Chemistry & Physics
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HOYT, Wilbur F. Manual of Qualitative Analysis: Reagent and Combustion Methods.
New York : 1913First edition, first printing. Wilbur F. Hoyt (1864-1930) "established a reputation as a prominent member of the teaching profession by writing numerous textbooks and scientific articles. He was a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, an active member of the National Education Association, and served as secretary of the Nebraska... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 141398
DUNLAP, Orrin Elmer. Radar.
New York : 1948Revised Edition, first published 1946. Loosely inserted at the front free endpaper is a single small sheet of thin, contemporary note paper with 2pp. of pencilled notes, headed "Written on train", alongside which is "Comments - GLs - on RADAR by ORRINE DUNLAP", followed by a sequence of none too complimentary comments, especially relating early US... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 140734
SCHRÖDINGER, Erwin. Statistical Thermodynamics.
Dublin : 1944Pre-publication hectographed typescript of Schrödinger's ground-breaking attempt "to develop briefly one simple, unified standard method" of dealing with all cases of statistical thermodynamics (General Introduction, p. 1). Printed in "a very small edition", it precedes the Cambridge University Press book-form edition of 1946, published for a wider... Learn More£2,200.00
Stock Code: 140666
HUBBLE, Edwin. Distribution of Luminosity in Elliptical Nebulae.
Washington, DC : 1930First separate edition. This article builds on Hubble's work at Mt. Wilson in 1923 and 24, in which he discovered that the Milky Way was not, as previously believed, the extent of the universe, but just one galaxy among many. Hubble had shown that many "nebulae" were in fact galaxies filled with stars, but at the time this paper was published it was... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 88480
ROBINSON, W. Heath. The Making of Asbestos-Cement Roofings.
No Place : [c. 1930]Rare first edition, first impression, of one of Robinson's commercial work, this one on asbestos, from its extraction to its transformation into roofing tiles, featuring some of the gadgets and contraptions for which he was to become famous. "Mr. W. Heath Robinson, the well-known artist, recently visited the works at Trafford Park, Manchester, and in... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 140698
CURIE, Marie. Traité de radioactivité.
Paris : 1910First edition of a milestone of 20th-century science. "Marie Curie's first major treatise is based upon her lectures at the Sorbonne as professor of physics. Almost 1,000 pages in length, the text is the most comprehensive summary of the period. Volume one treats measurements and laboratory practice and volume two describes the nature of radiations... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140286
GOEPPERT MAYER, Maria, & J. Hans D. Jensen. Elementary Theory of Nuclear Shell Structure.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing, of a classic text on nuclear shell structure. "The authors of this monograph shared the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics for the nuclear shell model of atomic nuclei. In addition to theoretical work, the book includes a large body of experimental data interpreted with the aid of the shell model. As the second author admitted... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140350
HEARDER, J. N. On A New Form of Telegraph Cable Intended to Reduce the Effects of Inductive Action.
May 1859Offprint from the Philosophical Magazine for May 1859. Jonathan Nash Hearder (1809-1879) was a Plymouth electrical engineer who contributed significantly to the development of the induction coil. In 1850 he was consulted on the Atlantic telegraph cable and proposed several improvements. This paper was read at the Plymouth Institution in 1859 and discusses... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 60890
HERTZ, Heinrich. Electric Waves.
London & New York : 1893First edition in English of Hertz's important series of papers on electromagnetic waves, originally published between 1887 and 1890, first published in this collected form in German in 1892. The papers include "experimental proof by Hertz of the Faraday-Maxwell hypothesis that electromagnetic waves can be projected through space" (PMM) and "Hertz's... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139652
CALDAS, Francisco José de. Ensayo de una memoria sobre un nuevo método de medir las montañas,
Burdeos : 1819First edition of the posthumously published work in which Caldas describes his principal scientific achievement, the discovery of a method for measuring altitude by the boiling point of pure water. Caldas (1768-1816), a self-taught scientist - and a lawyer and military engineer - from Popayán, New Granada, independently discovered the hypsometric principle... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 139366
BOYLE, Robert. The Works.
London : 1772A handsome collected edition of the works of the chemist Robert Boyle, attractively bound in contemporary russia, profusely illustrated with scientific diagrams, and here in very desirable condition. Lowndes calls this the "best edition"; the first collection of Boyle's works was published in 1699 under Richard Boulton's editorship, followed by Thomas... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 135989
DYSON, Freeman. Radiation Theories of Tomonaga, Schwinger, and Feynman.
