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  1. 116530comp
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    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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  2. 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

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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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  4. Wild Chorus.
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    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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  5. "The Story of Insulin. Forty Years of Success against Diabetes. Under the general editorship of Abraham Marcus, Medical correspondent of 'The Observer'. With a foreword by R. D. Lawrence."
    signed
  6. Moths of the Limberlost.
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    Moths of the Limberlost.

    With Water Colour and Photographic Illustrations from Life.
    Second US printing, first published 1912. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For Leafie Sloan-Orcutt from Gene Stratton-Porter, Christmas 1921". Stratton-Porter was a prolific and highly successful novelist, but is probably equally remembered today as a natural history writer, pioneering environmentalist and nature photographer, chronicling wildlife of her beloved Limberlost Swamp. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: Garden City, New York

    Stock Code: 115266

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Smithsonian Scientific Series.
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    Smithsonian Scientific Series.

    Signed limited edition, one of 875 sets signed by C. G. Abbot and especially prepared for the patrons of the Smithsonian. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1929-32

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115175

    Signed: Yes

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    Typed letter signed concerning the Hollywood film The Beginning or the End (1947), a docudrama about the development of the atomic bomb.

    Addressed to Loew’s Incorporated (the distribution arm of MGM), based in Culver City, CA.
    The great Italian-American physicist gives permission for his depiction in the 1947 MGM docudrama The Beginning or the End: "Gentlemen: In connection with the motion picture you are about to produce concerning the atomic bomb project and its ramifications, tentatively called The Beginning or the End, I now authorise you to depict me by name as a character in this motion picture and to use my name in connection therewith, my impersonation to be by an actor selected by you. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 10-Apr-46

    Published: Chigago?

    Stock Code: 114629

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.
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    Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.

    Technical Trends Series.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of Clarke's first book inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Frank Richards, with best wishes, Arthur C. Clarke, Oct ‘51". Very scarce signed and in such superb condition. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114544

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Origins of Prebiological Systems
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    The Origins of Prebiological Systems

    and of Their Molecular Matrices. Proceedings of a Conference Conducted at Wakulla Springs, Florida on 25-30 October 1963 under the auspices of the Institute for Space Biosciences The Florida State University and The Natural Aeronautics and Space Administration. Edited by Sidney W. Fox.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the editor to NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr on the front free endpaper, "22 February 1965, To Dr. Homer Newell with compliments, Sidney W. Fox". A fine association for this collection of studies on the origin of life, conducted partly under the auspices of NASA. Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: New York and London

    Stock Code: 114398

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    The Foundations of Mathematics

    and other Logical Essays.
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of Frank P. Ramsey's essays on mathematics and logic, some of which are published here for the first time. Ramsey (1903-1930) was a Cambridge-based philosopher, a member of the Apostles, who died aged only 26 but contributed pioneering work to the field of logic that had been thrown into disarray by Russell and Wittgenstein. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114180

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  12. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
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    The Naturalist in Nicaragua:

    A Narrative of a Residence of the Gold Mines of Chontales; Journeys in the Savannah and Forests. With Observations on Animals and Plants in Reference to the Theory of Evolution of Living Forms. With Map and Illustrations.
    First edition. This copy inscribed verso of the front free endpaper; "P. Brown Esqre, M.D. with the kind regards of the Author", with Brown's ownership inscription to the title page. The son of a Newcastle seedsman, Belt (1832-1878) was educated at a private school conducted by by John Storey, a secretary of Tyneside Naturalists' Field Club, becoming an enthusiastic student of natural history. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1874,

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114155

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Freud als Kulturkritiker.
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    Freud als Kulturkritiker.

    Mit einem Briefe Professor Sigmund Freuds.
    First edition. A highly significant association copy of this study of Freud by one of his most influential students, with the bookplate of Smith Ely Jelliffe, one of the first American psychoanalysts, to the front pastedown. Support for Freud among American academicians contrasted strongly with his lukewarm reception among his European contemporaries, and Jeliffe (1866-1945) was one of a select group of Americans scholars who "provided authoritative translations of Freudian ideas for a general readership, as well as applications of Freudian analysis to literature, art, and politics" (North, Reading 1922: A Return to the Scene of the Modern, p. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: Vienna and Leipzig

    Stock Code: 113460

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Mescal.
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    Mescal.

    The ‘Divine’ Plant and its Psychological Effects. With an introduction by MacDonald Critchley.
    First edition, first impression. Highly significant presentation copy of the author's breakthrough study of mescaline-induced hallucinations, handsomely inscribed "To Professor W. R. Miles, with compliments of the author Heinrich Klüver, Chicago, Nov. 1928" on the front free endpaper, with the book label of the recipient Walter Richard Miles to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112683

    Signed: Yes

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  15. An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry.
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    An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry.

    First edition, first impression, an excellent association copy of Russell's first published book of philosophy, with the pencilled ownership inscription of noted Cambridge philosopher R. B. Braithwaite, dated 1923, to the front free endpaper. Braithwaite (1900-1990), then a scholar at King's College, originally studied mathematics before switching to the moral sciences tripos for his final year, the year of the inscription. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 112003

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Principia Mathematica.
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    Principia Mathematica.

    Volume I.
    First edition, first impression, one of 750 copies printed, of the first volume of Whitehead and Russell's hugely ambitious attempt to construct "the whole body of mathematical doctrine by logical deduction from the basis of a small number of primitive ideas and a small number of primitive principles of logical inference" (DSB, XII, p. 14). The belief that mathematics can be derived from logic is not only one of the principal philosophical theories of the foundation of mathematics, it has also provided some of the most important results in the formal analysis of mathematical concepts (cf. Learn More
    £8,500

    Date of Publication: 1910

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 111914

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Un souvenir de Solferino.
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    Un souvenir de Solferino.

    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: "Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l'auteur", apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also carries his attractive etched bookplate and official autograph stamp on the half-title. Learn More
    £17,500

    Date of Publication: 1862

    Published: Geneva

    Stock Code: 110889

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Istoria e dimostrazioni intorno alle macchie solari e loro accidenti
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    Istoria e dimostrazioni intorno alle macchie solari e loro accidenti

    comprese in tre lettere scritte all’Illustrimissimo Signor Marco Velseri Linceo.
    First edition, the so-called export issue, of Galileo's earliest published endorsement of the Copernican theory. The book is in the form of three letters to his fellow academician Marcus Welser of Augsburg. The book is illustrated with the famous series of sunspot observations made by Galileo in 1612 during the summer months. Galileo demonstrated that sunspots were not small satellites, as the traditional Aristotelian interpretation suggested. Learn More
    £37,500

    Date of Publication: 1613

    Published: Rome

    Stock Code: 110141

    Signed: Yes

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  19. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.
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    The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to sculptor John Graham Lough: "To John Graham Esq. and his amiable wife, this volume conveys the sincere regards, of the Author and his wife" (half-title). Archibald Billing (1791-1881) was a physician by trade and an amateur artist and collector of engraved gems and coins. A lecturer at the London Hospital from the 1810s to the 1840s, he was "among the first medical teachers in London to make auscultation, as introduced by Laennec, a part of regular teaching" (ODNB). Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1867

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109013

    Signed: Yes

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  20. The Naked Ape; The Human Zoo.
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    The Naked Ape; The Human Zoo.

    A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal.
    First editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108012

    Signed: Yes

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