Science, Medicine & Natural History
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NIGHTINGALE, Florence. Notes on Nursing: what it is, and what it is not.
London : First edition, early state, of this landmark text on nursing; with an interesting medical provenance, being the copy of William Llewelyn Parry-Jones (1935-1997), clinician, teacher, and distinguished historian of psychiatry, considered a leading authority on the consequences of traumatic experience on young people and the history of eating disorders.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140092
FREUD, Sigmund. Die Traumdeutung.
Leipzig & Vienna : 1900 First edition of Freud's greatest single work, The Interpretation of Dreams, one of only 600 copies printed; very rare in the original wrappers. "Die Traumdeutung contains Freud's general theory of the psyche, which he had developed during the past decade. Using his refined understanding of the operation of the unconscious, Freud interpreted dreams... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 131686
(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
CAMPION, George G. The Riddle of the Sphinx: An Essay.
London : First and sole edition of this very scarce and interesting essay on education, printed for private circulation in presumably very small numbers. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "With the Author's Kind Regards, 22 Oct. 1914, G. G. C.". Campion (d. 1945) was consulting dental surgeon to the Manchester Dental Hospital. He... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 141399
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
DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London : 1859First edition of "the most influential scientific work of the 19th century" (Horblit) and "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), in which Darwin explained his concept of evolutionary adaptation through natural selection, which would become the foundation of modern evolutionary theory; 1,250 copies were printed.
"The... Learn More£225,000.00
Stock Code: 138146
RIBBENTROP, Berthold. Hints on Arboriculture in the Panjab;
Lahore : 1873First edition of this uncommon work, inscribed "With best regards Berthold Ribbentrop". The author, an influential German forestry expert, was instrumental in the establishment of the forestry administration, initially out of military and economic considerations, but which over time came to have considerable ecological and environmental impact. Ribbentrop... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 136333
HONIGBERGER, Johann Martin. Thirty-Five Years in the East.
London : 1852First English edition. Fascinating and most attractively illustrated account of day-to-day happenings in the Sikh state by the Romanian-German Punjabi court physician, an unconventional but painstaking observer and exceedingly well-placed. This is a highly appealing curiosity amongst the more established accounts of the Sikh establishment at the time.... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 126394
BELLEW, Henry Walter. The History of Cholera in India from 1862 to 1881
London : 1885First edition thus of this important contribution to the literature of the disease. The conclusions of this substantial work, based on painstaking statistical surveys, are considered among the best-judged of the period, and remain epidemiologically sound.
"The almost invariable validity of Bellew's general statements on locality and climate... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 82407
VISCHER, Adolf Lukas. Barbed Wire Disease.
London : 1919First and only edition in English, originally published in Zürich the previous year as Die Stacheldraht-Krankheit. Vischer was among the first to identify this psychiatric syndrome specifically affecting former prisoners of war. He based his conclusions on his experiences as a Red Cross inspector of the camps in the Balkans and Turkey in 1916-7, and... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140798
MACFIE, John William Scott. An Ethiopian Diary.
Liverpool and London : 1936First and only edition. This copy signed by the author on the title page and with initialled note card dated 12/xii/36 mounted on the front pastedown. "Dr John William Scott Macfie (1879-1948), a Medical Officer with the Colonial Office who embarked on 8 tours of West Africa between 1910 and 1922. It was also during this time Macfie volunteered with... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 140636
LE BON, Dr. Gustave. The Crowd.
London : 1896First edition in English, first published in Paris the previous year as Psychologie des foules. Influential study in the development of the field of crowd psychology, perhaps the first work to address the subject outside of a criminological framework; "Le Bon held that as a result of the industrial revolution, the rise of modern cities and modern communication,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140901
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
FREUD, Sigmund. Das Unbehagen in der Kultur.
Vienna : 1930First edition, first printing, a superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Havelock Ellis with affectionate regards Freud 1929/30". The recipient, the English psychologist Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), was a pioneer in the psychoanalysis of sexuality. He has annotated the book in several places, with pencilled underlining... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 138955
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
SMEE, Alfred. The Process of Thought adapted to Words and Language.
