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Astronomy and Cosmology

Rare books and first editions, including copies in fine bindings, concerning Astronomy and Cosmology.

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  1. The Amateur Astronomer.
    MOORE, Patrick. The Amateur Astronomer.

    London : 1957

    First edition, first impression, issued the same year that Moore's programme The Sky at Night was first broadcast.

    Patrick Moore (1923-2012) was an astronomer, broadcaster, and presenter of The Sky at Night for 55 years, from 1957 until his death. His "enthusiasm for astronomy was infectious", and the programme "drew large audiences of amateur... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 146471

  2. Opticks: or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light.
    NEWTON, Isaac. Opticks: or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light.

    London : 1730

    Fourth edition, the final and definitive edition, revised by Newton and published three years after his death. The Opticks, first published in 1704, heralded a revolution in the scientific understanding of visible light. "All previous philosophers and mathematicians had been sure that white light is pure and simple, regarding colours as modifications... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 141301

  3. Circular. The Great Auroral Exhibition of August 28th to September 4th 1859.
    LOOMIS, Elias. Circular. The Great Auroral Exhibition of August 28th to September 4th 1859.

    New Haven : 1859

    Seemingly unrecorded appeal from Elias Loomis (1811-1889), the eminent American mathematician - at the time Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of the City of New York - requesting information regarding the spectacular appearance of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights during the summer of 1859.

    As Loomis notes in the preamble to this... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140209

  4. Problema poleta pri pomoshchi raketnykh apparatov: Sbornik statei pod red. M.K. Tikhonravova.
    ROCKETRY - ZANDER, Friedrich. Problema poleta pri pomoshchi raketnykh apparatov: Sbornik statei pod red. M.K. Tikhonravova.

    Moscow : 1947

    First and only edition of this important collection of articles by rocketry pioneer Friedrich Zander (Fridrikh Arturovich Tsander; 1887-1933), edited by a prominent co-worker at Group for the Study of Reactive Motion (Gruppa Isutcheniya Reaktivniya Dvisheniya - GIRD). Zander perfected the Soviet Union's first liquid propelled rocket GIRD-X, which was... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143547

  5. Gnomonices libri octo, in quibus non solum horologiorum solarium, sed aliarum quoque rerum.
    CLAVIUS, Christopher. Gnomonices libri octo, in quibus non solum horologiorum solarium, sed aliarum quoque rerum.

    Rome : 1581

    First edition of this "substantial work which summarises all that was known about sundials at the time. It formed the foundation used by all makers of sundials until well into the 17th century" (Tomash & Williams). The annotations to this copy, in a pleasing contemporary vellum binding, offer a particularly nice example of early scholarship on the subject.

    Often... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 142710

  6. Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes.
    WEBB, Thomas William. Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes.

    London : 1859

    First edition, a lovely copy in the original cloth, of the classic guide that served as the standard text for amateur astronomers into the 20th century.

    The Reverend Thomas William Webb (1807-1885) spent much of his career as the Curate and Vicar of Hardwick in Herefordshire. A devoted servant of his parish, he was also a member of the Royal... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 142538

  7. Annuaire pour l'an 1842,
    ARAGO, François. Annuaire pour l'an 1842,

    Paris : 1842

    Second edition, the only procurable one, presentation copy inscribed by Arago on the title page to "James Watt, de la part de son ami F. Arago". The recipient is James Watt (17691848), son of the renowned Scottish inventor of the same name for whom Arago wrote his Historical Eloge, which was read at the Academy of Sciences in 1834.

    The French... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141018

  8. Mathematical Collections and Translations:
    GALILEI, Galileo; SALUSBURY, Thomas, trans. Mathematical Collections and Translations:

    London : 1661

    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 today as the Letter to Christina),... Learn More
    £50,000.00

    Stock Code: 128763

  9. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.
    HARRISON, John. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.

    London : 1767

    First edition of the primary account of the invention of the marine chronometer, which revolutionized the science of navigation. "There was no comparable advance in navigational aids until the development of radar in the twentieth century" (Norman).

    In 1714, the Board of Longitude offered a substantial reward of 20,000 to anyone who could find... Learn More
    £100,000.00

    Stock Code: 138402

  10. Autograph letter signed, to Hugh Frank Newall, on astrophotography.
    DYSON, Sir Frank Watson. Autograph letter signed, to Hugh Frank Newall, on astrophotography.

    London : 1926

    Two page autograph letter by Astronomer Royal Sir Frank Watson Dyson (1868-1939) to fellow astronomer Hugh Frank Newall, director of the Solar Physics Observatory at Cambridge, on the practical details of a joint astro-photography project. With pencilled notes by the recipient in reply to Dyson's questions.

    "My dear Newall, I enclose a specimen... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 126210

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

    New York, Toronto, London : 1958

    First edition, first printing, the author's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Scarce. This layman's guide to rocket science, rocket warfare and the incipient space age comes from the library of the author, Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983). Newell was a mathematics professor and author who became a powerful US government... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 114393

  12. A Brief History of Time.
    HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.

    London : 1988

    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.

    Loosely inserted... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 137407

  13. My Friend Mr Leakey.
    HALDANE, J. B. S. My Friend Mr Leakey.

    London : 1937

    First edition of this collection of fantasy stories for children by the eminent British scientist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892-1964). Haldane was chiefly distinguished for his work in genetics, but also contributed to many other fields of science, ranging from cosmology to the physiology of diving. His intention in writing the book about Mr Leakey,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 134918

  14. Notes on Hindu Astronomy and the History of our Knowledge of it.
    BURGESS, James. Notes on Hindu Astronomy and the History of our Knowledge of it.

    Hertford : 1893

    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 principal star. WorldCat locates... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132960

  15. ...A Scientist in Tartary: from the Hoang-ho to the Indus
    FILCHNER, Wilhelm. ...A Scientist in Tartary: from the Hoang-ho to the Indus

    London : 1939

    First English edition following the German of the previous year. Well represented institutionally, but decidedly uncommon on the market. "English translation of Bismillah!: Vom Huang-ho zum Indus. Wilhelm Filchner, scientist and explorer, at the age of 21 participated in his first expedition (1900), which led him to Russia. In 190305 made an expedition... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132910

  16. Spacecraft with Wheels: the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
    APOLLO SPACE PROGRAM. Spacecraft with Wheels: the Lunar Roving Vehicle.

    Seattle, WA & Huntsville, AL. : 1971

    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, airless tyres, and a theoretical... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 126329

  17. Quadripartitum, translated by Plato Tiburtinus.
    PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. Quadripartitum, translated by Plato Tiburtinus.

    Venice : 1484

    First edition in Latin. Ptolemy's treatise on astrology, the Tetrabiblos, was the most popular astrological work of antiquity and also enjoyed great influence in the Islamic world and the medieval Latin West. The translation was made from Arabic to Latin in 1138 by Plato of Tivoli, the 12th-century Italian mathematician, astronomer and translator who... Learn More
    £47,500.00

    Stock Code: 119247

  18. Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri.
    FRISI, Paolo. Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri.

    Milan : 1778

    First collected edition, scarce: not in Library Hub, WorldCat locates ten copies. Paolo Frisi (1728-1784) was an Italian mathematician, astronomer and physicist who is best know for his work in hydraulics. "His most significant contributions to science, however, were in the compilation, interpretation, and dissemination of the work of other scientists...... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 110130

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