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Rare and first edition books in the fields of Mathematics including navigation, philosophy, history and mathematical development.

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

    New York : 1988

    First US edition, second issue, of this masterpiece of scientific popularization; an impeccably provenanced copy, with Hawking's thumbprint signature on the title page and a typed letter signed on Hawking's Cambridge stationery from his assistant Andrew Dunn, gifting the book for Christmas 1989 and discussing textual differences between the printings... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 137757

  2. 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... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141018

  3. Principles of the Theory of Probability.
    NAGEL, Ernest. Principles of the Theory of Probability.

    Chicago : 1939

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead on the front free endpaper: "To Professor A. N. Whitehead with the esteem of Ernest Nagel". The English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) was a seminal figure in process philosophy, and together with Bertrand Russell, wrote... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 132994

  4. Recueil des ouvrages de M. de Haute-Feuille. Contenant plusieurs Decouvertes & Inventions nouvelles dans la Physique & dans les Mechaniques.
    HAUTEFEUILLE, Jean de. Recueil des ouvrages de M. de Haute-Feuille. Contenant plusieurs Decouvertes & Inventions nouvelles dans la Physique & dans les Mechaniques.

    Paris : 1694

    First collected edition of Hautefeuille's works, with some additional pamphlets bound in. The note at the front of the book reads as follows: "Mr Jean de Hautefeuille auteur de ce Recueil, ecclesiastique du Diocese d'Orleans, de l'Academie des Sciences, Belles Lettres, et arts de Bordeaux, Pensionnaire du Roy Louis XIV et Louis XV est mort le mercredi... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 133476

  5. Logic Without Metaphysics.
    NAGEL, Ernest. Logic Without Metaphysics.

    Glencoe, Illinois : 1956

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Carl Hempel on the front free endpaper: "To Peter, with affectionate regards, Ernest". An excellent association copy: Carl Gustav Hempel (1905-1997), known as "Peter" to his friends, was a German writer and philosopher, and a major figure in logical empiricism. Willard Van... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 122872

  6. The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea or Land:
    MACKAY, Andrew. The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea or Land:

    London : 1793

    First edition of this important and scarce work. The Scottish teacher of navigation, Andrew Mackay (1758-1809), "corrected the latitude of Aberdeen, estimated the longitude by comparing timings of Jovian satellite phenomena with Greenwich, and rated chronometers. Meantime he earned his living teaching mathematics, geography, navigation with lunars,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 119448

  7. A Survey of Mathematical Logic.
    HAO, Wang. A Survey of Mathematical Logic.

    Peking : 1962

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Lucia and Monty, with warm regards from Hao". This is the logician, philosopher, and mathematician's second book, which comprises a collection of introductory papers on a variety of topics, including the axiomatic method, computation, Turing's theory... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 118207

  8. Del mal uso che si fa delle medie nelle scienze fisiche e sociali:
    PARETO, Raffaele. Del mal uso che si fa delle medie nelle scienze fisiche e sociali:

    Modena : 1869

    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "All'egregio sig. Prof. Gilberto Gavi?". Father of the famous economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, Raffaele Pareto (1812-1882) was a prominent civil engineer whose career began in France where he had sought exile following his involvement with Giuseppe Mazzini's movement for Italian unification... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 114087

  9. Letters addressed to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on the Theory of Probabilities,
    QUETELET, Adolphe. Letters addressed to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on the Theory of Probabilities,

    London : 1849

    First edition in English, originally published in French at Brussels in 1846, presentation copy from the translator, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "R. Biddulph Esq./ with the Translator's/ Respectful Compliments". A pioneering work on probability and social statistics by the Belgian astronomer and mathematician Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874),... Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 96972

  10. The Fractal Geometry of Nature.
    MANDELBROT, Benoit B. The Fractal Geometry of Nature.

    San Francisco : 1982

    First 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

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