London : 1851First edition. In this work Smee (1818-1877) considers the implications of whether difference engines, as invented by Babbage, can be considered to be thinking; as such, the work ranks as among the earliest treatises on artificial intelligence. "In his Process of Thought, Smee was the first to suggest the possibility of information storage and retrieval... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140601
WILKINS, John. Mercury, or the Secret and Swift Messenger:
London : 1641First edition of this early work of cryptography, guiding the reader through the many ways to disguise their messages, including letter ciphers, but also by using points, lines, mathematical symbols, and musical notation. The book is "not merely a practical guide in the use and decoding of ciphers, but a broadly based discussion of the means of communication,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140377
[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
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
FRENCH, James Weir (ed.) Modern Power Generators, Steam, Electric, and Internal Combustion,
London : 1908First edition of this spectacularly illustrated work relating to the industrial developments of the late 19th to early 20th centuries, focusing on the production of steam, electric, and gas power. Includes sections on steam generators, steam engines, steam locomotives, which include overlay "models" of a Babcock & Wilcox Water-tube boiler, Steam Engine,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140380
WATSON, John B. The Ways of Behaviorism.
New York and London : 1928First edition, first printing. The chief proponent of behaviorism in the US, Watson here gives an overview of the discipline for a popular readership and its application in everyday problems; much of the book was previously published in Harper's Magazine. Uncommon in the dust jacket. Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 136446
WATSON, John B. Behaviorism.
New York : 1925First edition in book form, signed by Watson on the front free endpaper, and scarce thus. The 12 lectures were given by Watson from 1924 to 1925 for the non-profit People's Institute as part of their adult education programme, and gave a popular overview of the behaviorist discipline. Each lecture was printed in pamphlet form afterwards by the Institute's... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 136450
AUSTEN, Ralph. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:
Oxford : 1658First edition. Ralph Austen (c. 1612-1676) is a fascinating figure, a combination of self-taught gardener and religious radical, whose "approach to horticulture was innovative, experimental, and sceptical of the authority of theorists" (ODNB). Here he challenges Sir Francis Bacon over his theory of the descent of sap, opposing the findings of his friend... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129008
MEAD, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa.
New York : 1928First edition, first printing, of Mead's first and pioneering book which launched her career as an internationally recognised anthropologist. Based on Mead's immersive field work in American Samoa in 1925, Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read anthropology books ever published. Its unwavering influence during the following decades... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 118644
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
LACROIX, Paul. Science and Literature in the Middle Ages, and at the period of the Renaissance.
London : 1878First edition in English, first published in Paris the preceding year. The rich illustrations by German printmaker Franz Kellerhoven (1814-1872) are a fine example of 19th-century colour lithography. "Paris in the latter part of the nineteenth century had seen a rise in popular medievalism The rise of chromolithography made it possible to expand the... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140595
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
CARSON, Rachel. Silent Spring.
Boston : 1962First edition, first printing, of the book that ignited the environmental movement. Carson, a nature writer and Editor-in-Chief for the Fish & Wildlife service, had long been concerned about the widespread use of DDT and other pesticides, but lack of interest from magazine publishers led her to put aside her idea for an exposé. When the book finally... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139004
EDELMAN, Gerald M. Neural Darwinism.
New York : 1987First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Sydney Brenner on the front free endpaper, "For Sydney with my kindest regards Gerry". Edelman (1929-2014) won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1972 for his work on the immune system with Rodney Robert Porter. Brenner (1927-2019), one of the leading biologists... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140629
EDELMAN, Gerald M. The Remembered Present.
New York : 1989First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Sydney Brenner on the front free endpaper, "For Sydney with admiration and warm regards Gerry". Edelman (1929-2014) won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1972 for his work on the immune system with Rodney Robert Porter. Brenner (1927-2019), one of the leading biologists... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140631
EDELMAN, Gerald M. Bright Air, Brilliant Fire.
New York : 1992First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Sydney Brenner on the front free endpaper, "For Sydney with affection and admiration Gerry". Edelman (1929-2014) won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1972 for his work on the immune system with Rodney Robert Porter. Brenner (1927-2019), one of the leading biologists... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 140632
KORNAI, János. A beruházások matematikai programozása. [Mathematical Programming of Investments.]
