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Science, Medicine & Natural History

Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to science, medicine, and natural history.

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  1. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.
    NEWELL, Homer E. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.

    New York, Toronto, London : 1958

    First 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

  2. Un souvenir de Solferino.
    DUNANT, Jean Henry. Un souvenir de Solferino.

    Geneva : 1862

    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: "Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l'auteur", apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also carries his attractive etched bookplate and official autograph... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 110889

  3. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l'agriculture et à la guerre;
    BERTHELOT, Claude-François. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l'agriculture et à la guerre;

    Paris : 1782

    First edition. Described on the title as "Ingénieur-Mécanicien du Roi", Berthelot (1718-1800) rose from humble origins to the professorship of mathematics in the Military School in Paris, where in 1763 he invented a famous gun carriage for use in coastal artillery, though the invention was generally credited to Gribeauval who was largely responsible... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 108958

  4. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.
    COOK, John, & John Maule. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.

    London : 1789

    First edition. Uncommon. Reprints in full the original grants of William and Mary for the establishment of the Hospital, and offers a detailed description of the building works, and the finished structure, accompanied by a spectacular folding engraved plate of a river view taken from a drawing by Thomas Lancey. Lancey was placed at the Hospital school... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 85988

  5. A General Account of the Development of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes Under the Auspices of the United States Government 1940-1945.
    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 : 1945

    The 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

  6. Ministry of Munitions of War. H.M. Factory, Gretna. Description of Plant and Process.
    (WORLD WAR I.) Ministry of Munitions of War. H.M. Factory, Gretna. Description of Plant and Process.

    Dumfries : 1918

    First 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

  7. Essais sur les Machines Hydrauliques,
    DUCREST, [Charles Louis,] marquis de. Essais sur les Machines Hydrauliques,

    Paris : 1777

    First 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

  8. Handbook of the Medical Services of Foreign Armies. Parts I-VI.
    MACPHERSON, William Grant. Handbook of the Medical Services of Foreign Armies. Parts I-VI.

    London : 1908-11

    First editions of these uncommon official publications. Print-runs were 2,000 for each part, but there are just a scatter of complete sets institutionally (10 recorded on OCLC). The individual volumes deal with France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium. They represent a revision of the Handbook of the Medical Organisations,... Learn More
    £1,575.00

    Stock Code: 67260

  9. The Library of Isaac Newton.
    (NEWTON, Isaac.) HARRISON, John. The Library of Isaac Newton.

    1978

    First 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

  10. La Forge de Vulcain,
    SAINT JULIEN, Antoine. La Forge de Vulcain,

    1606, but 1706

    First Edition. Uncommon: COPAC has BL only; six copies on OCLC. Splendid early 18th-century artillery handbook with slightly naïve, but highly attractive plates. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 38652

  11. Essai sur l'Usage de l'Artillerie, dans la Guerre de Campagne & dans celle de Sieges. Par un Officier du Corps.
    [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.

    1771

    First 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

  12. The Jewel House of Art and Nature:
    PLAT, Hugh. The Jewel House of Art and Nature:

    London : 1653

    Revised 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

  13. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.
    SANDER, Henry Frederick Conrad. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.

    London & St Albans : 1888-94 [1895]

    Imperial edition, copy 51 of 100 copies signed by Sander. Published during the heyday of the late Victorian orchid mania, Sander was the foremost authority on the Orchidaceae, as well as the largest grower, maintaining nurseries in England, Belgium, and the United States. He had agents gathering plants worldwide, often dangerous work, and he reports... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 122509

  14. De la Phrénologie.
    FLOURENS, Pierre. De la Phrénologie.

    Paris : 1863

    First combined edition, being the first publication of the latter part (Des études vraies sur le cerveau), and the third edition of the first part (Examen de la Phrenologie - first published 1842), by Pierre Flourens (1794-1867), an early pioneer in neuroscience. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 137701

  15. Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare.
    GALILEI, Galileo. Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare.

    Padua : 1649

    Third edition of Galileo's first published work, originally privately printed in 1606 in an edition of 60 copies only. The second edition, the first with the plate, was published by Frambotto in 1640. Galileo's compass, invented in Padua in 1597, was a calculating instrument making use of the proportionality between the corresponding sides of two similar... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 137602

  16. A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains.
    GOULD, John. A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains.

