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  1. 132700
    First edition of the first book on shells to be illustrated with aquatint plates, one of the finest conchological works of the 19th century, this copy with exquisite original hand-colouring; letterpress watermarked "W. Turner & Son", plates with no discernible watermarks; early issue of the index leaf, bearing Bulmer's imprint... Learn More
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  2. 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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  3. 118607
    First edition, first printing of the professor of astronomy's groundbreaking work on scientific computation. "Eckert had become aware of the possibilities of punched-card calculation through visits to the IBM-Columbia University Statistical Bureau, established in 1939; he was also probably inspired by reports from the American... Learn More
    £550

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  4. 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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  5. 129065
    First edition under this title, first published in 1789 as "The Bee-master's Companion and Assistant". James Bonner "who was Bee-Master at Auchencrow, near Berwick-on-Tweed, was the most able and the best known of Scottish bee-men" (British Bee Books, p. 99). Bonner appeals to the Scottish landed gentry to cultivate bee-hives,... 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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    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
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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. 120367
    Sixth edition, third issue, marked as the "thirteenth 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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  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. 132836
    First edition, first printing, of the first treatise on how to build an electronic digital computer. An important contribution to computing literature in its own right, it also provided some of the most complete bibliographies available on the subject at the time. Charles Brown Tompkins, a pioneering academic in the fields... Learn More
    £750

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  12. 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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  13. 129931
    Sixth edition, fifth issue, marked as the "fifteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition, and the first to feature the word "evolution", a term first used by Darwin in the Descent of Man in 1871. Darwin continually made revisions to the text of the Origin for new editions; this sixth... Learn More
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  14. 129932
    Sixth edition, fifth issue, marked as the "fifteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition, and the first to feature the word "evolution", a term first used by Darwin in the Descent of Man in 1871. Darwin continually made revisions to the text of the Origin for new editions; this sixth... Learn More
    £1,850

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  15. 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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  16. 132759
    First edition, first impression, of Aston's key work on isotopes, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1922. Aston, building on the work of J. J. Thomson at Cambridge, developed modern mass spectrograph technology to investigate inconsistencies in the atomic weights of elements. He discovered that "the elements are... Learn More
    £375