Budapast : 1962First edition, first impression, of one of the earliest economic publications to use the method of linear programming. WorldCat locates nine copies in total: three apiece in Hungary and the US, 2 in Germany, and 1 in Switzerland.
The Hungarian economist János Kornai (b. 1928) was the first economist behind the Iron Curtain to publish critical studies... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140387
THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
London : 1949First and only edition. Well-represented institutionally, and occasionally encountered on the market, but rarely without library paraphernalia, and in such sound condition. Thompson was one of the leading Assyriologists of his era, his skill in the transcription of cuneiform being such that some of "those in Thompson's handscript remain indispensable"... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 140452
FALCONER, John. Cryptomenysis patefacta: or the art of secret information disclosed without a key.
London : 1685First edition of this early work of cryptography. Falconer states in his epistle to the reader that he writes Cryptomenysis because he finds the subject diverting, though his dedication to the Earl of Middleton gives the work a political flavour: he serves Charles II and hopes to keep the royal family safer with unbreakable cyphers. Alongside... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 140382
KIDD, John. On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man,
London : 1833First edition of this work by the physician John Kidd (17751851), who in his writings and lectures promoted natural sciences viewed through a religious lens. "Responding to the perceived threat of transmutationist theories Kidd's On the Adaptation sought to demonstrate the natural superiority of man to all other animals. He did not, however, provide... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 140248
KENDALL, Percy Fry, & Herbert E. Wroot. Geology of Yorkshire.
[Vienna] : 1924First edition, first impression, Percy Fry Kendall's retained copy though unmarked as such, with his editorial notation in pencil and occasionally blue ink to the text of volume I, and a loosely inserted manuscript note in his hand commenting on the sub-arctic tundra. Kendall (1856-1936) was one of the most well-respected theorists in the field of glacial... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140127
BROWNING, Gareth H. The Children's Story-Book of Bees
London : 1933First edition, first impression. Charming book about bees written for children, interlacing facts with stories and myths featuring the insect. Part of the publisher's "Nature & Science Series for Children". Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 140134
NURNBERG, Walter. Men and Machines.
London : [c.1955]First edition, signed limited issue, number 84 of 125 signed and numbered by the author. Nurnberg was an eminent British industrial photographer, raised in Berlin, whose Bauhaus style captures here "the most romantic and dramatic" story of industry. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 139918
(TURING, Alan; SHANNON, Claude.) Symposium on Information Theory.
London : September 1950Scarce first issue of the first British symposium on "information theory", or cybernetics, the Report for which includes three major papers by Claude Shannon and two contributions to discussion by Alan Turing. WorldCat and Library Hub locates seven copies outside the UK in institutions (3 in the US, and one apiece in Canada, France, the Netherlands,... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 137071
DE FINETTI, Bruno; G. Rodinò; N. Kitz. "Symposium on automatic digital computation" del National Physycal Laboratory, Teddington. (Londra, 25-28 marzo 1953.)
Rome : 1954Original offprint, number 403 in the series of publications of the Instituto per le applicazioni del calcolo. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135238
DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,
Madrid : 1751First edition in Spanish of the first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise on agriculture, which had been published in France in 1750 as Traité de la Culture des Terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 129087
SHILTS, Randy. And the Band Played On.
New York : 1987First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Dennis warmly, Randy M. Shults. San Francisco." A masterpiece of investigative reporting and an international bestseller, Shilts's expose on the spread of HIV/AIDS revealed how the epidemic was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 1980's, with treatment hampered by... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 110638
LAURENCE, Edward. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.
London : 1727First edition. A major work on rural estate management by the Northamptonshire land surveyor Edward Laurence (1634-1739), renowned in his day for his knowledge of agriculture and for the manuscript maps he produced for landowners. The present work proposes modernisation, including cultivating new crops and enclosing small farms into larger farms. Laurence... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 124698
HARTREE, Douglas R. Calculating Instruments and Machines.