Lancaster, PA and New York, NY : 1949First edition, first impression of the paper that demonstrated the equivalence between Richard Feynman's diagram-based approach to quantum electrodynamics and Julius Schwinger and Sinltiro Tomonaga's operator method approach. Both theories were presented for the first time at the Pocono Conference in April 1948, with Feynman and Schwinger going head-to-head,... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 86342
DYSON, Freeman. Radiation Theories of Tomonaga, Schwinger, and Feynman.
Lancaster, PA and New York, NY : 1949First editions, first impressions of the papers that demonstrated the equivalence between Richard Feynman's diagram-based approach to quantum electrodynamics and Julius Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga's operator method approach. Both theories were presented for the first time at the Pocono Conference in April 1948, with Feynman and Schwinger going... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 86336
(THERMOMETRY). OETTINGEN, A. J. von, editor. Abhandlungen uber Thermometrie von Fahrenheit, Reaumur, Celsius (1724, 1730-1733, 1742).
Leipzig : 1894First edition of this collection of treatises on thermometry, here published in German as volume 57 of Ostwald's "Classics of the Exact Sciences", series. The collection includes five papers by Fahrenheit, translated from the Philosophical Transactions of 1724, two papers by Réaumur on the construction of thermometers with comparable scales,... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 138421
CRICK, Francis. Of Molecules and Men.
Seattle : 1966First edition, first printing, signed by Francis Crick on the title page. The fifth book in the John Danz Lectures series, Of Molecules and Men expands on Crick's three lectures on vitalism delivered at the University of Washington in February and March 1966. Crick, co-discoverer of DNA with James Watson, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138557
FEYNMAN, Richard P. "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
New York & London : 1985First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title by Feynman to Alice Zorthian, daughter of Jirayr Zorthian, Feynman's close friend and artistic mentor, "To Alice Zorthian for Christmas 1985 Richard P. Feynman". Only two other signed copies of the first printing have appeared at auction, neither specifically inscribed to... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 136532
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
SMYTH, Henry DeWolf. A General Account of the Development of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes Under the Auspices of the United States Government 1940-1945.
Washington DC : 1945The lithoprint edition, the earliest obtainable edition of the Smyth Report, with the ownership inscription and ink stamps of the Manhattan Project's principal metallurgist Frank Foote (1906-1998), a member of the Physics Group headed by Enrico Fermi and one of the Project's leading scientists, "renowned for his contribution to the Manhattan Project... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 83329
(WORLD WAR I.) Ministry of Munitions of War. H.M. Factory, Gretna. Description of Plant and Process.
Dumfries : 1918First and only edition. The massive factory site, which included the two purpose-built townships of Gretna and Eastriggs, was established as a response to the Shell Crisis of 1915. The plant's product was cordite - a smokeless propellant explosive comprised of a mixture of nitro-glycerine and nitro-cellulose, or gun cotton, and described by Sir Arthur... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 79783
DUCREST, [Charles Louis,] marquis de. Essais sur les Machines Hydrauliques,
Paris : 1777First edition. On hydraulics, the construction of hydraulic machines, and shipbuilding, illustrated with a fine set of technical illustrations, this work includes the general principles of the resistance of fluids, and of the mechanics of paddle-wheels and their application in mills and pumps. One chapter is devoted to the resistance of fluids against... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 68900
(NEWTON, Isaac.) HARRISON, John. The Library of Isaac Newton.
1978First edition. Painstaking reconstruction of the original contents of Newton's library including current locations of those items subject to the 1920 dispersal. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 39187
[DU PUGET, Edme Jean Antoine] Essai sur l'Usage de l'Artillerie, dans la Guerre de Campagne & dans celle de Sieges. Par un Officier du Corps.
1771First editions, both uncommon. Of the first named, Copac has only the Bodleian and British Library copies, OCLC has nine locations and also a number of MS copies, including one made as late as 1812 held by Princeton. Of the second, COPAC lists just the BL, and OCLC locates six and one copy bound together as here. Du Puget exercised considerable influence... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 38650
PLAT, Hugh. The Jewel House of Art and Nature:
London : 1653Revised edition, expanded from its first appearance in 1594 under the same title, the second overall. The "most significant book" (ODNB) of the inventor Hugh Plat (1552-1608), The Jewel House is an extraordinary handbook of experiments, recipes, and how-to-guides, ranging from the useful (putting out chimney fires, killing vermin), to the suspicious... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137766
AGRICOLA, Georgius. De re metallica, libri XII:
Basel : 1556First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 1525-1572) or, less commonly, Blasius Weffring.... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 80925
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
FRANKLIN, Rosalind E., & R. G. Gosling. Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate.
