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  1. 120686
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  2. 130394
    First edition, presentation copy to James Prescott Joule, with the printed presentation on the half-title "From James Young and R. Angus Smith" continued by hand "to Dr Joule FRS &c&c". The book later passed to the Chemical Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and then into the library of Churchill College, Cambridge,... Learn More
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  3. 129606
    First edition, first impression of 1,000 copies, without a "thousand" statement on the title page as per later impressions. Darwin started his work on insectivorous plants in 1860 after observing a sundew while resting in Sussex. "During subsequent years, whenever I had leisure, I pursued my experiments, and my book on 'Insectivorous... Learn More
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  4. 129488
    First and only edition, outside America OCLC shows only four locations in Japan and Taiwan, COPAC lists no copies in the UK and Ireland. This comprehensive study of Japan's hot springs was "compiled as an exhibit in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, in order to make known to the world the general conditions... Learn More
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  5. 130701
    First edition, first printing, of this posthumously printed collection of Goddard's famous papers on rocketry; "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes" and "Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development", first published by the Smithsonian Institute in 1919 and 1936 respectively. This work also contains a new foreword by Goddard,... Learn More
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  6. 129956comp
    First and limited edition, number 54 of 760 copies signed and dated by Einstein. This copy additionally inscribed by the editor on the half-title: "To Arnold H. Crane with the best wishes of Paul A. Schilpp, Glenview Ill., August 16, 1965". The recipient may have been the Chicago-based photographer Arnold H. Crane (b. 1932),... Learn More
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  7. 47037
    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... Learn More
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  8. 130437
    First published 1682, designated the "second edition, corrected" on the title page, this follows the "second editions" of 1683 and 1690. Samuel Gilbert (d. 1692?) was chaplain to Jane, wife of Charles, fourth baron Gerard of Gerard's Bromley, and rector of Quatt, Shropshire, his first publication being a pamphlet entitled... Learn More
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  9. 130463
    First UK edition, first impression, published simultaneously with the US edition on 1 April 1988. One of the most important scientific works of the 20th century and a masterpiece of scientific popularization, A Brief History of Time details, for a lay readership, the origin and eventual fate of the universe. Learn More
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  10. 130485
    First edition of ''the best English book on falconry, and a very attractive publication'' (Schwerdt). The scion of a Roman Catholic landed family in Durham, Salvin (18171904), was educated at Ampleforth and in 1839 was commissioned in the York and Lancaster Regiment, retiring in 1864 with the rank of captain. "Salvin's early... Learn More
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  11. 130399
    Francis Crick's copy, with his pencilled signature to the pastedown, of an important cell biology textbook, outlining the biological worldview which Crick was schooled in and which he would ultimately overturn with his joint discovery of DNA in 1953. Though books from Crick's library do appear, relevant scientific texts... Learn More
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  12. 117907
    First US edition, later issue without errata. First published in the UK earlier that year, it was in this work that the word "evolution" appears for the first time, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species the following year. Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle the thorny... Learn More
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  13. 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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 109013

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  14. 128977
    First English edition, first impression, of Müller's explication of Darwinian evolution through the natural history of crustaceans. This copy is from the library of Darwin bibliographer Richard Freeman with his ownership inscription and annotation on the front free endpaper verso, "R. B. Freeman, 1967, Translation of Für... Learn More
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  15. 128870comp
    First edition, first impression, this copy inscribed by the author with initials on the front free endpaper: "In gratitude for your help. C.S.M."; a timely contribution to the literature of the treatment of war neuroses by one of its most sympathetic practitioners. "In 1915 Myers was given a commission in the Royal Army... Learn More
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  16. 129359
    First edition, of Julia Stephen's discussion of good nursing practice. The work demonstrates "a fine attention to detailand to language: it includes an eloquent and witty passage on the torment of crumbs in bed" (ODNB). Stephen (1846-1895) was Virginia Woolf's mother, and an active philanthropist who "travelled round London... Learn More
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  17. 111422
    Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of noted legal writer William Cooke (1757-1832) to..."> Second collected edition, "an edition more methodical, more elegant, and every way more complete, than any preceding" (Lowndes), first published by Millar in 1740, Gosling's 1730 edition lacking a small number of texts.
    Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of noted legal writer William Cooke (1757-1832) to... Learn More
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  18. 128842
    Freud's third paper published as a medical..."> First separate printing, presentation copy, with Freud's inscription at the head of the front wrapper: "Seinem lieben Freunde, Hernn Chem. Dr. S. Herzig d. Verf." Josef Herzig (1853-1924), professor of chemistry at the University of Vienna, was one of Freud's lifelong friends.
    Freud's third paper published as a medical... Learn More
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  19. 128844
    First edition, first printing, rare advance issue. This is not the well-known book edition with the Goya cover but one of only a few advance copies of Foucault's thesis. According to Didier Eribon, Foucault's biographer, the usual practice of the University of Paris at the time was to issue five copies in this simple wrappered... Learn More
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  20. 128841
    First separate printing, presentation copy, with Freud's inscription at the head of the front wrapper, "Rollett", that is, Alexander Rollett (1834-1903), the Austrian physiologist and histologist. The presentation was likely made at the suggestion of Freud's supervisor, Professor Ernst Brücke, who had mentored Rollett in... Learn More
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  21. 128838comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy to his son Ernst Freud (1892-1970) and his wife Lucie "Lux" Brasch (1896-1989), parents of Clement and Lucian Freud, shakily inscribed by the author, "Seinem lieben Kindern Ernst und Lux, vom verfass, März 1939". The book known by its English title as Moses and Monotheism... Learn More
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  22. 128837
    A superb association: the..."> First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author at the head of the front board, "Herrn Dr. Hoch mit den besten Grüssen, der Verfasser." This is the true first edition of Jung's doctoral dissertation, published in advance of the book version issued later the same year.
    A superb association: the... Learn More
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  23. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
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  24. 129931
    Sixth edition, fifth issue, marked as the "fifteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller... Learn More
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  25. 129932
    Sixth edition, fifth issue, marked as the "fifteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller... Learn More
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  26. 129912
    First UK edition, first impression, published simultaneously with the US edition on 1 April 1988. One of the most important scientific works of the second half of the 20th century and a masterpiece of scientific popularization, A Brief History of Time details, for a lay readership, the origin and eventual fate of the universe.... Learn More
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  27. 126918
    First edition of Galileo's most famous and influential work, a skilled and popular polemic composed in the vernacular tongue. "If it was not exactly written in defiance of the Inquisition, it was composed with the deliberate intention of bamboozling the censors and of out-witting Galileo's clerical enemies In the form of... Learn More
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  28. 90437
    As..."> First edition of the report of an investigation carried out in Germany during summer 1945, which included visits to A. Walther at the IPM, Darmstadt, and to the University of Göttingen. Page 63 gives a brief account of "Ing. Zuse's calculating machines", written before direct contact had been established with him.
    As... Learn More
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  29. 80925
    First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 1525-1572) or,... Learn More
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  30. 74487comp
    First edition. Large paper presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front blank, "To Mr. Bartholemew sic with Mr Babbages Compliments". Large paper copies such as this (measuring over 180 mm in height) were produced especially for presentation and are scarce, with Babbage himself referring to "a few in the hands... Learn More
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    First edition of the first book in English on a mechanical calculating machine, and the first separate work on the subject since Napier's Rabdologiae (1617). Nothing more of any significance was published in English on calculating machines until Babbage in the 19th century.