Urbana : 1949First edition, first printing, presentation copy, albeit uninscribed, with the loosely inserted slip of "the Compliments of the Author", of Hartree's survey of analogue and digital machines, now considered a pioneering work of computing. Intended as a general introduction illustrated by Hartree's personal experiences working with ENIAC and the Harvard... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139615
DARWIN, Charles. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.
London : 1872First edition, Freeman's first issue, with "that", rather than the second-issue misspelling "htat" on the first line of p. 208. This copy has the plates lettered with Roman numerals, with another state in Arabic numerals, without priority of issue; Freeman believes that the Arabic plates were printed first, but notes that "the two states seem to occur... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139478
BATESON, William. Materials for the Study of Variation:
London : 1894First edition. "William Bateson read the newly discovered paper by Mendel and recognized immediately its relevance to the unsolved problem expounded in his Materials for the Study of Variation variation is the cause of the evolution of species; but what causes variation, and how does it happen? Bateson was convinced that species evolve as the result... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139728
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
OSBORN, Fairfield. Our Plundered Planet.
Boston : 1948First edition, first printing, of one of the founding texts of modern environmentalism, the best-selling work of the conservationist Henry Fairfield Osborn Jr (1887-1969) and one of the first popular environmental books.
Dedicated "to all who care about tomorrow", Our Plundered Planet urges its readers to recognize humankind's silent but systematic... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 138301
(ARCUSSIA, Charles d'.) LOFT, John, trans. D'Arcussia's Falconry.
Louth, Lincolnshire : 2003First and only edition of the first English translation of d'Arcussia's La Fauconnerie, first published in 1599, Loft's translation from the 1643 edition; signed and dated by the translator on the half-title. Uncommon: a search of online institutional holdings produces just five locations: BL, Oxford, Cambridge, McGill and the US Air Force Academy.... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 136151
DARWIN, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
London : 1873Sixth edition, fourth issue, marked, like the third issue of 1872, as the "thirteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this sixth edition subsequently featured a new chapter, chapter VII, as well as a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The edition was aimed at a wider... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 127700
HÖRBIGER, Hanns. Wirbelstürme, Wetterstürze, Hagelkatastrophen und Marskanal-Verdoppelungen.
Kaiserslautern : 1913Scarce first edition. WorldCat and Library Hub locate no copies in UK institutions and just one in the US (University of Chicago). Ten copies were traced in continental Europe (predominately Germany, but also Denmark, the Netherlands, and France).
The Austrian engineer, inventor, and amateur astrologist Hanns Hörbiger (1860-1931) is best remembered... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139363
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
GALTON, Francis. Hereditary Genius:
London : 1869First edition of the author's most significant work. This copy has an interesting association linking Galton to his almost exact contemporary and fellow statistics pioneer Florence Nightingale, being from the estate of the author and politician Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton (1809-1885), Nightingale's favourite, persistent, but ultimately... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 139155
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
FORBES, Henry O., ed. The Natural History of Sokotra and Abd-El-Kuri.
Liverpool : 1903First and sole edition of this handsome book, a decidedly uncommon and beautifully illustrated monograph. Socotra lies off the Horn of Africa, south of the Arabian Peninula. Formerly part of the Aden Governate it has been officially part of Yemen since 1967. It is described by the Socotra Conservation Fund as "a jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139057
(TURING, Alan.) Manchester University Computer - Inaugural Conference - July 1951.
Manchester : 1951First edition of the brochure marking the official inauguration of the Ferranti Mark I computer. "The machine had been delivered to the University in February 1951 and by the time of the conference it was at the centre of a flourishing computer laboratory. The Ferranti Mark I was the first commercially manufactured computer in Britain (and arguably... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 138710
TARNIER, Étienne Auguste. Tableaux du système métrique accompagnés d'un livret explicatif.
Paris : 1865First edition of this striking exposition of the metric system, with the colour tables illustrating the system's measuring instruments, and the units of measurements of surface, volume, liquids, and weight, its application for measuring grain and other dry matter, and finally the metric system of coinage, illustrated with the coins of Napoleon III.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138436