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  1. 118817
    First edition, second impression (first 1946), of the Nobel prizewinner's development of "one simple, unified standard method, capable of dealing, without changing the fundamental attitude, with all cases (classical, quantum, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, etc.) and with every new problem that may arise" (Introduction). Learn More
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  2. 126501
    First edition of the Italian polymath's enormously successful work, Newtonianism for Ladies, 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). It is remarkably scarce; OCLC locates just two copies, both at the... Learn More
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  3. 124621comp
    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.
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  4. 130989comp
    First edition, first impression, with a significant association; inscribed by Curie to the French journalist Yvonne Sarcey, using her true name, "A Madame Madeleine Brisson M. Curie", on the front free endpaper. In this scarce and little known work by the Nobel Prize-winner Curie lays out the importance of medical radiology... Learn More
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  5. 130618
    First edition, first impression, in a presentation binding identical to that used for the copy presented to Queen Elizabeth II on the first day of her trip to Ceylon in April 1954. This copy is signed by the binder, J. Langham, on the second blank, with a photograph of the copy presented to the Queen on the half-title. Dorothy... Learn More
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  6. 130311
    First and only edition. Sarah Hoare (1777-1856), daughter of a wealthy Quaker merchant, "taught the daughters of Quakers in Ireland for many years", before settling up in Bristol "where she published her poetical works on botany and continued to teach the daughters of Friends" (George, Botany, Sexuality and Women's Writing,... Learn More
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 127487
    First edition, first impression. In this richly illustrated work Wolff "attempts to demonstrate an unexpectedly close correlation between the detailed configuration of the hand and the outstanding traits forming the personality complex of the owner of the hands" (Schultz, p. 479). To do this she analyses the palms of numerous... Learn More
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 123639
    Second edition, "in English only"; the first edition was published the previous year with the text in English and French in parallel columns. Both editions were self-published and printed and bound to an unusually high standard given the subject matter and purpose of the text; Dr Alexi Baker, who works on Cambridge University's... Learn More
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  13. 120674
    First UK edition, first impression, rare in the dust jacket, especially in such nice condition, and with an interesting female provenance, being from the library of Letitia Fairfield, the first female Chief Medical Officer for London and a pioneer of women's and children's health, with her signature to the front free endpaper.... Learn More
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  14. 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, first printing, the dedication copy, inscribed by both editors to Carl Gustav Hempel on the front free endpaper: "To Peter, With many thanks for everything you have done for us and for the field. Philip & Wes", dated January 1990. With a number of pencil and ink annotations - predominately underlining and... 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 116006
    First edition, by John Ellis, F.R.S., Agent for the Island of Dominica, written with the aims of "the promotion of science, national advantage, and the prosperity of the Island for which I have the honour to be Agent. The description of Coffee, with the exact delineation of all its parts, together with the History of its... Learn More
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  24. 116785
    First edition thus, first printing, of this scarce pamphlet. First published in the periodical The American Neptune in 1944, it was later reprinted in Fuller's 1963 anthology Ideas and Integrities. This pamphlet includes the "World Map on Dymaxion Projection" as well as Fuller's patent for it, which was granted on 29 January... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  32. 131068
    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 special theory... Learn More
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 131167
    First edition, first impression, in the notably uncommon dust jacket. Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) was a pioneer in the study of nuclear physics, the discoverer of the structure of the atom and the first scientist to split the atom. This work updates his 1913 work Radioactive Substances and their Radiations (a... Learn More
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  36. 120686
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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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    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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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