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    Fabre's Book of Insects.

    Retold From Alexander Teuxeira De Mattos’s Translation of Fabre’s “Souvenirs Entomologiques” by Mrs. Rodolph Stawell. Illustrated by E. J. Detmold.
    1935 reprint of the 1921 edition in fine condition. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 14323

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    The History of America; … Scotland; … the Reign of the Emperor Charles V; … India.
    An assembled library set of the collected works of the historian William Robertson, in mixed editions: America, 10th ed. 1803; Scotland, 17th ed. 1806; Charles V, 11th ed. 1806; and India, 4th ed. 1804. From the library at Barnsley Park, Gloucestershire, where the library of Sir Isaac Newton was moved in 1778, though this set long postdates that event. Learn More
    £1,200

    Date of Publication: 1803

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 14956

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  3. The Quadrupeds of North America.

    The Quadrupeds of North America.

    Final edition. Having made his reputation with "The Birds of America", Audubon began an equally imposing project "The Quadrupeds of North America". Audubon travelled the entirety of North America, including British and Russian territories, the USA and parts of Mexico collecting specimens to use as models for his paintings, his ambition being to paint every North American species. Learn More
    £8,750

    Date of Publication: 1870

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    Stock Code: 20933

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  4. Micrographia:

    Micrographia:

    or some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies made by Magnifying Glasses. With Observations and Inquiries thereupon.
    First edition, first issue, of this "early landmark in microscopy, containing the first illustration of cells [plate xi]" (Horblit). Published under the aegis of the Royal Society, Hooke's observations were the first to be carried out with an improved compound microscope, and the first to describe the microscopic structure of tissue with the term "cell". Learn More
    £65,000

    Date of Publication: 1665

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 41556

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  5. The British System of Social Insurance, history and description.

    The British System of Social Insurance, history and description.

    With an introduction by the Rt. Hon. Neville Chamberlain, M.P.
    First edition, American issue from English sheets. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1932

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    Stock Code: 44738

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  6. Ploughshare and Pruning-Hook.

    Ploughshare and Pruning-Hook.

    Ten lectures on Social Subjects.
    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 44903

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  7. Land Problems and National Welfare.

    Land Problems and National Welfare.

    With an introduction by the Right Hon. Viscount Milner, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., etc.
    First edition, first impression. The author's personal copy with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1911

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    Stock Code: 45161

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  8. Mineral Resources of Georgia and Caucasia.

    Mineral Resources of Georgia and Caucasia.

    Manganese Industry of Georgia.
    First edition. Ghambashidze was a Georgian mining engineer who had been secretary of the Anglo-Russian Chamber of Commerce in London, and who, using his influential British connections, was instrumental in obtaining the recognition of an Independent Georgia at the Paris Peace Conference. He was a delegate of the short-lived Georgian Government (1918-21) and clearly wrote the present work to stimulate investment from British mining concerns; "the first summary in English of the mineral resources of Georgia and Caucasia, which countries are bound to play a very important part in developing the unlimited resources of the Middle East. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1919

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    Stock Code: 45396

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  9. The Melliand. The World's Leading Textile Journal.

    The Melliand. The World's Leading Textile Journal.

    Volume I, Nos. 1, 5, 6, 7, 11, Vol. II, No. 2.
    First editions. Each volume has an epigram, Henry Ford being a particular favourite with Herr Melliand, but most germane is the one that he contributes himself; "A Textile Business without Science is a Loom without Power." Established in 1929 under the present title and continuing in various guises to the present day, where it is available on-line as Melliand International, the authoritative source for all "the latest scientific-technical information for all branches of the textile industry. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1929

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    Stock Code: 46599

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  10. "On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbent Glands and the Spleen."

    "On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbent Glands and the Spleen."

