Astronomy and Cosmology
(GALILEI, Galileo.) SALUSBURY, Thomas, trans. Mathematical Collections and Translations:
London : 1661First 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
HARRISON, John. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.
London : 1767First 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 an... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 138402
[TURNER, Robert.] Astrological Institutions.
London : 1658First edition of this illustrated astrological manual, explaining the influence of the planets and their alignments, and how to use astrology to answer questions such as whether a woman is with child, whether her husband is really the father, whether a disease shall be fatal, whether stolen goods will be returned, whether a legal trial will fall in... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 139144
HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.
New York : 1988First US edition, the suppressed first printing, published simultaneously with the UK edition on 1 April 1988. The first printing was recalled from shops due to a number of errors: it lacks the contents and dedication pages, and figures 2.5 and 2.6 on page 27 are reversed. The dust jacket was also changed, with that of the suppressed printing being... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138762
DYSON, Sir Frank Watson. Autograph letter signed, to Hugh Frank Newall, on astrophotography.
London : 1926Two 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 print... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 126210
NEWELL, Homer E. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.
New York, Toronto, London : 1958First 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
HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.
London : 1988First 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
SAGAN, Carl, & Ann Druyan. Comet.
New York : 1985First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Sagan "For Steve, Brave man, wise owl, with our fond regard to you and Deborah. Carl and Ann", Druyan penned the "and Ann".
The recipient was American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science, Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), with his book label loosely inserted.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136562
HALDANE, J. B. S. My Friend Mr Leakey.
London : 1937First 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
HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.
London : 1988First 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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133287
BURGESS, James. Notes on Hindu Astronomy and the History of our Knowledge of it.
Hertford : 1893An 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. OCLC locates... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 132960
FILCHNER, Wilhelm. ...A Scientist in Tartary: from the Hoang-ho to the Indus
London : 1939First 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
(APOLLO SPACE PROGRAM.) Spacecraft with Wheels: the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
Seattle, WA & Huntsville, AL. : 1971First 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
WELLS, Edward. The Young Gentleman's Astronomy, Chronology, and Dialling,
London : 1712First edition of Wells's three treatises on the mathematical elements of geography, written to enable students to "become Masters of the most useful and easy Elements of the liberal Arts and Sciences" (Preface). Composed by the Church of England clergyman and educationist Edward Wells (1667-1727), the texts provide simple instructions on how to calculate... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 121177
PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. Quadripartitum, translated by Plato Tiburtinus.
Venice : 1484First 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
(FOX, Sidney W., ed.) The Origins of Prebiological Systems
New York and London : 1965First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the editor to NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr on the front free endpaper, "22 February 1965, To Dr. Homer Newell with compliments, Sidney W. Fox". A fine association for this collection of studies on the origin of life, conducted partly under the auspices of NASA. Dr Homer E. Newell... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 114398
ROSEN, Milton W. The Viking Rocket Story.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing, Viking Hall commemoration presentation copy from the library of NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr, signed by the author and head of the Viking Project, as well as by 12 other persons involved in the Viking project including J. Preston Layton, Lt. Comdr. W. Pat Murphy, W. Paul Smith and William G. Purdy, all of whom... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 114401
FRISI, Paolo. Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri.
Milan : 1778First collected edition, scarce: not in Copac, OCLC 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... The... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 110130
(BRAHE, Tycho.) SAYILI, Aydın. Tycho Brahe Sistemi Hakkında XVII. Asır Başlarına Ait Far[s]ça Bir Yazma.
Ankara : 1958Offprint from the Annual Review of the Institute of Archaelogy at the University of Ankara, describing a manuscript in the Vatican Library (MS Vat. Pers. 9), namely a 1631 copy of renowned explorer Pietro della Valle's Persian translation of a short pamphlet by one Christophoros Borrus, a Milanese Jesuit and astronomer, defending the planetary system... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 104031