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  1. Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

    Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

    First edition, first impression. The Original Thesis was originally written in 1948 and distributed among close friends - it quickly gained attention and in 1951 received its first official publication in this scarce hardcover edition. This copy bears the corrective ink stamp to the jacket front panel and the title page, changing the address from The Hubbard Dianetic Foundation, Wichita, to a new personal address, "L. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: [1951]

    Published: Wichita, Kansas

    Stock Code: 114533

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  2. Studies in Deductive Logic.

    Studies in Deductive Logic.

    A Manual for Students.
    First edition, with the publisher's ads to rear dated February 1881. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1880

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114481

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  3. Beyond the Pleasure Principle

    Beyond the Pleasure Principle

    Authorized translation from the second German edition by C. J. M. Hubback.
    First edition in English, first impression, first issue with the George Allen and Unwin imprint on the dust jacket and no mention of the Hogarth Press on the title page. In Beyond the Pleasure Principle, generally considered his most controversial text, Freud introduced the concept of Eros and further investigated his theory of the death drive, or Thanatos, the human mind being a perpetual battleground for Eros and Thanatos. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114402

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  4. 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

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Intelligent Life in the Universe.

    Intelligent Life in the Universe.

    Being a translation, extension, and revision of I. S. Shklovskii’s [Russian title]. Authorized translation by Paula Fern.
    First edition, first printing, of Carl Sagan's first book, concerning the topic that consumed him throughout his life. This wonderful association copy comes from the library, with ownership stamp to the front free endpaper, of Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983). Newell was a mathematics professor and author who became a powerful US government science administrator, rising eventually to the third in command of NASA. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1966

    Published: San Francisco, London, Amsterdam

    Stock Code: 114394

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  6. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,

    The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,

    or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Sixth edition, with Additions and Corrections.
    Sixth edition, fifteenth thousand. The sixth edition (eleventh thousand) was first issued in 1872, and was "extensively revised [by Darwin] and contains a new chapter, VII. This was inserted to confute the views of the Roman Catholic biologist St George Mivart" (Freeman). The Origin is, of course, Darwin's best known work and "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). Learn More
    £1,850

    Date of Publication: 1875

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114387

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    The Birds of America,

    from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.

    First octavo edition of Audubon's "Great National Work", the first complete edition and the first American edition, the original double-elephant folio was published in Edinburgh and London between 1827 and 1838. A very handsome set, the plates clean and fresh, of the "most beautiful, popular, and important natural history books published in America in the nineteenth century. Learn More

    £52,500

    Date of Publication: [1839-]1840

    Published: New York & Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 114339

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  8. Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics.

    Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics.

    Edited by G. H. von Wright, R. Rhees, G. E. M. Anscombe. Translated by G. E. M. Anscombe.
    First edition in English, first impression, of the author's major work on the philosophy of mathematics. Originally published under the title Bemerkungen über die Grundlagen der Mathematik in the same year. Although intended as the second part of the author's Philosophical Investigations, this imposing and brilliantly edited work stands by itself. A beautiful copy. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 114183

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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

    Signed: Yes

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  10. 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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    Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei.

    (Edited by Caspar Grosch and Stephan Römer.)

    First edition in any form of Ptolemy's Almagest, the foundation of ancient astronomy. Regiomontanus' Epitome of Ptolemy is an epochal text that both made available the canonical astronomy of the ancient world and heralded the birth of the revolutionary astronomy of the new learning. This is the only appearance in print of the Almagest in the fifteenth century. Learn More

    £80,000

    Date of Publication: 1496

    Published: Venice

    Stock Code: 114113

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  12. The Young Geographer and Astronomer's best Companion.

    The Young Geographer and Astronomer's best Companion.