    London : 1832

    First edition of Gould's first book, the rare issue with the backgrounds coloured; in a letter to Lord Derby, Gould wrote "You will probably recollect that in my first work... neither the plants or sic Backgrounds were coloured; In order to render the Series of my Publications complete... I have had those parts coloured in the few copies I have left"... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 134609

  17. Histoire naturelle des perroquets.
    LEVAILLANT, François. Histoire naturelle des perroquets.

    Paris : 1801-05

    First edition in the preferred folio format of this celebrated work, which stands in the front rank of ornithological books; a quarto version was issued at the same time. The very fine colour plates are by Jacques Barraband, "a superlative bird artist" (Buchanan, p. 97-8), which, apart from their undoubted beauty, display a scientific accuracy that... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 137037

  18. Flore portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.
    HOFFMANNSEGG, Johann Centurius von, & Heinrich Friedrich Link. Flore portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.

    Berlin : 1809[-40]

    First edition, the grandest Portuguese flower book ever published, and among the finest flower books of the 19th century. The delicate illustrations - based on the travels of Johann Hoffmannsegg (1766-1849) through Portugal between 1797 and 1801 - are executed in the manner of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, yet as a record of newly discovered and previously... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 137002

  19. De re metallica, libri XII:
    AGRICOLA, Georgius. De re metallica, libri XII:

    Basel : 1556

    First 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

  20. Die Erschliessung der Ostalpen.
    RICHTER, Eduard (ed.) Die Erschliessung der Ostalpen.

    Berlin : 1893-94

    First and only edition. Richter (1847-1905), an Austrian glaciologist, served as president of the Deutscher und Österreichischer Alpenverein from 1883 to 1885. The volumes respectively concern the development of the Northern Limestone Alps, the Central Western Alps, and finally the Central Eastern Alps and the Southern Limestone Alps. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 112234

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

    London : 1988

    First 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

  22. Strukturnyi analiz dvizhushcheisia krovi (The Structural Analysis of Moving Blood).
    CHIZHEVSKII, Aleksandr Leonidovich. Strukturnyi analiz dvizhushcheisia krovi (The Structural Analysis of Moving Blood).

    Moscow : 1959

    First edition, inscribed by the author on the front endpaper verso, "To big Misha for good memory. Prof. A.L. Chizhevskii. May 8, 1960". This was one of the last publications of Alexander Chizhevskii (1897-1964), the eminent Soviet interdisciplinary scientist and the founder of heliobiology and aero-ionization, and widely considered to be his magnum... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 137282

  23. Faster Than Thought.
    BOWDEN, B. V. (ed.) Faster Than Thought.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression, of "the most widely read early English introduction to electronic computing" (Origins of Cyberspace), a collection of 24 essays by leading experts in the field, including a chapter on computer chess that was one of Alan Turing's final published pieces. The author, Bertram Vivian Bowden (1910-1989) was educated as a physicist... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 118824

  24. The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer.
    WILKES, Maurice V., David J. Wheeler, & Stanley Gill. The Preparation of Programs for an Electronic Digital Computer.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts : 1951

    First edition of "the first book on computer programming" (Tomash & Williams) and one of the most influential textbooks of this early era. A printed slip with the imprint of Scientific Computing Service Limited, 23 Bedford Square, London is tipped onto the title page indicating that they were the English distributors of the book (the Tomash copy bears... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 137266

  25. A Survey of Domestic Electronic Digital Computing Systems.
    WEIK, Martin H. A Survey of Domestic Electronic Digital Computing Systems.

    [Washington, D.C.] : 1955

    First public issue of Weik's first survey, an invaluably thorough description of eighty-eight of the earliest commercially available computers (including the SEAC, DYSEAC, ENIAC, Ferranti Mark I and II, and Whirlwind I models). This is the second printing, with the added title leaf bearing the OTS imprint; the first issue, privately circulated as Report... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 137255

  26. The Construction of the Wonderful Canon of Logarithms.
    NAPIER, John. The Construction of the Wonderful Canon of Logarithms.

    Edinburgh & London : 1889

    First edition in English (first 1619) of Napier's Constructio. Napier's most famous accomplishment was his invention of logarithms, the description and table for which was first published in his Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (1614), commonly referred to as the Descriptio. Napier died before he could complete the task of publishing a book... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 137267

  27. La Ménagerie Royale,
    (ZOOLOGY.) La Ménagerie Royale,

    Paris : 1814

    First edition published under this title, second overall. This work was first published in 1812, under Napoleon's reign as emperor, as "La Ménagerie Impériale." Napoleon abdicated in 1814, to be succeeded by King Louis XVIII, and so the menagerie was reclassified as "royale," prompting Saintin to reissue the book from the same sheets with a suitably... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134214

  28. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.
    ROUPPE, Louis. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.