    In: Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, published by the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London. Vol XVII.
    First printing of one of the most influential papers in the history of oncology, the paper that gained its author eponymous fame, in which he described seven cases with an unusual appearance of the lymph glands and spleen. Sir Samuel Wilks made similar observations more than 30 years later, and recalling Hodgkin's earlier paper, named the disorder Hodgkin's disease. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1832

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 47037

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  11. Thornton's Temple of Flora

    Thornton's Temple of Flora

    with Plates faithfully reproduced from the original engravings and the work described by Geoffrey Grigson with Bibliographical Notes by Handasyde Buchanan.
    Fine critical edition of Thornton's famous flower book (1799, 1804). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1951

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 47046

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  12. A Mathematical Compendium;

    A Mathematical Compendium;

    or, Useful Practices in Arithmetick, Geometry, and Astronomy, Geography and Navigation, Embattelling, and Quartering of Armies, Fortification and Gunnery, Gauging and Dyalling. Explaining the Logarithms, with new Indices; Nepair's [sic] Rods or Bones; making of Movements, and the Application of Pendulums; with the Projection of the Sphere for an Universal Dyal, &c. The Fourth Edition.
    Fourth edition. Moore had been involved with the management of the Royal Mathematical School at Christ's Hospital; his notes were edited by his Ordnance second clerk, Nicholas Stephenson, to form this popular pocket-book, first published 1674. This copy with the bookplate of William Mountaine Esq. F.R.S, mathematics teacher, given by him in 1775 to Burnt Yates School in North Yorkshire. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1705

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 47276

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    Naturgeschichte der Vögel Mitteleuropas. Neu bearbeitet von Dr. G. Berg in Berlin, Prof. Dr. R. Blasius [and many others].

    A very handsome edition, reprinting the original text as published in 1822-60, with corrections in footnotes. The figures for all the plates are re-drawn and show the birds in their natural surroundings. Among the many artists are O. Kleinschmidt, J. G. Keulemans, O. van Riesenthal and others. The eggs are depicted in a series of special plates, based on Eugene Rey's collection. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: Gera-Untermhaus

    Stock Code: 47296

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  14. Der Witz und Seine Beziehung zum Unbewussten.

    Der Witz und Seine Beziehung zum Unbewussten.

    First edition. Freud argues in this, one of his most famous works, that jokes happen when the conscious allows forbidden thoughts which society suppresses. Learn More
    £925

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: Leipzig & Vienna

    Stock Code: 47828

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  15. Down River. A Danubian Study.

    Down River. A Danubian Study.

    With illustrations from photographs by the author.
    First edition, first impression. A study of the Danube basin from 1933 to the eve of World War II, analyzing the region's history and the social forces at play there. Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: 1939

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    Stock Code: 48942

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  16. A Treatise on the Dynamics of a Particle with Numerous Examples.

    A Treatise on the Dynamics of a Particle with Numerous Examples.

    First edition of a work that went to a second, revised edition in 1865, and to its final and seventh edition, further revised, in 1900. Tait had been at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and won the senior wranglership in January 1852, while the favourite, Steele, became second wrangler. Tait commemorated Steele's early death by publishing this work under their joint names. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1856

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 48956

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  17. The Life and Struggles of Negro Toilers.
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    The Life and Struggles of Negro Toilers.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the recto of the front free endpaper "With the author's compliment George Padmore London 17.7.36". Padmore, born in Trinidad, was a leading pan-Africanist and Communist activist. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1931

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    Stock Code: 49292

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Fondements pour la Transformation Integrale du Theatre.

    Fondements pour la Transformation Integrale du Theatre.

    Tome 1 (all published).
    First edition, first printing. One of 200 numbered copies. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1953

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    Stock Code: 49839

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  19. Radioactivity

    Radioactivity

    and the Latest Developments in the Study of the Chemical Elements. Translated from the fourth German edition by T. S. Wheeler and W. G. King. With eleven diagrams, fourteen tables, and appendix to the English translation.
    First edition in English, first impression. Kazimierz Fajans (1887-1975) was a pioneer in physical chemistry and the study of radiation. In 1910 he was hired by the lab of Ernest Rutherford, just as Rutherford was making his monumental discovery of atomic structure. Fajans continued this research in Europe, working in Germany until fleeing Nazi persecution in 1935, then holding academic positions in England and the United States. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 49854

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  20. Radio-activity.

    Radio-activity.

    First edition, first impression of the author's first book on radioactivity. Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) was a pioneer in the study of nuclear physics, the discoverer of the structure of the atom and in 1917 the first scientist to split the atom. This volume was "The first textbook on radioactivity, surveying contemporary knowledge of the entire field" (Dibner 51). Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 49870

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