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  1. City of Jeddah Water Supply.
    (JEDDAH WATER SUPPLY.) BALFOUR, David Ross. City of Jeddah Water Supply.

    Westminster [Jeddah] : 1947-8

    Rare 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

  2. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
    HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.

    [Ipswich : 1733

    A 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

  3. The Making of Asbestos-Cement Roofings.
    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

  4. 140380
    FRENCH, James Weir (ed.) Modern Power Generators, Steam, Electric, and Internal Combustion,

    London : 1908

    First 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

  5. The Ways of Behaviorism.
    WATSON, John B. The Ways of Behaviorism.

    New York and London : 1928

    First 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

  6. Behaviorism.
    WATSON, John B. Behaviorism.

    New York : 1925

    First 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

  7. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:
    AUSTEN, Ralph. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:

    Oxford : 1658

    First 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

  8. Coming of Age in Samoa.
    MEAD, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa.

    New York : 1928

    First 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

  9. Traité de radioactivité.
    CURIE, Marie. Traité de radioactivité.

    Paris : 1910

    First 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

  10. The Quest for Consciousness.
    KOCH, Christof. The Quest for Consciousness.

    Englewood, Colorado : 2004

    First 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

  11. Science and Literature in the Middle Ages, and at the period of the Renaissance.
    LACROIX, Paul. Science and Literature in the Middle Ages, and at the period of the Renaissance.

    London : 1878

    First 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

  12. 140350
    GOEPPERT MAYER, Maria, & J. Hans D. Jensen. Elementary Theory of Nuclear Shell Structure.

    New York : 1955

    First 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

  13. Silent Spring.
    CARSON, Rachel. Silent Spring.

    Boston : 1962

    First 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

  14. Birds of Britain.
    BONHOTE, J. Lewis. Birds of Britain.

    London : 1907

    First edition of this extensively illustrated work by ornithologist and zoologist John Lewis James Bonhote (18751922). This copy in a handsome contemporary binding. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140247

  15. Avoid Boring People.
    WATSON, James D. Avoid Boring People.

    New York : 2007

    First 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

  16. Neural Darwinism.
    EDELMAN, Gerald M. Neural Darwinism.

    New York : 1987

    First 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

  17. Topobiology.
    EDELMAN, Gerald M. Topobiology.

    New York : 1988

    First 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

  18. The Remembered Present.
    EDELMAN, Gerald M. The Remembered Present.

    New York : 1989

    First 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

  19. Bright Air, Brilliant Fire.
    EDELMAN, Gerald M. Bright Air, Brilliant Fire.

    New York : 1992

    First 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

  20. A beruházások matematikai programozása. [Mathematical Programming of Investments.]
    KORNAI, János. A beruházások matematikai programozása. [Mathematical Programming of Investments.]

    Budapast : 1962

    First 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

  21. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
    THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.

    London : 1949

    First 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

  22. 140382
    FALCONER, John. Cryptomenysis patefacta: or the art of secret information disclosed without a key.

    London : 1685

    First 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

  23. 140369
    ASKLING, C. W., and E. Roesler. Internal Combustion Engines and Gas-Producers.

    London : 1912

    First edition in English of this engineering textbook originally published in Swedish in 1909. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140369

  24. On A New Form of Telegraph Cable Intended to Reduce the Effects of Inductive Action.
    HEARDER, J. N. On A New Form of Telegraph Cable Intended to Reduce the Effects of Inductive Action.

    May 1859

    Offprint 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

  25. On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man,
    KIDD, John. On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man,

    London : 1833

    First 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

  26. Geology of Yorkshire.
    KENDALL, Percy Fry, & Herbert E. Wroot. Geology of Yorkshire.

    [Vienna] : 1924

    First 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

  27. The Children's Story-Book of Bees
    BROWNING, Gareth H. The Children's Story-Book of Bees

    London : 1933

    First 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

  28. 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. 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

  29. Gowland Hopkins, a memoir on the discoverer of vitamins.
    (HOPKINS, Gowland.) BALDWIN, Ernest. Gowland Hopkins, a memoir on the discoverer of vitamins.

    London

    First 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

  30. The Naturalist's Library.
    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

  31. Elements of General Anatomy.
    BÉCLARD, P. A. Elements of General Anatomy.

    Edinburgh : 1830

    First 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

  32. 140133
    JONES, Franklin D. (ed.) Ingenious Mechanisms for Designers and Inventors.