    Containing, I. The Elements of Modern Geography, in which, besides many other useful Articles, the Latitude and Longitude of a great Variety of Places are given from the latest Observations. II. A comprehensive System of Ancient Geography, both sacred and profane, particularly adapted to the Illustration of the Classic Authors, and of the Historical Parts of the Bible. III. The Description and Use of the Celestial and Terrestrial Globes, in which particular Attention has been given to the regular Disposition, and most convenient Solution of a numerous Collection of Problems, which are succeeded by several ingenious and entertaining Paradoxes for the Exercise of the Learner. - Also the Principles of Dialling, as it is performed and illustrated by the Globes;-And the Construction, and Use of the different Kinds of Maps. IV. The Elements of Astronomy, in which, besides a large Account of the Solar System, and of the various Motions, Revolutions, &c. of the Planet and Comets, are given the Theory of the Four Seasons, the Harvest-Moons, Eclipses, Tides, and several other Phaenomena too numerous to be here mentioned. To this Part is added a copious Appendix, containing the Elements of Chronology, a Science very intimately connected with that of Astronomy. The Whole is illustrated with The Necessary Engravings. And, though principally intended for The Use Of Schools, May serve as a convenient Memorandum-Book for those Gentlemen and Ladies who have been already instructed in the Sciences above-mentioned.
    First edition of this juvenile text on geography and astronomy. Jones, described on the title as "Teacher of the Classics and Geography, at Bromley, in Kent", is known principally by this work. He also wrote A New and Universal Geographical Grammar: or, a Complete System of Geography (1772), a version explicitly for adults. The book is dedicated to John Hawkesworth, who was governor of a girls' boarding-school housed in Thornhill Mansion, Bromley, before he established himself as a literary figure of some note; Jones was presumably a master at Hawkesworth's school. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1773

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114067

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  13. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne,

    The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne,

    in the County of Southampton: with Engravings, and an Appendix.
    First edition of this classic text of both English natural history and literature, with the armorial bookplate of English naturalist Joseph Whitaker (1850-1932), who as vice-president of the Selborne Society (founded in 1885) commissioned the memorial window to White in St Mary's Church, Selborne, completed in 1920: laid in to this copy are also Whitaker's signed Selborne Society membership ticket, a later postcard of the memorial window, and a recent pamphlet about the church, where White's father was vicar and where White himself is buried. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1789

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113839

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  14. The Natural History of Selborne.

    The Natural History of Selborne.

    Edited with notes by Grant Allen. Illustrated by Edmund H. New.
    First edition illustrated by Edmund New, in a splendid onlay binding incorporating a variety of attractive natural history motifs. First published in 1789, and one of the great English books of the 18th century, Selborne was "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Ency. Brit.) "White's Natural History of Selborne is open to everyone, for everyone has observed much of what it describes. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London and New York

    Stock Code: 113834

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  15. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.

    In two volumes. With illustrations.
    First edition, second issue (with the one-line erratum in volume II); 1,250 copies were published in February 1868 and the two issues have "considerable textual differences" (Freeman). "The term ‘survival of the fittest' (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) first appeared in the Variation and in the fifth edition of the Origin of Species (1869)" (ODNB). Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1868

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113772

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  16. A Brief History of Time. From the Big Bang to Black Holes.

    A Brief History of Time. From the Big Bang to Black Holes.

    Introduction by Carl Sagan. Illustrations by Ron Miller.
    First UK edition, first impression, published simultaneously on 1 April 1988 with the US edition. The error-riddled first printing of the US edition was recalled and destroyed, though a small number survived, bearing a silvery light-blue dust jacket, similar in colour to the UK first edition dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1988

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113760

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  17. 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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  18. 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

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  19. Telliamed

    Telliamed

    ou entretiens d’un philosophe indien avec un missionaire françois sur la diminution de la mer, la formation de la terre, l’origine de l’homme, &c. Mis en ordre sur les mémoires de feu M. de Maillet par J. A. G[uers].
    First edition of the author's fundamental work, dedicated to "l'illustre Cyrano de Bergerac", in which he expounds his unbiblical theories on the formation of the earth. "Great fame was achieved by de Maillet in Telliamed [published in] 1748, 1749, 1755 (translated into English and published in London in 1750 and in Baltimore in 1797). He introduced the concept of slow changes over a great period of time and that of a diminishing universal ocean as well as the evolution of marine life into terrestrial life. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1748

    Published: Amsterdam

    Stock Code: 113357

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  20. African Mammal Drawings. The Wellcome Volume.

    African Mammal Drawings. The Wellcome Volume.

    First edition, limited edition of 500, this number 139 of 400 cloth-bound copies. A research associate in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Kingdon specialises in evolutionary biology and the biogeography of African mammals, especially primates and humans, author editor of the seven-volume East African Mammals: An Atlas of Evolution in Africa. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1983

    Published: Islip, Oxfordshire

    Stock Code: 113135

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