London : 1953First edition, offprint issue, of crystallographer Rosalind Franklin's groundbreaking research paper contributing to the identification of the double helix structure of DNA, the most revolutionary discovery in the fields of molecular biology and all other life sciences, appearing alongside equally landmark articles by James Watson, Francis Crick, and... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 126905
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
SHOCKLEY, William. Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors.
New York : 1950First 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 for generating dislocations... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 132838
ASTON, F. W. Isotopes.
London : 1922First 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 composed of atoms of varying... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 132759
RUTHERFORD, Ernest, James Chadwick, & C. D. Ellis. Radiations from Radioactive Substances.
Cambridge : 1930First 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 concise account of the whole... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 131167
BELL, Jocelyn; A. Hewish; J. D. H. Pilkington; P. F. Scott; R. A. Collins. Observation of a Rapidly Pulsating Radio Source.
London : 1968First edition, the extremely rare offprint, of the landmark paper which announced the discovery of pulsars, co-authored by British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell and her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, and three others; with a meaningful provenance, being bound eleventh in a volume of related offprints from the library of the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131009
GODDARD, Robert H. Rockets.
New York : 1946First 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, the father of modern rocket... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 130701
(CRICK, Francis.) Bourne, Geoffrey. Cytology and Cell Physiology.
Oxford : 1945Francis 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 published before the 1953 paradigm... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 130399
(JOULE, James Prescott.) GRAHAM, Thomas. Chemical and Physical Researches.
Edinburgh : 1876First 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, with their marks. Graham (1805-1869)... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 130394
EINSTEIN, Albert. A fine collection of eleven offprints, including two distinguished as some of his major works: Zur affinen Feldtheorie and Einheitliche Theorie von Gravitation und Elektrizität.
Berlin : 1921-31First separate editions, rare, comprising eleven of Einstein's papers written for the Prussian Academy of Sciences journal, Sitzungsberichte, including two distinguished as some of his major worksZur affinen Feldtheorie (1923) and Einheitliche Theorie von Gravitation und Elektrizität (1931), both asterisked in Weil and included in the Norman Librarythree... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 130099
ROHAULT, Jacques. Tractatus Physicus
London : 1682First London edition, following the Geneva Latin edition of 1674; originally published as Traité de physique (Paris: Charles Savreux, 1671). This edition is dedicated to the physician Thomas Short (1635-1685); Pepys owned a copy (item 1278 in the catalogue of his library). Through the English version of the theologian and philosopher Samuel Clarke... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 127068
MØLLER, Christian. The Theory of Relativity.
Oxford : 1952First edition, first impression. Danish theoretical physicist Christian Møller (1904-1980) intended this book to be a textbook on relativity and to clearly lay out the theories of general and special relativity. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 125579
BUTLEROV, Aleksandr Mikhailovich. Vvedenie k polnomu izucheniyu organicheskoy khimii (Introduction to the Complete Study of Organic Chemistry).
Kazan : 1864First edition, extremely uncommon with two copies only on OCLC, Deutsches Museum, Munich, and North Carolina; the first edition of the first textbook of organic chemistry to be based on the theory of chemical structure. It is impossible to credit Alexander Mikhailovich Butlerov (1828-1886) as the sole discoverer of chemical structure: the Scot Archibald... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 125476
COMPTON, Arthur Holly. X-Rays and Electrons.
New York : 1926First US edition, first printing, of the Nobel Prize-winning author's first book, scarce in such bright, fresh condition and with the dust jacket, which is rarely seen in commerce. "In his early days at Princeton, Compton devised an elegant method for demonstrating the Earth's rotation, but he was soon to begin his studies in the field of X-rays. He... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 119916
DAVY, Sir Humphry. Six Discourses delivered before The Royal Society.
London : 1827First edition of this series of lectures from the British chemist, famous for his invention of a miner's safety lamp, including his 1820 inaugural lecture on the progress of science. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 116704
NICOL, D. S. H. W. The Biological Activity of Insulin Peptides.
Cambridge : 1958The doctoral dissertation of the eminent physician, polymath, and UN delegate Davidson Nicol. Inscribed from the author to his Cambridge mentor Frederick Sanger on the front free endpaper, "To Fred Sanger, with many thanks for your help and inspiration over this work, from, Davidson Nicol. Return address: University College of Sierra Leone, Freetown".... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 114809
RYLE, Andrew Peter. Chemical Studies on some Disulphides of Biological Interest.
