 108–11" (Amy S. Wyngaard, From Savage to Citizen: The Invention of the Peasant in the French Enlightenment, 2004, p. 210). The first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise was published in France in 1750, as Traité de la culture des terres, five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1759

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114569

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  3. Nouvelle construction de chemines,

    Nouvelle construction de chemines,

    qui garantit du feu, et de la fumée à l’épreuve des vents, du soleil, de la pluie, et des autres causes qui font fumer les cheminées ordinaires. Avec le jugement de l’Académie Royale des Sciences de Paris sur cette nouvelle construction.
    Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in Belgium "at the start of his own Grand Tour"). Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1760

    Published: Li

    Stock Code: 113696

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  4. Modern Power Generators, Steam, Electric, and Internal Combustion,

    Modern Power Generators, Steam, Electric, and Internal Combustion,

    and their Application to Present-day Requirements. With many Diagrams and Pictorial Illustrations and a Series of Composite Sectional Models.
    First edition of this spectacularly illustrated set relating to the industrial developments of the late 19th to early 20th centuries, focusing on the production of steam, electric, and gas power. Includes sections on steam generators, steam engines, steam locomotives, which include overlay "models" of a Babcock & Wilcox Water-tube boiler, Steam Engine, Steam Turbine, Locomotive, and Westinghouse Quick-Acting Compressed-Air Brake; as well as covering electrical motors, and gas engines, accompanied by plates of a Continuous Current motor, Squirrel Cage Three-phase Induction motor, Otto gas engine, Priestman Oil Engine, Diesel engine, and an Automobile, the final section being concerned with steam and electric cars. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112338

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  5. A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads,

    A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads,

    and interior communications in general; with original experiments, and tables of the comparative value of canals and rail-roads.
    First edition of this foundation work on railways, scarce in the original boards and in such exemplary condition. Nicholas Wood (1795-1865) was a civil and mining engineer who was a colliery manager at Killingworth, Northumberland, when his book was published, which coincided with the opening of the Stockton and Darlington railway. "George Stephenson was also at Killingworth at that time. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1825

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111980

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  6. My Life and Work.

    My Life and Work.

    First US edition, first printing, and a superb copy in the scarce jacket, of this autobiographical memoir of Henry Ford. An edition was published in London by Heinemann in the same year. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 111425

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  7. i1

    Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l’agriculture et à la guerre;

    ouvrage orné de 120 planches.
    First edition. Described on the title as "Ingénieur-Mécanicien du Roi", Berthelot (1718-1800) rose from humble origins to the professorship of mathematics in the Military School in Paris, where in 1763 he invented a famous gun carriage for use in coastal artillery, though the invention was generally credited to Gribeauval who was largely responsible for its adoption. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1782

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 108958

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  8. IG Farben.

    IG Farben.

    First edition, first printing. A history of the German chemical conglomerate which was co-opted by the Nazi regime to become the driving industrial force behind the war effort. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1947

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107459

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  9. Port of Manchester: Centre of Petroleum Importation & Distribution.

    Port of Manchester: Centre of Petroleum Importation & Distribution.

    First edition, first impression, very scarce: Copac locates only one copy (LSE) in British and Irish institutional libraries, not in OCLC. An attractively produced promotional brochure, with an eye-catching art deco cover. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: [1933]

    Published: Manchester

    Stock Code: 105274

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  10. Platinum Metals Exhibition.

    Platinum Metals Exhibition.

    First and only edition, first impression. Published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the announcement of the discovery of palladium by William Hyde Wollaston in 1803 and the Platinum Metals Exhibition held in London.Scarce: Copac lists just four copies (British Library, Wellcome Library, Royal Society, Manchester University) to which OCLC adds five copies worldwide. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104506

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  11. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Edited and completed by Arthur W. Burks.
    First edition, first printing of Neumann's last work on the theory of automata. Published posthumously, the contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, Neumann's colleague on the ENIAC project. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial and natural automata, as well as the logical design of a self-reproducing cellular automaton. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: Urbana

    Stock Code: 103470

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  12. Picture Ribbons.