    Leiden : 1764

    First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in Latin, is often considered the... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 132861

  29. Volcanos.
    SCROPE, George Poulett. Volcanos.

    London : 1862

    Second edition, revised and enlarged, of Scrope's pioneering Considerations on Volcanos (1825); presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "from the Author", above the ownership inscription of "T. Rupert Jones, April 2 '62". Professor Thomas Rupert Jones (1819-1911), FRS, FGS, was president of the Geologists' Association... Learn More
    £685.00

    Stock Code: 135654

  30. Wundergarten Der Natur. Neue Bilddokumente Schöner Pflanzenformen.
    BLOSSFELDT, Karl. Wundergarten Der Natur. Neue Bilddokumente Schöner Pflanzenformen.

    Berlin : 1932

    First edition, portfolio issue: the preferred format of one of the greatest and most influential photographic books ever published, this being the second photobook in Blossfeldt's pivotal trilogy. The artist was by training a botanist; his use of extreme close-up technique began as part of his study. However he swiftly developed a fully-fledged abstracted... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 136442

  31. Automatic Digital Computers.
    WILKES, Maurice Vincent. Automatic Digital Computers.

    London : 1956

    First edition, first impression, of this early overview of computer science by one of its pioneers, the British scientist Maurice Wilkes (1913-2010), inventor of microprogramming, and designer of the electronic delay storage automatic calculator (one of the first stored programme computers). Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 134102

  32. Comet.
    SAGAN, Carl, & Ann Druyan. Comet.

    New York : 1985

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Sagan "For Steve, Brave man, wise owl, with our fond regard to you and Deborah. Carl and Ann", Druyan penned the "and Ann".
    The recipient was American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science, Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), with his book label loosely inserted.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 136562

  33. Crab, Shrimp, and Lobster Lore,
    (RUSKIN, John.) LORD, William Barry. Crab, Shrimp, and Lobster Lore,

    London : 1867

    First edition, from the library of John Ruskin, with his Brantwood book label, and inscribed on the half-title: "R. Leslie to J. R., if of any use please keep - contains about as much as is known I think". The presentee, Robert Charles Leslie (1826-1901), was a friend and correspondent of Ruskin. "In love of the sea and of animals there was a strong... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 129705

  34. The case of Sir Humphry Mackworth,
    MACKWORTH, Humphry. The case of Sir Humphry Mackworth,

    London : 1705

    First edition. Sir Humphry Mackworth (16571727) was a major player in the Welsh mining industry in the latter 17th century, "bringing forward major employment, transportation, and technological innovations, and transforming the Welsh industrial scene" (ODNB). In 1698 he became deputy governor of the Company of Mine Adventurers. Mackworth attracted... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132494

  35. Observations on Mount Vesuvius,
    HAMILTON, Sir William. Observations on Mount Vesuvius,

    London : 1774

    First published in 1772 and again in the following year. "While stationed at Naples, Hamilton developed a great interest in volcanoes, earning a contemporary European reputation as 'the modern Pliny' and the 'professor of earthquakes'. 'I am mad on the subject of volcanoes', he wrote to Greville on 3 March 1778... Vesuvius erupted several times during... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 135652

  36. Finger Prints; Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints; Finger Print Directories.
    GALTON, Francis. Finger Prints; Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints; Finger Print Directories.

    London : 1892, 1893, 1895

    First editions of Galton's three publications on fingerprints, this a very scarce presentation set with the first work inscribed by Galton to his brother, "Erasmus Galton, from F.G.", on the half-title, the second work with Erasmus's ownership inscription "E. Galton, Oct 9 1893" to verso of front free endpaper. Erasmus (1815-1909) was presumably named... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 134448

  37. Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate.
    FRANKLIN, Rosalind E., & R. G. Gosling. Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate.

    London : 1953

    First 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

  38. Della vita e delle opere di Leonardo Pisano matematico del secolo decimoterzo. Notizie raccolte.
    (FIBONACCI). BONCOMPAGNI, Baldassare. Della vita e delle opere di Leonardo Pisano matematico del secolo decimoterzo. Notizie raccolte.

