Science, Medicine & Natural History
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(JEDDAH WATER SUPPLY.) BALFOUR, David Ross. City of Jeddah Water Supply.
Westminster [Jeddah] : 1947-8Rare no other copies located or references found. These highly detailed planning documents would have been produced in extremely limited numbers for a small group of stakeholders. This copy with gilt presentation supralibros; "To A.A. / From D.R.B.": D.R.B. was David Ross Balfour, who led the project as a partner in his father's Westminster and Newcastle... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138324
HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
[Ipswich : 1733A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis, and a... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138840
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
KOCH, Christof. The Quest for Consciousness.
Englewood, Colorado : 2004First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from Francis Crick to May Brenner on the front free endpaper, "For May from Francis. Try the last chapter (Chap. 20) first". The dedicatee of this book, Crick also provided the foreword; the final chapter that he refers to in his inscription is an interview with Koch. While completing her PhD... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140633
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
WATSON, James D. Avoid Boring People.
New York : 2007First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Sydney Brenner on the front free endpaper, "for Sydney, who never stops, Jim 12 October 2007". In April 1953 Brenner (1927-2019) had been one of the first to examine Crick and Watson's double helix model of DNA, a moment which he later recognized as "the watershed in my scientific... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 140626
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. Topobiology.
New York : 1988First 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£85.00
Stock Code: 140630
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
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
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
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. In 1714, the Board of Longitude offered a substantial reward of 20,000 to anyone who could find an accurate method for determining longitude at sea. In 1730, clockmaker John Harrison completed a manuscript describing some of his inventions, including a chronometer "accurate... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 138402
(HOPKINS, Gowland.) BALDWIN, Ernest. Gowland Hopkins, a memoir on the discoverer of vitamins.
LondonFirst edition, wrappers issue of biography of the father of British biochemistry, "a tribute from his friends in the margarine industry to one whose services to nutrition enriched the well-being of mankind." Learn More£15.00
Stock Code: 128913
JARDINE, William (Editor). The Naturalist's Library.
Edinburgh : [c.1850]Three volumes only of William Jardine's beautifully illustrated overview of the animal kingdom, here comprising three of the four books on birds. The series proved highly popular, with several reprints over the 19th century. "The Naturalist's Library was a tribute to a skilful printer who employed the latest technology to produce the volumes cheaply;... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 123654
BÉCLARD, P. A. Elements of General Anatomy.
Edinburgh : 1830First edition in English of Pierre Augustin Béclard's Elements d'anatomie generale. The present translation by the Scottish anatomist and ethnologist Robert Knox (17911862) is based on the second French edition, published in 1827. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 140197
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
(DIX, Dorothea L.) KENNARD, Caroline A. Miss Dorothea L. Dix and her Life-Work.
[No place] : 1888Sole edition of a brief account of the woman who almost single-handedly created the first generation of mental asylums in America, written by the pioneering American scientist and women's rights campaigner Caroline A. Kennard.
"In her lifetime, Dorothea Dix brought about significant changes in the care of the mentally ill in North America and Europe.... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139643
HORNADAY, William Temple. Two Years in the Jungle.
New York : 1887Fourth edition, two years after the first. Account of an expedition undertaken by the noted American zoologist, conservationist, and taxidermist. He was sent to Asia by naturalist and collector Henry Augustus Ward, who founded specimen suppliers Ward's Natural Science, now Ward's Science. Hornaday became the first director of the New York Zoological... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 139819
WHITE, Gilbert. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
London : 1900Large paper edition, number 86 of 160 copies signed by the editor and artists, lavishly bound and illustrated. First published in 1789, White's Selborne is one of the great English books of the 18th century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The work is arranged into three sequences... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139565
MAUND, Benjamin. The Botanic Garden.
London : 1825-33An appealing run of one of the best known botanical periodicals of the 19th century; the entire series extended to 13 volumes, published up until 1851. Benjamin Maund (c.1790-1864) "sought to share his lifelong passion for flowers by producing an interesting and useful publication affordable to everyone. Each monthly issue contained a plate with four... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138567
(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
CARSON, Rachel. The Sea Around Us.
New York : 1951Book Club edition, inscribed by the author on the title page: "To Doris Thompson - who sells the right kind of books! Rachel L. Carson". Doris Thompson (1903-1970) was a literary agent and co-owner of a bookstore in Washington, DC, and was well connected within the city's diplomatic community and social sets. The Sea Around Us remained on the New York... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 130384
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
DARWIN, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
London : 1872Sixth edition, second issue, printed simultaneously with the first issue, which is marked as the "eleventh thousand" on the title page. Freeman notes that the second issue is "notably less common". The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and a glossary... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 139480
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
[NEWTON, Isaac.] Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions, and Colours of Light.
London : 1704First edition, first issue, without Newton's name on the title. Newton's Opticks expounds his corpuscular or emission theory of light, and first contains his important optical discoveries in collected form. It also prints two important mathematical treatises (published here for the first time but omitted in later editions) describing his invention of... Learn More£85,000.00
Stock Code: 137818
BURROUGHS, John. The Writings.
New York : 1904The Autograph edition. Number 62 of 750 copies only, signed by the author and publishers. John Burroughs (1837-1921) was an American naturalist and essay writer active in the early American conservation movement. Immensely popular in his time, Burroughs was described by his biographer, Edward J. Renehan, as a "literary naturalist with a duty to record... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 138373
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
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
HUMBOLDT, Alexander von. Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe.
London : 1851-60A uniformly bound set of Otté's English translation of Humboldt's magnum opus, its third appearance in English, here in a mixed edition: volumes three and five in first edition, the remainder printed in 1860.
First published in German 1845-62, Humboldt's magnum opus "erupted onto the scientific scene in Europe and triggered a massive shift in cultural... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 139341
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