    Picture Ribbons.

    An Exposition of the Methods and Apparatus Employed in the Manufacture of the Picture Ribbons used in Projecting Lanterns to Give the Appearance of Objects in Motion.
    First edition of the author's book on chronophotography and proto-film reels. Charles Francis Jenkins (1867-1934) was a prolific inventor (over 400 patents were issued to his name) and an important pioneer of cinema and television. He devised a "motion picture projecting box", which, on 6 June 1894, became the first apparatus to project a film in front of an audience, an event which took place at Jenkins's cousin's jewellery shop in Richmond, Virginia. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: Washington DC

    Stock Code: 102230

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  13. The New Vision: The Locomotive (its esthetics).
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    The New Vision: The Locomotive (its esthetics).

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Mr. Edward Budd Jr., very sincerely, Raymond Loewy. April 1937." A superb association of the author's first book, a presentation from Loewy, the "Father of Streamlining", to the man whose company built the legendary Burlington Zephyr in 1934, generally regarded as the first successful streamliner on American railroads. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 98166

    Signed: Yes

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  14. The Art of Computer Programming.

    The Art of Computer Programming.

    Volume 1 / Fundamental Algorithms.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the leaf facing the title page, "Best wishes! Don Knuth", and with the ownership inscription at the head of the title of the noted American mathematician Lynn Harold Loomis (1915-1994). Loomis was a professor at Harvard from 1949. Together with Hassler Whitney, he discovered the Loomis-Whitney inequality. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: Reading, MA; Menlo Park, CA; London; Don Mills, Ontario

    Stock Code: 97990

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  15. On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners;

    On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners;

    with some Researches on Flame.
    First edition. A collection of Davy's researches into combustion for the design of his miner's safety lamp, with a detailed fold-out diagram of his invention. An icon of the industrial revolution, the need for a safety lamp for miners was born out of a series of explosions in coal mines, due to pockets of flammable gas known as firedamp. After some experimentation in the autumn of 1815, Davy created a prototype. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1818

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 95704

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  16. Science economique des manufactures.

    Science economique des manufactures.

    Traduit De L’Anglais De Ch. Babbage, sur la troisiéme edition, par M. Isoard, Ancien chef de division au Ministère du Commerce.
    First edition of Isoard's French translation of On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures - Babbage's most successful lifetime publication, selling 3,000 copies. Prompted by the demands for precision in the construction of his first calculating engine, Babbage had made a conscientious and detailed survey of factories and workshops both in England and Europe. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1834

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 93461

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  17. A collection of notebooks, offprints, and books from the estate of Max Newman.
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    A collection of notebooks, offprints, and books from the estate of Max Newman.

    Max Newman (1897-1984) was one of the most significant British mathematicians of his generation and a leading pioneer in modern computer science. After early pioneering work on combinatory (or geometric) topology, logic and Boolean algebras, he was elected FRS in 1939. During the Second World War, in 1942, he joined the government code and cypher school at Bletchley Park. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1928

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    Stock Code: 92270

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Edited and completed by Arthur W. Burks.
    First edition, first printing. The contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, and present Neumann's final conception of the theory of automata. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial and natural automata, as well as the logical design of a self-reproducing cellular automaton. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: Urbana

    Stock Code: 91541

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  19. When the Wheels Revolve.

    When the Wheels Revolve.

    By the Technical Data Department, General Motors Research Laboratories Division.
    An attractively designed General Motors brochure which explains for a general readership how automobiles work, with numerous diagrams and illustrations. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1944

    Published: Detroit, Michigan

    Stock Code: 88968

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  20. Electron Optics and the Electron Microscope.

    Electron Optics and the Electron Microscope.

    First edition, first printing of the first comprehensive text on electron microscopes by the team that developed the first commercially viable model. A very attractive copy and rare in the dust jacket. Though the concept of the electron microscope had been developed during the 1920s, researchers faced a number of difficulties in creating a machine that was both practical and powerful. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 88476

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