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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. 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

  2. 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 an... Learn More
    £100,000.00

    Stock Code: 138402

  3. Astrological Institutions.
    [TURNER, Robert.] Astrological Institutions.

    London : 1658

    First 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

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

    New York : 1988

    First 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

  5. 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 print... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 126210

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Comet.
    SAGAN, Carl, & Ann Druyan. Comet.

    New York : 1985

    First 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

  9. 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

  10. 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. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 133287

  11. 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. OCLC locates... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132960

  12. ...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

  13. 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

  14. The Young Gentleman's Astronomy, Chronology, and Dialling,
    WELLS, Edward. The Young Gentleman's Astronomy, Chronology, and Dialling,

    London : 1712

    First 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

  15. 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

  16. The Origins of Prebiological Systems
    (FOX, Sidney W., ed.) The Origins of Prebiological Systems

    New York and London : 1965

    First 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

  17. The Viking Rocket Story.
    ROSEN, Milton W. The Viking Rocket Story.

    New York : 1955

    First 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

  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 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

  19. Tycho Brahe Sistemi Hakkında XVII. Asır Başlarına Ait Far[s]ça Bir Yazma.
    (BRAHE, Tycho.) SAYILI, Aydın. Tycho Brahe Sistemi Hakkında XVII. Asır Başlarına Ait Far[s]ça Bir Yazma.

    Ankara : 1958

    Offprint 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

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