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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. 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. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 133287

  2. Notes on Hindu Astronomy and the History of our Knowledge of it.
    BURGESS, James. Notes on Hindu Astronomy and the History of our Knowledge of it.

    Hertford : 1893

    An uncommon offprint by the mathematician and archaeologist James Burgess (1832-1916), a presentation copy inscribed by the author on the upper wrapper, "with the author's compliments, June 1898" and bound together with a 2-page autograph letter signed on Indian astronomy, in particular the "lunar mansion" Pushya, and its principal star. OCLC locates... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132960

  3. ...A Scientist in Tartary: from the Hoang-ho to the Indus
    FILCHNER, Wilhelm. ...A Scientist in Tartary: from the Hoang-ho to the Indus

    London : 1939

    First English edition following the German of the previous year. Well represented institutionally, but decidedly uncommon on the market. "English translation of Bismillah!: Vom Huang-ho zum Indus. Wilhelm Filchner, scientist and explorer, at the age of 21 participated in his first expedition (1900), which led him to Russia. In 190305 made an expedition... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132910

  4. High-Speed Computing Devices.
    (TOMPKINS, Charles Brown.) ENGINEERING RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC. High-Speed Computing Devices.

    New York : 1950

    First edition, first printing, of the first treatise on how to build an electronic digital computer. An important contribution to computing literature in its own right, it also provided some of the most complete bibliographies available on the subject at the time. Charles Brown Tompkins, a pioneering academic in the fields of numerical analysis and... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 132836

  5. Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors.
    SHOCKLEY, William. Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors.

    New York : 1950

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Thornton Read: As an introduction to germanium research. Bill Shockley. Dec '50". The recipient Thornton Read was an American physicist who with Charles Frank formulated what came to be known as the Frank-Read mechanism for generating dislocations... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 132838

  6. Isotopes.
    ASTON, F. W. Isotopes.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, of Aston's key work on isotopes, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1922. Aston, building on the work of J. J. Thomson at Cambridge, developed modern mass spectrograph technology to investigate inconsistencies in the atomic weights of elements. He discovered that "the elements are composed of atoms of varying... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 132759

  7. A Naturalist's Life Study in the Art of Taxidermy.
    WARD, Rowland. A Naturalist's Life Study in the Art of Taxidermy.

    London : 1913

    First edition, first impression. Rowland Ward was the Michelangelo of Victorian taxidermy, that most Victorian of art-forms. An innovator who developed many techniques still used today, basing his work on painstaking observation he brought the techniques of naturalistic display to their high point. He was a friend of many of the greatest sportsmen of... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132698

  8. A History of British Birds...
    BEWICK, Thomas. A History of British Birds...

    Newcastle : 1809

    Third edition; originally published as two separate works in 1797 and 1804. Roscoe notes that the paper used for this edition, although "very thin and rather poor", was "from the point of view of an artist anxious to show his work to the best advantage, more satisfactory than most of the papers previously used - it took an excellent impression from... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132533

  9. The Double Helix.
    WATSON, James D. The Double Helix.

    London : 1968

    First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title-page. Watson's personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA was originally published in the US in the same year. The Double Helix is one of the most important first-hand accounts of the practice of science during the 20th century, chronicling not only the wonder and beauty... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 132049

  10. Fine mezzotint portrait by Paul Sigmund Habelmann after the painting by Emma Gaggiotti Richards
    (HUMBOLDT, Alexander von.) Fine mezzotint portrait by Paul Sigmund Habelmann after the painting by Emma Gaggiotti Richards

    Berlin : 1854

    Rare and very attractive half-length portrait of the great German naturalist, explorer and botanist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the finest and most impressive version from the oil by Emma Gaggiotti Richards, an oval head-and-shoulders portrait, the original of which is at the Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. It... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 131927

  11. Arithmetical Institutions.
    KIRKBY, John. Arithmetical Institutions.

    London : 1735

    First and only edition of the first work of the unlucky Kirkby (c.1705-1754), who was appointed tutor to the young Edward Gibbon, only to be dismissed after accidentally omitting the name of George II in prayer. In 1748 he published The Doctrine of Ultimators, of which he presented two copies to the Royal Society in January 1752. He also published a... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 131977

