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

    The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere. c.1906; 1947, 1955

    £1,500

    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 …Read more

  2. The Viking Rocket Story.

    The Viking Rocket Story. 1955

    £1,500

    First edition, first printing, Viking Hall commemoration presentation copy from the library of NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr, signed by the author and head of the Viking Project, as well as by 12 other persons involved in the Viking project including J. Preston …Read more

  3. The Origins of Prebiological Systems

    The Origins of Prebiological Systems 1965

    £350

    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 …Read more

  4. The Decision to Go to the Moon.

    The Decision to Go to the Moon. 1970

    £750

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed to NASA administrator Dr. Homer E Newell Jr. on the front free endpaper, “8/24/70, To Homer Newell, with Warm Regards, John Logsdon”. This book is very scarce inscribed, and superb with such an association. Dr Homer E. Newell …Read more

  5. Intelligent Life in the Universe.

    Intelligent Life in the Universe. 1966

    £450

    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 …Read more

  6. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.

    Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites. 1958

    £475

    First edition, first printing, the author’s own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Scarce. This layman’s guide to rocket science, rocket warfare and the incipient space age comes from the library of the author, Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983). Newell …Read more

  7. Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.

    Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics. 1950

    £1,250

    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. Read more

  8. Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei.

    Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei. 1496

    £80,000

    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 …Read more

  9. The Young Geographer and Astronomer’s best Companion.

    The Young Geographer and Astronomer’s best Companion. 1773

    £975

    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 …Read more

  10. Matter and Motion.

    Matter and Motion. 1876

    £2,000

    First edition of Maxwell’s textbook on dynamics. In the modest guise of a brief introduction to Newtonian mechanics, Matter and Motion, one of the finest elementary scientific treatises ever written, anticipates problems with distant synchronization that led, via its influence on Henri Poincaré, to Einstein’s …Read more

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

    Istoria e dimostrazioni intorno alle macchie solari e loro accidenti 1613

    £37,500

    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 …Read more

  12. Opere, divise in quattro tomi, in questa nuova edizione accresciute de molti cose inedite.

    Opere, divise in quattro tomi, in questa nuova edizione accresciute de molti cose inedite. 1744

    £16,000

    First complete collected edition of Galileo’s works, the third overall, and the first to include the Dialogo, along with other material published here for the first time. Galilei’s Opere, first published in two volumes in 1656 in Bologna by Carlo Manolessi, was reprinted with some …Read more

  13. Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri.

    Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri. 1778

    £1,500

    First collected edition, scarce: not in Copac, OCLC locates ten copies. Paolo Frisi (1728-1784) was an Italian mathematician, astronomer and physicist who is best know for his work in hydraulics. “His most significant contributions to science, however, were in the compilation, interpretation, and dissemination of …Read more

  14. Griechische Planetendarstellungen in arabischen Steinbüchern.

    Griechische Planetendarstellungen in arabischen Steinbüchern. 1919

    £50

    First and only edition of this interesting treatise describing Greek planetary representations in Arabic stone-carvings, published in the Proceedings of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences. Ruska (1867-1949), was a German Arabist and historian of science. This copy from the collection of American Islamicist Nicholas Heer, …Read more

  15. A Survey of Islamic Astronomical Tables.

    A Survey of Islamic Astronomical Tables. 1956

    £25

    First edition of this valuable monograph surveying “the number, distribution, contents and relations between zijes [astronomical tables] written in Arabic or Persian … from the eighth through the fifteenth centuries of the Christian era” (p.123), this copy from the collection of American Islamicist Nicholas Heer, …Read more

  16. Tycho Brahe Sistemi Hakkinda XVII. Asir Baslarina Ait Far[s]ça Bir Yazma.

    Tycho Brahe Sistemi Hakkinda XVII. Asir Baslarina Ait Far[s]ça Bir Yazma. 1958

    £50

    Offprint from the Annual Review of the Institute of Archaelogy at the University of Ankara, describing a manuscript in the Vatican Library (MS Vat. Pers. 9), namely a 1631 copy of renowned explorer Pietro della Valle’s Persian translation of a short pamphlet by one Christophoros …Read more

  17. A Treatise of the System of the World.
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    A Treatise of the System of the World. 1728

    £9,500

    First edition in English. Also published the same year in Latin as De Mundi Systemate and originally intended as the third book of Principia—”but that afterwards to avoid the disputes which might arise, if those who were unacquainted with the principles laid down in preceding …Read more

  18. La sfera del mondo. Di nuovo da lui ripolita, accrescuita, & fino à Sei Libri, di Quattro che erano ampliata, & quasi per ogni parte rinovata, & riformata; De le stelle fisse, Libro Uno, Dove di tutte le XLVIII immag in celesti.

