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  1. Camera, Take the Stand!
    New Arrival

    Camera, Take the Stand! 1940

    £375

    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 …Read more

  2. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,

    Nouvelle construction de cheminées, 1760

    £325

    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 …Read more

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

    Modern Power Generators, Steam, Electric, and Internal Combustion, 1908

    £300

    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 …Read more

  6. A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads,

    A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads, 1825

    £2,500

    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 …Read more

  7. My Life and Work.

    My Life and Work. 1922

    £250

    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. Read more

  8. Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen.

    Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen. 1869

    £1,000

    A very interesting collection of rare pamphlets on road construction, including one unrecorded: LAUNHARDT, Wilhelm. Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen. Hanover 1869. 54 pp. including terminal advertisement leaf and folding map showing the road system linking the Elbe and Weser rivers. OCLC lists …Read more

  9. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. 1966

    £1,750

    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, …Read more

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

    Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l’agriculture et à la guerre; 1782

    £2,250

    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 …Read more

  11. IG Farben.

    IG Farben. 1947

    £175

    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. Read more

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

    Port of Manchester: Centre of Petroleum Importation & Distribution. [1933]

    £125

    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. Read more

  13. Platinum Metals Exhibition.

    Platinum Metals Exhibition. 1953

    £450

    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, …Read more

  14. Picture Ribbons.

    Picture Ribbons. 1897

    £2,500

    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 …Read more

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

    The New Vision: The Locomotive (its esthetics). 1937

    £1,500

    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 …Read more

  16. The Art of Computer Programming.

    The Art of Computer Programming. 1968

    £2,250

    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 …Read more

  17. A History of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1880-1915.

    A History of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1880-1915. 1915

    £550

    First edition, and one of five specially bound copies for presentation to the members of the committee which carried out publication of the book, as noted on a slip tipped-in to the front free endpaper. The committee was composed of Prof. John E. Sweet (one …Read more

  18. On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners;

    On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners; 1818

    £2,500

    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 …Read more

  19. Science economique des manufactures.

    Science economique des manufactures. 1834

    £450

    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 …Read more

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

    A collection of notebooks, offprints, and books from the estate of Max Newman. 1928–59

    £15,000

    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 …Read more

  21. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. 1966

    £1,500

    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 …Read more

  22. Electron Optics and the Electron Microscope.

    Electron Optics and the Electron Microscope. 1945

    £500

    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, …Read more

  23. When the Wheels Revolve.

    When the Wheels Revolve. 1944

    £75

    An attractively designed General Motors brochure which explains for a general readership how automobiles work, with numerous diagrams and illustrations. Read more

  24. This Is Tomorrow.

    This Is Tomorrow. 1956

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression. Edition of 1300 copies. Catalogue issued to coincide with the show at The Whitechapel Art Gallery, August 9 – September 9, 1956. The driving force behind the exhibition was Theo Crosby; there was no curator as such. Bryan Robertson was Director …Read more

  25. Castelli, e Ponti …

    Castelli, e Ponti … 1743

    £5,000

    First edition of this fundamental work for the history of the restoration and maintenance of St Peter’s Fabbrica and for an understanding of early building practice. The master mason and engineer Nicola Zabaglia (1664–1750) invented many ingenious mechanical devices to aid restoration. Here he illustrates …Read more

  26. History of the Old Trent Bridge,

    History of the Old Trent Bridge, 1871

    £100

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  27. On The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.

    On The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. 1832

    £12,500

    First edition. Large-paper presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front blank, “To Mr. Bartholemew with Mr Babbages Compliments”. On The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures was Babbage’s most successful lifetime publication, selling 3000 copies. Prompted by the demands for precision in the construction …Read more

  28. Lives of Boulton and Watt.

    Lives of Boulton and Watt. 1865

    £175

    First Edition. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Camera, Take the Stand!
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    HERZOG, Asa S., & A. J.... HERZOG, Asa S.,...

    Camera, Take the Stand!

    £375

  2. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
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    GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold. GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold.

    Nouvelle construction de cheminées,

    £325

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

    The Viking Rocket Story.

    £1,500

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

    Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.

    £475

  5. Modern Power Generators, Steam, Electric, and Internal Combustion,
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    FRENCH, James Weir (ed.) FRENCH, James Weir...

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

    £300

  6. A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads,
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    WOOD, Nicholas. WOOD, Nicholas.

    A Practical Treatise on Rail-Roads,

    £2,500

  7. Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen.
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    LAUNHARDT, Wilhelm; Christian Petrlik; J. C.... LAUNHARDT, Wilhelm; Christian...

    Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen.

    £1,000

  8. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
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    VON NEUMANN, John. VON NEUMANN, John.

    Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    £1,750

  9. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l’agriculture et à la guerre;
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    BERTHELOT, [Claude-François.] BERTHELOT, [Claude-François.]

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

    £2,250

  10. Port of Manchester: Centre of Petroleum Importation & Distribution.
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    (OIL INDUSTRY.) (OIL INDUSTRY.)

    Port of Manchester: Centre of Petroleum Importation & Distribution.

    £125

  11. Platinum Metals Exhibition.
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    (METALS.) (METALS.)

    Platinum Metals Exhibition.

    £450

  12. The New Vision: The Locomotive (its esthetics).
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    LOEWY, Raymond. LOEWY, Raymond.

    The New Vision: The Locomotive (its esthetics).

    £1,500

  13. The Art of Computer Programming.
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    KNUTH, Donald E. KNUTH, Donald E.

    The Art of Computer Programming.

    £2,250

  14. A History of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1880-1915.
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    HUTTON, Frederick Remsen. HUTTON, Frederick Remsen.

    A History of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1880-1915.

    £550

  15. On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners;
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    DAVY, Sir Humphry. DAVY, Sir Humphry.

    On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners;

    £2,500

  16. Science economique des manufactures.
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    BABBAGE, Charles. BABBAGE, Charles.

    Science economique des manufactures.

    £450

  17. A collection of notebooks, offprints, and books from the estate of Max Newman.
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    (TURING, Alan.) NEWMAN, Max. (TURING, Alan.) NEWMAN,...

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

    £15,000

  18. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
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    VON NEUMANN, John. VON NEUMANN, John.

    Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.

    £1,500

  19. Electron Optics and the Electron Microscope.
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    ZWORYKIN, V. K., et al. ZWORYKIN, V. K.,...

    Electron Optics and the Electron Microscope.

    £500

  20. When the Wheels Revolve.
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    GENERAL MOTORS. GENERAL MOTORS.

    When the Wheels Revolve.

    £75

  21. Castelli, e Ponti …
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    ZABAGLIA, Nicola. ZABAGLIA, Nicola.

    Castelli, e Ponti …

    £5,000

  22. History of the Old Trent Bridge,
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    TARBOTTON, M. O. TARBOTTON, M. O.

    History of the Old Trent Bridge,

    £100

  23. On The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.
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    BABBAGE, Charles. BABBAGE, Charles.

    On The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.

    £12,500

  24. Lives of Boulton and Watt.
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    SMILES, Samuel. SMILES, Samuel.

    Lives of Boulton and Watt.

    £175

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