    Morland (1625-1695) was at Magdalene College,... Learn More
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    First edition of a fundamental book in the history both of technology and of book design, and "one of the most elegantly produced of all technological treatises" (Norman). The scientific import of Ramelli's work resides in his demonstration of "the unlimited possibilities of machines. For example, the dozens of water-powered... Learn More
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  33. 129884
    US editions, being the second edition of the first volume, and the first editions of the second two volumes (the UK editions were published the same years). Romanes (1848-1894) had a considerable influence on the study of Darwinism in the later 19th century. "A decisive influence on his activity and scientific work, in 1874,... Learn More
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  34. 129740
    First edition of this guide to educating children with reference to the Great Exhibition. Published the year after the Exhibition, the guide assumes the children will have seen and remembered it, with its exhibits taken as a ready reference point for learning. Rare, with OCLC listing six copies. Learn More
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  35. 129604
    First edition, first issue, with 32 pp. inserted adverts dated May 1878 and with two lines of errata at the foot of page x; 1,500 copies were printed. The collaborative authorship proclaimed on the title page reflects Darwin's concern to introduce his children into the world of science. Francis Darwin had trained as a doctor... Learn More
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  36. 129608
    First edition in book-form, styled "Second Edition Revised" as it was revised and enlarged from a paper published in the Journal of the Linnean Society in 1865. "In the autumn of 1864 I finished a long paper on Climbing Plants, and sent it to the Linnean Society. The writing of this paper cost me four months: but I was so... Learn More
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  37. 129595
    First edition, first issue, of Darwin's final book. Published the year before his death, the work was remarkably successful, selling 6,000 copies within a year, and indeed initially sold faster than the Origin of Species had done. The culmination of ten years of intensive research and close observation on the interaction... Learn More
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  38. 129493
    First edition, first impression, of this biography and memorial volume written by the mother of the great computer science pioneer. Uncommon, especially so in the jacket, and apparently issued in an edition of as little as 500 copies, it is an interesting work which strives to establish Turing's credentials without reference... Learn More
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  39. 128763
    First edition in English of Galileo's Dialogo, the major work to be included in volume I, and the first vernacular translation in any language. The Systeme of the World, followed by the short but important Epistle to the Grand Dutchesse Mother concerning the Authority of Holy Scripture in Philosophical Controversies (known... Learn More
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  40. 124153
    Third edition in book-form. An amusing and endearing children's primer in the multiplication tables from the end of the regency period, with captioned engraved plates offering rhyming couplets to aid memory. Often bizarre and seemingly completely unmemorable, examples include "Twice 9 are 18. My cow is very lean" and "Six... Learn More
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  41. 120082
    First edition, no other copy traced. "In the spirit of socialist emulation inspired by the 60th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, a specialised engineering office and a pilot plant have successfully completed the key stages of a development plan for melon production. The issues of complex mechanisation... Learn More
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  42. 129170
    The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most..."> First US edition, first printing, of Hayek's criticism of scientism. "Hayek used the term scientism to refer to the slavish imitation of the methods of the physical sciences without regard for the innate differences between physical and non-physical reality" (The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most... Learn More
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  43. 129159
    First edition, from the library of the "lost generation" icons Harry and Mary (Caresse) Crosby, with Harry's ownership inscription on the half-title verso, "Harry Crosby, a Paris ce Neuf Septembre 1925, Our Third Wedding Anniversary". Additionally with the Black Sun blindstamp to the head of the half-title, their bookplate... Learn More
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  44. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First Dublin edition, same year as the first London edition; Kress lists the Dublin printing first and calls the London "another issue" while Tribe calls the Dublin edition a piracy. The Essays were published five years after Smith's death and edited by the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart (1753-1828); his "Account of... Learn More
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  45. 116003
    Second edition, a re-issue of the first edition sheets of 1727 with a cancel title page, a work including the first detailed description in English of wine-making in Champagne, based on first-hand observation. The dedication is signed "S.J." but Blanche Henrey tentatively attributes it to the botanical writer Richard Bradley... Learn More
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  46. 128828