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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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  18. 132734
    Sixth edition, thirty-seventh thousand. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition, and the first to feature the word "evolution", a term first used by Darwin in the Descent of Man in 1871. Darwin continually made revisions to the text of the Origin for new editions; this sixth edition featured a new chapter, chapter... Learn More
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  19. 132736
    First US edition of the "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). This is the second issue with three quotations on the verso of the half-title. The text is that of the first UK edition, published the previous year. Learn More
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  20. 127701
    A high quality facsimile of Nightingale's annual address for 1881 to the nurses and probationers of the Nightingale School at St Thomas's Hospital, privately printed and given to those in attendance, this particular letter ruminating on the definition of being a woman in the medical field. "These addresses were usually read... Learn More
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    Third edition (first 1916), signed by the author on the title page, and from the library of George Salt (1903-2003), entomologist and fellow of King's College Cambridge from 1939 until his death in 2003, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper and rear pastedown, and his pencilled annotations to the text.... Learn More
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  22. 130075
    Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, pp. 889-90). In 1829 Ricord (1788-1865) opened a seminary for young women in Geneva, New York, where she directed..."> First edition of "the first American philosophy and psychology textbook written by a woman and the first book-length academic work to explicitly address gender" (Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, pp. 889-90). In 1829 Ricord (1788-1865) opened a seminary for young women in Geneva, New York, where she directed... Learn More
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  23. 132432
    First American edition, first printing, published a few months after the edition published in Paris by Hermann et Cie. in printed wrappers. This book by the American mathematician and philosopher Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) saw the first public introduction of the term "cybernetics". Conceived narrowly, cybernetics is the... Learn More
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  24. 126501
    In this important contribution to..."> First edition of the Italian polymath's enormously successful work, here in a well-preserved contemporary vellum binding, arguably the most famous example of a Newtonian text aimed at a female readership and "a landmark in the popularisation of Newtonian philosophy" (Mazzotti, p. 119).
    In this important contribution to... 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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  26. 129525
    First separate edition of the most important early paper in the history of computing, remarkably rare; from the library of Horsley Towers, at one time the seat of the Lovelace family. Ada and her husband William, 1st Earl of Lovelace, took up residence at the estate of East Horsley Park in 1846. Extensive renovations nearly... Learn More
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    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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  28. 125391
    ODNB) of the traveller and working-class nurse Betsi Davis's colourful life. It is notably scarce in commerce we can trace just one copy at auction, in 2017 and somewhat uncommon institutionally, Copac locating ten copies, OCLC adding a further four institutions..."> First edition of the "full and fascinating account" (ODNB) of the traveller and working-class nurse Betsi Davis's colourful life. It is notably scarce in commerce we can trace just one copy at auction, in 2017 and somewhat uncommon institutionally, Copac locating ten copies, OCLC adding a further four institutions... Learn More
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  29. 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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    First edition of the first treatise on the subject to be published in English. Molyneux, who has a claim to be considered the founder of modern science in Ireland, based his book on his discourses to the Dublin Philosophical Society delivered between 1683 and 1686 on the illusion of the different magnitudes of the horizontal... Learn More
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  31. 131927
    Rare and very attractive half-length portrait of the great German naturalist, explorer and botanist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the finest and most impressive version from the oil by Emma Gaggiotti Richards, an oval head-and-shoulders portrait, the original of which is at the Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie... Learn More
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  32. In Defence of Sensuality.
    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front free endpaper. Learn More
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  33. 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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  34. 129763
    First edition. "John Harris, clergyman, mathematician, and (from 1709) secretary of the Royal Society, produced the first English encyclopaedia arranged in alphabetical order. He was the earliest lexicographer to distinguish between a word-book (dictionary, in modern parlance) and a subject-book (encyclopaedia proper), thereby... Learn More
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  35. 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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  36. 129127
    Later edition of the Italian translation, first published in Latin in 1583, with the Italian translation following in 1586. Christopher Clavius (1538-1612) was a German Jesuit astronomer and mathematician. "Clavius was an excellent teacher of mathematics, and his textbooks were models of good arrangement. This work is an... Learn More
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  37. Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte
    Very rare first edition of Kant's first book. "In his early years Kant pondered the nature of space and time first from the point of view of Leibniz and then of Newton, but eventually he found both positions unsatisfactory. In his Thoughts on the true estimation of Living Forces the present work he took Leibniz's view and... Learn More
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  38. 127810
    First separate edition of the most important early paper in the history of computing, remarkably rare, this copy with an especially pertinent association, being from the library of Ada Lovelace's early tutor in mathematics, Dr William King, in a handsome contemporary red morocco binding with "Lovelace" lettered in gilt to... Learn More
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  39. 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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  40. 131433
    First US edition, first printing. This work provides an academic expansion of Wolff's 1936 work Studies in Hand Reading, in which she examined the possibility of "a close correlation between the detailed configuration of the hand and the outstanding traits forming the personality complex of the owner of the hands"... Learn More
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  41. 130612
    First edition, first impression. Dorothy Fernando (1907-1981) was an active horticulturist born in Panadura, Sri Lanka. She developed her technique in botanical watercolours by illustrating articles on the indigenous orchid flora for her brother-in-law, and avid orchid grower, Ernest Soysa. In the late 1940s she travelled... Learn More
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  42. 131571
    Presentation edition, with a copy presented to every exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851; trade editions were also produced. The book is a key contemporary document for the Exhibition, giving the jury awards and details of the thirty categories of exhibit, and was selected in Printing and the Mind of Man as the representative... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. The Human Use of Human Beings was Wiener's effort to produce a popular exposition of his ideas as first expressed in Cybernetics (1948), which was "the first conventionally published book, rather than a technical report, to include a serious... Learn More
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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 120686
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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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    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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 129359
    First edition, of Julia Stephen's discussion of good nursing practice. The work demonstrates "a fine attention to detail - and 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... Learn More
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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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