  12. Fertilization.
    ROTHSCHILD, Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild. Fertilization.

    London : 1956

    First edition, first impression, of Rothschild's overview of the subject. The copy of the Cambridge geneticist Michael Ashburner (born 1942) from his student days at Churchill College, with his ownership signature dated 1961 to the front free endpaper; he is now a fellow of Churchill College, and Emeritus Professor at the Department of Genetics. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 131732

  13. Fractions Anatomized:
    RAMSBOTTOM, Richard. Fractions Anatomized:

    London : 1762

    First edition of this guide to calculating sums involving fractions, intended for the use of young excise officers. The author seems to have left little trace, and they published no other known books. Uncommon, with ESTC locating eight copies in British and American institutional holdings. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 131614

  14. Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, 1851.
    (GREAT EXHIBITION.) Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, 1851.

    London : 1852

    Presentation edition, with a copy presented to every exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851; trade editions were also produced. The book is a key contemporary document for the Exhibition, giving the jury awards and details of the thirty categories of exhibit, and was selected in Printing and the Mind of Man as the representative book for the Exhibition.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 131571

  15. La suggestibilité.
    BINET, Alfred. La suggestibilité.

    Paris : 1900

    First edition. Alfred Binet (1857-1911) was a highly influential figure in French psychiatry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, now best remembered as being the inventor, with Théodore Simon, of the first practical IQ test. La suggestibilité is an analysis of suggestibility, based on Binet's studies on schoolchildren, where he was able to... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 131461

  16. The Counter-Revolution of Science.
    HAYEK, Friedrich August von. The Counter-Revolution of Science.

    Glencoe, IL : 1952

    First US edition, first printing, of Hayek's criticism of scientism. "Hayek used the term scientism to refer to the slavish imitation of the methods of the physical sciences without regard for the innate differences between physical and non-physical reality" (The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most of which first appeared in Economica... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 131471

  17. The Human Hand.
    WOLFF, Charlotte. The Human Hand.

    New York : 1943

    First US edition, first printing. This work provides an academic expansion of Wolff's 1936 work Studies in Hand Reading, in which she examined the possibility of "a close correlation between the detailed configuration of the hand and the outstanding traits forming the personality complex of the owner of the hands" (Schultz, p. 479). Wolff,... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 131433

  18. Flowers.
    PENN, Irving. Flowers.

    New York : 1980

    First edition, first impression, signed by the artist on the half-title "Irving Penn, New York, 1980". The photographs, originally published from 1967 to 1973, were taken by Penn for the American edition of Vogue. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 131344

  19. Radiations from Radioactive Substances.
    RUTHERFORD, Ernest, James Chadwick, & C. D. Ellis. Radiations from Radioactive Substances.

    Cambridge : 1930

    First edition, first impression, in the notably uncommon dust jacket. Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) was a pioneer in the study of nuclear physics, the discoverer of the structure of the atom and the first scientist to split the atom. This work updates his 1913 work Radioactive Substances and their Radiations (a concise account of the whole... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 131167

  20. Observation of a Rapidly Pulsating Radio Source.
    BELL, Jocelyn; A. Hewish; J. D. H. Pilkington; P. F. Scott; R. A. Collins. Observation of a Rapidly Pulsating Radio Source.

    London : 1968

    First edition, the extremely rare offprint, of the landmark paper which announced the discovery of pulsars, co-authored by British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell and her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, and three others; with a meaningful provenance, being bound eleventh in a volume of related offprints from the library of the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 131009

  21. Auto-Cars.
    FARMAN, D. Auto-Cars.

    London : 1896

    First edition in English, first published in France in the same year. This expansive work was written by Richard 'Dick' Farman, the eldest of the three Farman brothers who ran the Anglo-French Farman motoring company. The company, which produced both aircraft and cars, presented its first motor car at the Salon de l'Automobile in Paris in October 1919,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 130940

  22. Rockets.
    GODDARD, Robert H. Rockets.

    New York : 1946

    First edition, first printing, of this posthumously printed collection of Goddard's famous papers on rocketry; "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes" and "Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development", first published by the Smithsonian Institute in 1919 and 1936 respectively. This work also contains a new foreword by Goddard, the father of modern rocket... Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 130701

  23. Elogio di Lionardo Pisano:
    (FIBONACCI.) GUGLIELMINI, Giovanni Battista. Elogio di Lionardo Pisano:

    [Bologna : 1813]