    First edition of this "landmark book which established Melliss as the first historian of the island and included a section on natural history intended as a precursor for an ambitious broader study of the African islands of the southern Atlantic" (Natural History Museum). Melliss, a military officer with the Royal Engineers,... Learn More
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  47. 128830
    First edition of this "landmark book which established Melliss as the first historian of the island and included a section on natural history intended as a precursor for an ambitious broader study of the African islands of the southern Atlantic" (Natural History Museum). Melliss, a military officer with the Royal Engineers,... Learn More
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  48. 128811
    First edition in book form, second impression, one of 500 copies, "probably the smallest issue of any Murray Darwin" (Freeman p. 117). This copy has the adverts dated January 1882 and is issued in a remainder binding not noted by Freeman, done in Murray's standard case style, differing from the first issue binding which... Learn More
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  49. 128813
    Second edition, fourth thousand. The text of the second edition was altered and significantly enlarged from the first, and includes a paper prepared for the first French edition of 1870 (the paper itself was published in 1869). Darwin's next book after the Origin, the first of the volumes of supporting evidence, attributing... Learn More
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  50. 128725
    First edition, first impression, of this lavishly gilded and richly illustrated work. The Book of the Pearl was the first work of George Kunz (1856-1932), a renowned American mineralogist and the discoverer of the mineral spodumene (named "Kunzite" in his honour). It provides an immensely comprehensive account of the creation,... Learn More
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  51. 128407
    Early octavo edition. The naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851) had made his reputation with The Birds of America (published between 1827 and 1839), widely regarded as the finest illustrated book ever produced, with record-breaking auction prices to match. In the early 1840s, while the octavo edition of The... Learn More
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  52. 121644
    First edition of Goldmann's magnum opus, one of the most important and substantial studies of South African gold mines. Sydney Goldmann (1868-1958), an uitlander of German-Jewish descent, made his fortune in gold mining; he later served as a Boer War correspondent for The Standard alongside Winston Churchill, before entering... Learn More
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  53. 123577
    First edition, first issue, with the relevant issue points as called for by Freeman. The first issue, consisting of 1,500 copies, was published in January 1868 and was followed by a second the next month. The majority of the work consists of details about artificial selection and domestication of animals and plants but it... Learn More
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  54. A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:
    First edition in English. The first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise was published in France in 1750 as Traité de la culture des terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work... Learn More
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  55. Einführung in die Wissenschaft vom Leben oder Ascaris.
    First edition, later printing ("4 bis 8 Tausend" on title page). Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Julian Huxley from the Author Nov 1927", in pencil in Huxley's hand (and another note, perhaps in his hand, on p. 330). A remarkable association copy, linking two key figures of evolutionary theory and developmental biology:... Learn More
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  56. 127587
    First edition in English of the Principia, based on the 1726 Pemberton edition of the Latin text and dedicated to Sir Hans Sloane as President of the Royal Society. The translator Andrew Motte (1696-1734) was the son of the printer Benjamin Motte and very briefly a lecturer on geometry at Gresham College. Also included is... Learn More
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  57. 128913
    First edition, wrappers issue of biography of the father of British biochemistry, "a tribute from his friends in the margarine industry to one whose services to nutrition enriched the well-being of mankind." Learn More
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  58. 127751
    First edition thus, a re-issue of the original 1885 text, prepared for publication by Karl Pearson after Clifford's untimely death, here with an appreciative preface by Bertrand Russell and a biographical and critical introduction by James R. Newman. Printed in the US by Knopf, the work was distributed in the UK by Sigma... Learn More
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  59. 128819
    Second edition, first published earlier that year, of "one of the finest scientific travel books ever written" (DSB). Wallace's account of his path-breaking eight-year collecting expedition was a huge success on first publication and has drawn praise for its artistic format and literary style in addition to its scientific... Learn More
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  60. 125337
    First edition, first printing. The copy of the American astronomer Seth Barnes Nicholson (1891-1963), with his ownership signature to the pastedown. Russell's book comprised a series of lectures given at the University of Virginia in 1934, and became a popular handbook for students of the field. Learn More
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