    Rome : 1852

    Original offprint, giving an account of the life and works of Leonardo Pisano, better known as Fibonacci (1170-1240), whose Liber abaci (1202) was the first European work to introduce Indian and Arabian mathematics. His name is known to modern mathematicians mainly because of the Fibonacci sequence, derived from a problem in the Liber abaci.
    "Much... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 121647

  39. Terremotos.
    (EARTHQUAKES.) ODRIOZOLA, Manuel de. Terremotos.

    Lima : 1863

    First edition and only edition of this history of Lima's seismic activity since the colonial era, and its effect upon the development of Peru's coastal capital, in order to establish patterns and better predict future events.
    Manuel de Odriozola (1804-1889) was a Peruvian Colonel of cavalry and leading figure of the Independance of Peru, the director... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132570

  40. The Complete Psychological Works.
    FREUD, Sigmund. The Complete Psychological Works.

    London : 1975

    A complete set of the Hogarth Press's Standard Edition. This is the most authoritative collection of the psychoanalytical works of Freud, edited by James Strachey, a former student of Freud's and member of the Bloomsbury Group Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 133926

  41. Des maladies mentales considérées sous les rapports médical, hygiénique et médico-légal.
    ESQUIROL, Jean-Étienne Dominique. Des maladies mentales considérées sous les rapports médical, hygiénique et médico-légal.

    Paris : 1838

    First edition of "the first modern textbook of psychiatry" (Norman); this copy of especial interest as including, bound into the first volume, a fine original pencil drawing (dated 1836) of a psychiatric patient, ascribed by a later hand to the engraver Ambroise Tardieu, along with a suite of 19 proof engravings. Tardieu appears to have been responsible... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 128843

  42. On currency, on a new system of manufacturing and on the effect of machinery on human labour.
    BABBAGE, Charles. On currency, on a new system of manufacturing and on the effect of machinery on human labour.

    London : 1833

    First separate edition. On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures was first published in 1832, and second and third editions soon followed that same year. This pamphlet comprises three additional chapters by Babbage that examine questions of political economy and which were newly included in the third edition. To make the text available to owners... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 129725

  43. A Natural History:
    BLOUNT, Thomas Pope. A Natural History:

    London : 1693

    First edition of Blount's observations on aspects of natural history, including observations on sugar, tea, coffee, opium, tobacco, coconuts, metals, earthquakes and volcanos, among other phenomena. Synthesised from other writers rather than being the product of extensive study by the author, the work acts as a valuable snapshot of late 17th-century... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 128581

  44. The Chances of Death and Other Studies in Evolution.
    PEARSON, Carl. The Chances of Death and Other Studies in Evolution.

    London & New York : 1897

    First edition of this collection of essays by the statistician and eugenicist Karl Pearson (1857-1936). "Several of Pearson's essays dating from the 1880s and 1890s, published in his Chances of Death... show that he had already begun to explore scientific ideas that would become central components of his eugenic creed, such as Darwinism, the inheritance... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 124826

  45. Signaletic Instructions.
    BERTILLON, Alphonse. Signaletic Instructions.

    Chicago : 1896

    First edition in English, first published in Paris in 1893. It presents a system of standardised physical measurements for the identification of criminals known as anthropometry, or more commonly still as Bertillonage. Despite the supercession of the system by the introduction of finger-printing, Bertillon was still responsible for the standardisation... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 118291

  46. Secrets of the Prison-House or Gaol Studies and Sketches.
    GRIFFITHS, Arthur. Secrets of the Prison-House or Gaol Studies and Sketches.

    London : 1894

    First edition, first impression. "Griffiths's historical importance is twofold. Firstly, he was a significant, if second-rank, prison administrator, and an efficient and trusted subordinate of Du Cane (Edmund Du Cane, chairman of the directors of convict prisons), to whom he always remained loyal He was also a regular witness at major inquiries into... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 89341

  47. My Friend Mr Leakey.
    HALDANE, J. B. S. My Friend Mr Leakey.

    London : 1937

    First edition of this collection of fantasy stories for children by the eminent British scientist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892-1964). Haldane was chiefly distinguished for his work in genetics, but also contributed to many other fields of science, ranging from cosmology to the physiology of diving. His intention in writing the book about Mr Leakey,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 134918

  48. Sammlung aller Handlungen und Schriften, welche zu hochverdienten Ehren und ewigem Gedächtnisse des wohlseligen Herrn Geheimen Raths D. Christoph Jakob Trew,
    (TREW, Christoph Jakob). Sammlung aller Handlungen und Schriften, welche zu hochverdienten Ehren und ewigem Gedächtnisse des wohlseligen Herrn Geheimen Raths D. Christoph Jakob Trew,

    Altdorf : 1770

    First edition of a collection of publications marking the donation by Christoph Trew of his library and natural history collection to the University of Altdorf in June 1768.
    A city solicitor, court physician, Count Palatine of the Holy Roman Empire, advisor to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, Christoph Trew (1695-1769) had an academic passion... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 134947