    New York : 1930

    First edition, first printing of this work on mechanical engineering. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140133

  33. Men and Machines.
    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

  34. Miss Dorothea L. Dix and her Life-Work.
    (DIX, Dorothea L.) KENNARD, Caroline A. Miss Dorothea L. Dix and her Life-Work.

    [No place] : 1888

    Sole 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

  35. Two Years in the Jungle.
    HORNADAY, William Temple. Two Years in the Jungle.

    New York : 1887

    Fourth 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

  36. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
    WHITE, Gilbert. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne

    London : 1900

    Large 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

  37. The Botanic Garden.
    MAUND, Benjamin. The Botanic Garden.

    London : 1825-33

    An 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

  38. Symposium on Information Theory.
    (TURING, Alan; SHANNON, Claude.) Symposium on Information Theory.

    London : September 1950

    Scarce 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

  39. "Symposium on automatic digital computation" del National Physycal Laboratory, Teddington. (Londra, 25-28 marzo 1953.)
    DE FINETTI, Bruno; G. Rodinò; N. Kitz. "Symposium on automatic digital computation" del National Physycal Laboratory, Teddington. (Londra, 25-28 marzo 1953.)

    Rome : 1954

    Original offprint, number 403 in the series of publications of the Instituto per le applicazioni del calcolo. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 135238

  40. The Sea Around Us.
    CARSON, Rachel. The Sea Around Us.

    New York : 1951

    Book 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

  41. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,
    DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,

    Madrid : 1751

    First 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

  42. And the Band Played On.
    SHILTS, Randy. And the Band Played On.

    New York : 1987

    First 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

  43. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.
    LAURENCE, Edward. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.

    London : 1727

    First 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

  44. Calculating Instruments and Machines.
    HARTREE, Douglas R. Calculating Instruments and Machines.

    Urbana : 1949

    First 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

  45. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.
    DARWIN, Charles. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

    London : 1872

    First 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

  46. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
    DARWIN, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

    London : 1872

    Sixth 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

  47. Wunder In Der Natur. Bild-Dokumente Schöner Pflanzenformen.
    BLOSSFELDT, Karl. Wunder In Der Natur. Bild-Dokumente Schöner Pflanzenformen.

    Leipzig : 1942

    First edition, first printing. The third and final book in Blossfeldt's acclaimed series of photographs of plants. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139445

  48. Materials for the Study of Variation:
    BATESON, William. Materials for the Study of Variation:

    London : 1894

    First 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

  49. Electric Waves.
    HERTZ, Heinrich. Electric Waves.

    London & New York : 1893

    First 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

  50. Our Plundered Planet.
    OSBORN, Fairfield. Our Plundered Planet.

    Boston : 1948

    First 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

  51. D'Arcussia's Falconry.
    (ARCUSSIA, Charles d'.) LOFT, John, trans. D'Arcussia's Falconry.

    Louth, Lincolnshire : 2003

    First 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

  52. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
    DARWIN, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

    London : 1873

    Sixth 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

  53. Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions, and Colours of Light.
    [NEWTON, Isaac.] Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions, and Colours of Light.

    London : 1704

    First 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

  54. The Writings.
    BURROUGHS, John. The Writings.

    New York : 1904

    The 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

  55. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
    DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,

    London : 1859

    First 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

  56. Wirbelstürme, Wetterstürze, Hagelkatastrophen und Marskanal-Verdoppelungen.
    HÖRBIGER, Hanns. Wirbelstürme, Wetterstürze, Hagelkatastrophen und Marskanal-Verdoppelungen.

    Kaiserslautern : 1913

    Scarce 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

  57. Ensayo de una memoria sobre un nuevo método de medir las montañas,
    CALDAS, Francisco José de. Ensayo de una memoria sobre un nuevo método de medir las montañas,

    Burdeos : 1819

    First 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

  58. Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe.
    HUMBOLDT, Alexander von. Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe.

    London : 1851-60

    A 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

  59. Hereditary Genius:
    GALTON, Francis. Hereditary Genius:

    London : 1869

    First 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

  60. The Works.
    BOYLE, Robert. The Works.

    London : 1772

    A 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

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