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  1. 133287
    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... Learn More
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  2. 133481comp
    First edition, first impression, with an excellent provenance; being from the library of renowned palmist Mir Bashir (1907-1997), with his ownership inscription from the year of publication to the front free endpaper, "Bashir, B. A., 8 Nizamiah Hotel, Hyderabad, Deccan, 19th Aug. 1936". Bashir moved from India to London... Learn More
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  3. 132861detail
    First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in... Learn More
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  4. 128522
    First edition thus of this biographical sketch. It was also published in book form the same year as part of Tabor's four volume Pioneer Women series; Nightingale was joined in volume one by Elizabeth Fry, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Mary Slessor. Learn More
    £15

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  5. 131023detail
    First edition, first issue, without Newton's name on the title. Newton's Opticks expounds his corpuscular or emission theory of light, and first contains his important optical discoveries in collected form. It also prints two important mathematical treatises (published here for the first time but omitted in later editions)... Learn More
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  6. 132960
    An uncommon offprint by the mathematician and archaeologist James Burgess (1832-1916), a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the upper wrapper, "with the author's compliments, June 1898" and bound together with a 2-page autograph letter signed on Indian astronomy, in particular the "lunar mansion" Pushya, and its... Learn More
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  7. 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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  8. 80629
    First enlarged edition with the addition of the Libellus de locorum describendorum ratione, & de eorum distantiis inveniendis of Gemma Frisius, in which Frisius first described the principle of triangulation for use in surveying.
    The Cosmographia of Petrus Apianus was one of the most popular books of the century. With... Learn More
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    Flowers.

    New York: 1980

    First edition, first impression, signed by the artist on the half-title "Irving Penn, New York, 1980". The photographs, originally published from 1967 to 1973, were taken by Penn for the American edition of Vogue. Learn More
    £750

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  10. 132838comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Thornton Read: As an introduction to germanium research. Bill Shockley. Dec '50". The recipient Thornton Read was an American physicist who with Charles Frank formulated what came to be known as the Frank-Read mechanism... Learn More
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  11. 132039
    First edition, first issue, without Newton's name on the title. Newton's Opticks expounds his corpuscular or emission theory of light, and first contains his important optical discoveries in collected form. It also prints two important mathematical treatises (published here for the first time but omitted in later editions)... Learn More
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  12. Signed portrait of Albert Einstein.
    An engraving of the scientist, signed lower middle in blue ink by Einstein and lower right in black ink by Muller. The artist was a well regarded printmaker active in Germany during the Weimar period. Signed images of Einstein of this period are uncommon. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 66139

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    First edition of "the first major English scientific treatise based on experimental methods of research. Gilbert was chiefly concerned with magnetism; but as a digression he discusses in his second book the attractive effect of amber (electrum), and thus may be regarded as the founder of electrical science. He coined the... Learn More
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    Sister Phyllis Jones, or "Niss",..."> Signed limited edition, number 9 of 540 copies signed by the author on the frontispiece; this additionally a presentation copy, inscribed by its infamous author to her son's nurse using her affectionate nickname, "To dear Niss, with the Author's love. Xmas 1925", on the front free endpaper.
    Sister Phyllis Jones, or "Niss",... Learn More
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  15. 125492comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Plunkett, "To Mr Henry Watterson, Editor of the Louisville Courier Journal, with the compliments of the author, H. M. Plunkett 18 E 24th St NY, March 15th 1885". Watterson (1840-1921) won the two Pulitzer Prizes in 1918 and served a term in the US House of Representatives. In... Learn More
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  16. 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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  17. Fantasia of the Unconscious.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to E. M. Forster, inscribed by the author to E. M. Forster on the front free endpaper, "E.M., from D.H.L. Taos, 6 Nov 1922" and with Forster's "This book belongs to..." ticket. Forster and Lawrence met in 1915, when Forster visited Lawrence at Greatham, sharing "two hours... Learn More
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  18. 126329
    First and perhaps only edition of this wonderful promotional brochure touting the first manned extraterrestrial automotive vehicle. Extremely uncommon, no other copy traced. Developed by Boeing and General Motors, the LRV was an electric vehicle with four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, a rudimentary navigation system,... Learn More
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  19. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,
    First edition, "the earliest attempt to gather, interpret and discuss the remnants of older and local language as a contribution not only to the better understanding of the provincial communities, but to those antiquarian studies which were leading men to a knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic tongues" (Raven). This copy... Learn More
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  20. 121281
    First edition in English of Mémoire sur les expériences lithographiques (Toulon, 1819) "a manual which was to have considerable influence" (Twyman). Raucourt had been asked to set up a lithographic press at the École Royale des Ponts et Chaussées, the engineering school established in 1747, but as Michael Twyman explains,... Learn More
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  21. 87959
    First Russian-language edition of Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population, first published in English in 1798, one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. The translation was made by P. A. Bibikov, a historian, philosopher, and literary critic, who had already translated Smith's... Learn More
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  22. 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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    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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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    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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 126143
    First and limited edition, number 545 of 550 copies, of this handsome publication with Millais and Thorburn's wonderful designs superbly printed in coloured lithography and photogravure. The chromos were executed by Albert Frisch of Berlin. Frisch's early career was as a pioneering photographer in South America: "in 1875... Learn More
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  38. 98387
    First collected edition in French of the author's collected works. The first part is entirely devoted to electricity and includes previously unpublished pieces. Translated by Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg (1709-1779) from the fourth edition in the original English. A close friend of Franklin and his translator and publisher in... Learn More
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  39. 125015
    First edition of this glossary on bureaucratic matters by French archaeologist and writer Jacques Bouther de Perthes (1788-1868), who was one of the first to establish the presence of prehistoric man in Europe. Learn More
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  40. 125476
    First edition, extremely uncommon with two copies only on OCLC, Deutsches Museum, Munich, and North Carolina; the first edition of the first textbook of organic chemistry to be based on the theory of chemical structure. It is impossible to credit Alexander Mikhailovich Butlerov (1828-1886) as the sole discoverer of chemical... Learn More
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  41. 119271
    First edition of the author's second book, uniform with his Narrative of a Visit to the Australian Colonies, published the previous year. Backhouse (1794-1869) came from a prominent Quaker family of botanists and horticulturists with roots in Darlington, where his grandfather, also James, made the family fortune by establishing... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Carl Hempel on the front free endpaper: "To Peter, with affectionate regards, Ernest". An excellent association copy: Carl Gustav Hempel (1905-1997), known as "Peter" to his friends, was a German writer and philosopher, and a major figure in logical... Learn More
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  43. 115539
    First edition, first impression. From the author's library. This collection of 48 papers on Proteins, RNA and DNA was published as Volume 1 of the World Scientific Series in 20th-Century Biology. In his preface Sanger writes "I have selected what I consider to be my most important papers, most of which describe original... Learn More
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  44. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
    First edition. Presentation 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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114155