    La sfera del mondo. Di nuovo da lui ripolita, accrescuita, & fino à Sei Libri, di Quattro che erano ampliata, & quasi per ogni parte rinovata, & riformata; De le stelle fisse, Libro Uno, Dove di tutte le XLVIII immag in celesti. 1573 & 1570

    £5,000

    Eighth edition of the first printed star atlas, originally published in 1540. All early editions are rare. De la sfera del mondo is a traditional Ptolemaic-Aristotelian geocentric cosmography, but its appendix, De le stelle fisse, “represents the first printed star atlas, containing maps of the …Read more

  1. The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere.
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    BARRITT, Leon, Garrett Putnam Serviss, Hugh... BARRITT, Leon, Garrett...

    The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere.

    £1,500

  2. The Viking Rocket Story.
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    ROSEN, Milton W. ROSEN, Milton W.

    The Viking Rocket Story.

    £1,500

  3. The Origins of Prebiological Systems
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    (FOX, Sidney W., ed.) (FOX, Sidney W.,...

    The Origins of Prebiological Systems

    £350

  4. The Decision to Go to the Moon.
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    LOGSDON, John M. LOGSDON, John M.

    The Decision to Go to the Moon.

    £750

  5. Intelligent Life in the Universe.
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    SAGAN, Carl, & I. S. Shklovskii. SAGAN, Carl, &...

    Intelligent Life in the Universe.

    £450

  6. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.
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    NEWELL, Homer E. NEWELL, Homer E.

    Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.

    £475

  7. Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.
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    CLARKE, Arthur C. CLARKE, Arthur C.

    Interplanetary Flight. An Introduction to Astronautics.

    £1,250

  8. The Young Geographer and Astronomer’s best Companion.
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    JONES, E[van]. JONES, E[van].

    The Young Geographer and Astronomer’s best Companion.

    £975

  9. Matter and Motion.
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    MAXWELL, John Clerk. MAXWELL, John Clerk.

    Matter and Motion.

    £2,000

  10. Istoria e dimostrazioni intorno alle macchie solari e loro accidenti
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    GALILEI, Galileo. GALILEI, Galileo.

    Istoria e dimostrazioni intorno alle macchie solari e loro accidenti

    £37,500

  11. Opere, divise in quattro tomi, in questa nuova edizione accresciute de molti cose inedite.
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    GALILEI, Galileo. GALILEI, Galileo.

    Opere, divise in quattro tomi, in questa nuova edizione accresciute de molti cose inedite.

    £16,000

  12. Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri.
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    FRISI, Paolo. FRISI, Paolo.

    Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri.

    £1,500

  13. Griechische Planetendarstellungen in arabischen Steinbüchern.
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    RUSKA, Julius. RUSKA, Julius.

    Griechische Planetendarstellungen in arabischen Steinbüchern.

    £50

  14. A Survey of Islamic Astronomical Tables.
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    KENNEDY, E[dward] S. KENNEDY, E[dward] S.

    A Survey of Islamic Astronomical Tables.

    £25

  15. Tycho Brahe Sistemi Hakkinda XVII. Asir Baslarina Ait Far[s]ça Bir Yazma.
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    (TYCHO BRAHE.) SAYILI, Aydin. (TYCHO BRAHE.) SAYILI,...

    Tycho Brahe Sistemi Hakkinda XVII. Asir Baslarina Ait Far[s]ça Bir Yazma.

    £50

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    A Treatise of the System of the World.
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    NEWTON, Isaac. NEWTON, Isaac.

    A Treatise of the System of the World.

    £9,500

  17. La sfera del mondo. Di nuovo da lui ripolita, accrescuita, & fino à Sei Libri, di Quattro che erano ampliata, & quasi per ogni parte rinovata, & riformata; De le stelle fisse, Libro Uno, Dove di tutte le XLVIII immag in celesti.
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    PICCOLOMINI, Alessandro. PICCOLOMINI, Alessandro.

    La sfera del mondo. Di nuovo da lui ripolita, accrescuita, & fino à Sei Libri, di Quattro che erano ampliata, & quasi per ogni parte rinovata, & riformata; De le stelle fisse, Libro Uno, Dove di tutte le XLVIII immag in celesti.

    £5,000

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