Cambridge : 1955Dissertation from the library of two-time Nobel Prize winner Frederick Sanger, who supervised the author's PhD research. Signed by the author at the end of the acknowledgements. This is likely one of the earliest theses that Sanger oversaw, as he had only obtained his own PhD in 1943, about ten years earlier than Ryle would have joined his lab. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 114810
WILLIAMS, John. A Study of Some Egg Proteins.
Cambridge : 1962Dissertation from the library of Frederick Sanger, who supervised the author's PhD research. Signed and dated by the author at the end of the acknowledgements. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 114814
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
GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
Liège : 1760Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in Belgium "at the start of his... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 113696
MINKOWSKI, Hermann. Raum und Zeit.
Leipzig and Berlin : 1909First separate edition, first printing, of Minkowski's revolutionary paper which "introduced the notion that made possible the expansion of the relativity theory of Einstein from its specific (1905) to its general form (1916). The technical description of Minkowki's hypothesis is the four-dimensional space-time continuum." (PMM). The lecture was read... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 112561
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
BOYLE, Robert. Medicina Hydrostatica: or, Hydrostaticks Applyed to the Materia Medica.
London : 1690First edition of "the first tract in English upon the determination of specific gravity" (Fulton, p.128). At the end is "A catalogue of the philosophical books and tracts, written by the Honourable Robert Boyle Esq." (Wing B3928A) at end, which has been marked by a contemporary hand. Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 108077
DINSDALE, Alfred, & J. A. Fleming. Television.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, of the first book in English on television. This volume covers all aspects of early television and was written, as the author put it in the preface to the second edition, "in a popular, non-technical manner, with the object of interesting the man in the street". Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 103484
GOULD, Stephen Jay. Ontogeny and Phylogeny.
Cambridge, MA & London : 1977First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), a professor of zoology and paleontology at Harvard, was a leading light among biologists at the end of the previous century. His development of the theory of punctuated equilibria, the argument that evolution occurs in rapid bursts of speciation separated by long... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 101441
FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Œuvres.
Paris : 1773First collected edition in French of the author's collected works. The first part is entirely devoted to electricity and includes previously unpublished pieces. Translated by Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg (1709-1779) from the fourth edition in the original English. A close friend of Franklin and his translator and publisher in France, Barbeu-Dubourg was also... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 98387
SODDY, Frederick. The Interpretation of the Atom.
London : 1932First and only edition of Soddy's Interpretation of the Atom, a major revision of his Interpretation of Radium, which first published in 1909, and had been out of print since the fourth edition of 1922. Soddy was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his investigations into the origin and nature of isotopes. Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 95939
VON NEUMANN, John. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
Urbana : 1966First edition, first printing. The contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, and present Neumann's final conception of the theory of automata. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial and natural automata, as well as the logical design of a self-reproducing cellular... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 91541
DOWDING, G. V., ed. Book of Practical Television.
London : 1935First edition, first impression. A lovely copy, rare in the dust jacket. This detailed and copiously illustrated volume covers in-depth the early history and technology of the television, with numerous practical examples and instructional diagrams. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 87832
GOULD, Stephen J. The Panda's Thumb. More Reflections in Natural History.
New York : 1980First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half title, "To Larry Owens, Stephen Jay Gould". A lovely copy. The Panda's Thumb was the second collection of essays from Gould's long-running Natural History Magazine column. It won the National Book Award in Science for 1981. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 87640
MANDELBROT, Benoit B. The Fractal Geometry of Nature.
San Francisco : 1982First revised edition, first printing. Inscribed by Mandelbrot on the half title, "To Richard Garwin, with the compliments of Benoit Mandelbrot, Au 17, 1982". A beautiful copy of this volume, substantially revised from the original 1977 publication titled Fractals. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 87142
OPPENHEIMER, Robert J. Notes on the Theory of the Interaction of Field and Matter.
Lancaster, PA, & New York, NY : 1930Rare offprint of the paper which pointed out that the quantum electrodynamics of the time led to false predictions of the frequency of the absorption and emission spectra of atoms. This led directly to the breakdown of theory and the revolutionary work in quantum electrodynamics by Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 86339
LLOYD, Seth. A Potentially Realizable Quantum Computer.
Washington D. C. : 1993First edition of the first paper proposing a technologically feasible quantum computer. Author Seth Lloyd (1960- ) is a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and a pioneer in the realm of complex information systems. Quantum computers, which utilise quantum phenomena rather than circuits to store and manipulate data, were introduced on a theoretical... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 86340