  49. Uranium 235.
    MACCOLL, Ewan. Uranium 235.

    Glasgow : [1948]

    First edition, first impression, of MacColl's drama, one of the early literary works dealing with the nuclear age, first set to music and performed in 1946. "Uranium 235 tries to teach its audience more than simply how radiation and atomic bombs work; it tries to show scientists as a part of society, not separate from it. MacColl offers an artistic... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 134133

  50. Biological- or artery flaps of the face:
    ESSER, Johannes Fredericus Samuel. Biological- or artery flaps of the face:

    Monaco : no date [c. 1934]

    First edition of this rare work on reconstructive facial surgery by pioneering Dutch physician Johannes "Jan" Esser (1877-1946).
    During the First World War, Esser was designated Special Surgeon for Plastic Operations and assigned to a hospital in Vienna. There, he operated on soldiers who suffered facial injuries in trenches, and pioneered the use... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 133441

  51. 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

  52. Travels Through Spain,
    DILLON, John Talbot. Travels Through Spain,

    London : 1782

    Second London edition, third overall, of Dillon's earliest work which was first published in 1780 in London, and the following year in Dublin.
    John Talbot Dillon (1734-1806) was a traveller and historian. He was also "clearly proud to be a baron of the Holy Roman empirea title conferred on his father, Francis, and passed down on his death in 1767since... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 133535

  53. The True History of the Ghost;
    PEPPER, John Henry, "Professor". The True History of the Ghost;

    London : 1890

    First and only contemporary edition, this copy inscribed by the author on the title; "Mr. John Bailey, July 25 1893, With the Author's kind regards, J.H. Pepper". Pepper (1821-1900) was born in Great Queen Street in Westminster and educated at King's College School, becoming a pupil of the chemist John Thomas Cooper. In 1847 he gave his first lecture... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 133346

  54. The Mystical Number Seven;
    GREEN, John, L.T. The Mystical Number Seven;

    Hull : 1826

    First and only edition, no other copy traced. Green - who styles himself L.T., perhaps "lay teacher"? - opens with what he evidently felt was a clear statement of the underlying principle of his publication; "Seven is composed of the first two numbers, equal and unequal, three and four; for the number two consisting of a repeated unity which is no... Learn More
    £395.00

    Stock Code: 133166

  55. [In Cyrillic:] Lektsii o rabote glavnykh pishchevaritel'nykh zhelez.
    PAVLOV, Ivan Petrovich. [In Cyrillic:] Lektsii o rabote glavnykh pishchevaritel'nykh zhelez.

    St Petersburg : 1897

    First edition of Pavlov's celebrated Lectures on the work of the principal digestive glands, first delivered in St Petersburg the previous year, the greatest contribution to our understanding of the physiology of digestion and the work that led to his being awarded the Nobel prize for medicine in 1905. The book first describes and illustrates the artificial... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 133069

  56. The Survival of the Wisest.
    SALK, Jonas. The Survival of the Wisest.

    New York : 1973

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Gilbert Fitzhugh - with hope - Jonas Salk". The identity of the recipient is unknown, though one possibility is the retired chairman of the board of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Gilbert W. Fitzhugh (1911-1997), who in 1973 was living in San Diego, the location... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 132946

  57. De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem.
    TAGLIACOZZI, Gaspare. De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem.

    Venice : 1597

    First unauthorized edition of the first book devoted to plastic surgery. Gaspare Tagliacozzi's innovative surgical technique, which consisted of reconstructing parts of the face by grafting, is masterfully described in the work that made him famous. In 1597 Gaspare Bindoni the Younger was granted the exclusive right to print it by the Senate. However,... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 132969

  58. Alan M. Turing.
    TURING, Sara. Alan M. Turing.

    Cambridge : 1959

    First edition, first impression, of this biography and memorial volume written by the mother of the great computer science pioneer. Uncommon, especially so in the jacket, and apparently issued in an edition of as little as 500 copies, it is an interesting work which strives to establish Turing's credentials without reference to his then still-classified... Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 132257

  59. 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
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 120358

  60. Al gioco cinese chiamato il rompicapo. Appendice di figure
    (TANGRAM.) Al gioco cinese chiamato il rompicapo. Appendice di figure

    Florence : 1818

    First edition of this uncommon and early work on Chinese tangrams, the Florentine issue. There was also an issue published in Milan the same year by Pietro and Giuseppe Vallardi (no priority established, though the Milanese issue appears to have had hand-coloured plates rather than sepia).
    Both issues are scarce in commerce and institutions, with... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 134823

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