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  45. 119662
    First edition, first impression, accompanied by a piece of Jodrell Bank ephemera signed by the author. This, the British astronomer's survey of the history and development of space exploration, is an expansion of his lecture of the same name delivered at the University of Edinburgh on 6 March 1973.
    Jodrell Bank was the... Learn More
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  46. 114554
    First edition of the first significant publication of the Royal Bath and West of England Society, published three years after the society was founded. From the library of natural history collector William Constable (1721-1791), whose Cabinet of Curiosities was donated to Hull City Museums in the 1960s, with his armorial... Learn More
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  47. 120503
    First octavo edition, with the Willis and Sotheran reissue of volume VII (the Preface to volume I is dated 1852). The original folio edition of 1835-41 is described by Mullens and Swann as "one of our most valuable illustrated works on ornithology". Henry Leonard Meÿer involved his whole family in the production of his... Learn More
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  48. 120099
    First edition of Darwin's major treatise on agriculture. Darwin's "intention was to systematise agricultural knowledge, informed by his conviction that plants were inferior animals, providing a theoretical framework that could sustain better agricultural and horticultural practices" (ODNB). In this work he provides "a confident... Learn More
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  49. 115179
    First edition of one the great English books of the eighteenth century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Ency. Brit.) White's Selborne is arranged into three sequences of letters, those addressed to Pennant and to Barrington forming the natural history portion of the volume, the... Learn More
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  50. 114814
    Dissertation from the library of Frederick Sanger, who supervised the author's PhD research. Signed and dated by the author at the end of the acknowledgements. Learn More
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  51. 114810
    Dissertation from the library of two-time Nobel Prize winner Frederick Sanger, who supervised the author's PhD research. Signed by the author at the end of the acknowledgements. This is likely one of the earliest theses that Sanger oversaw, as he had only obtained his own PhD in 1943, about ten years earlier than Ryle would... Learn More
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  52. 119025
    Spruce was sent to South America..."> First edition. One of Wallace's later works was this edition of the botanical papers and diaries of his friend and co-Amazonian explorer Richard Spruce, who had died in 1894. "This work best reflects Spruce's gift for analysis, description, and narrative, along with his dry humour" (ODNB).
    Spruce was sent to South America... Learn More
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  53. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes
    Spruce had been sent to South..."> First edition. One of Wallace's later works was this edition of the botanical papers and diaries of his friend and co-Amazonian explorer Richard Spruce, who had died in 1894. "This work best reflects Spruce's gift for analysis, description, and narrative, along with his dry humour" (ODNB).
    Spruce had been sent to South... Learn More
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  54. 117719
    First edition, uncommon just 6 copies on Copac. Wickham (1846-1928), first visited South America in 1866, setting himself up as a dealer in bird plumage. He subsequently pieced together a living as a rubber dealer, sugar and tobacco planter. In 1872 he was taken on by Sir John Hooker as a plant collector, and was introduced... Learn More
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  55. 117391
    First edition, first printing, the fourth in the Burgess Books for Children series. A richly illustrated natural history book, it tells the story of a meadow mouse meeting animals that live by the shore, accompanied by detailed illustrations with the scientific names of the animals encountered. Learn More
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  56. 116419comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "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... Learn More
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    The Astonishing Hypothesis.

    London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Toronto: 1994

    First UK edition, first impression. British biochemist Francis Crick, together with James Watson, discovered the structure of DNA in 1953. In this volume, he grapples with some of the greatest scientific and philosophical questions about the connection between the human mind and body. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 115491

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  58. 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
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    Stock Code: 115175

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    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

    Stock Code: 115704

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  60. i1
    First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) "was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital... and was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital". The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as "much-overlooked... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 115567

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