    First edition of Guglielmini's lecture on Leonardo Pisano, better known today by his nickname Fibonacci, albeit a nickname which would not be invented by Guillaume Libri for another two decades. Fibonacci was the most influential of the Western mathematicians of the Middle Ages, popularising the system of Arabic numerals, and introducing to Europe what... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 130611

  24. Journal of Researches
    DARWIN, Charles. Journal of Researches

    London : 1839

    First separate edition, printed from the same sheets as Volume III of Fitzroy's Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, but with prelims i-iv cancelled and v-vi discarded. "His first published book is undoubtedly the most often read and stands second only to On the Origin of Species as the most often printed.... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 130580

  25. Cytology and Cell Physiology.
    (CRICK, Francis.) Bourne, Geoffrey. Cytology and Cell Physiology.

    Oxford : 1945

    Francis Crick's copy, with his pencilled signature to the pastedown, of an important cell biology textbook, outlining the biological worldview which Crick was schooled in and which he would ultimately overturn with his joint discovery of DNA in 1953. Though books from Crick's library do appear, relevant scientific texts published before the 1953 paradigm... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 130399

  26. Chemical and Physical Researches.
    (JOULE, James Prescott.) GRAHAM, Thomas. Chemical and Physical Researches.

    Edinburgh : 1876

    First edition, presentation copy to James Prescott Joule, with the printed presentation on the half-title "From James Young and R. Angus Smith" continued by hand "to Dr Joule FRS &c&c". The book later passed to the Chemical Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and then into the library of Churchill College, Cambridge, with their marks. Graham (1805-1869)... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 130394

  27. The Descent of Man, and selection in relation to sex.
    DARWIN, Charles. The Descent of Man, and selection in relation to sex.

    New York : 1871

    First US edition, later issue without errata. First published in the UK earlier that year, it was in this work that the word "evolution" appears for the first time, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species in 1872. Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle the thorny question of human evolution, but was forced... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130312

  28. 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: 130238

  29. A fine collection of eleven offprints, including two distinguished as some of his major works: Zur affinen Feldtheorie and Einheitliche Theorie von Gravitation und Elektrizität.
    EINSTEIN, Albert. A fine collection of eleven offprints, including two distinguished as some of his major works: Zur affinen Feldtheorie and Einheitliche Theorie von Gravitation und Elektrizität.

    Berlin : 1921-31

    First separate editions, rare, comprising eleven of Einstein's papers written for the Prussian Academy of Sciences journal, Sitzungsberichte, including two distinguished as some of his major worksZur affinen Feldtheorie (1923) and Einheitliche Theorie von Gravitation und Elektrizität (1931), both asterisked in Weil and included in the Norman Librarythree... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 130099

  30. Darwin, and after Darwin.
    ROMANES, George John. Darwin, and after Darwin.

    Chicago : 1896, 1895, 1897

    US editions, being the second edition of the first volume, and the first editions of the second two volumes (the UK editions were published the same years). Romanes (1848-1894) had a considerable influence on the study of Darwinism in the later 19th century. "A decisive influence on his activity and scientific work, in 1874, was when he received a brief... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 129884

  31. The Selected Works.
    DARWIN, Charles. The Selected Works.

    New York : 1896-7

    A handsomely bound set of the first authorized collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 129945

  32. Lexicon Technicum:or, an Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences:
    HARRIS, John. Lexicon Technicum:or, an Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences:

    London : 1704

    First edition. "John Harris, clergyman, mathematician, and (from 1709) secretary of the Royal Society, produced the first English encyclopaedia arranged in alphabetical order. He was the earliest lexicographer to distinguish between a word-book (dictionary, in modern parlance) and a subject-book (encyclopaedia proper), thereby overcoming the confusion... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 129763

  33. Notes and Sketches of Lessons on Subjects Connected with the Great Exhibition.
    (GREAT EXHIBITION.) Notes and Sketches of Lessons on Subjects Connected with the Great Exhibition.

    London : 1852

    First edition of this guide to educating children with reference to the Great Exhibition. Published the year after the Exhibition, the guide assumes the children will have seen and remembered it, with its exhibits taken as a ready reference point for learning. Rare, with OCLC listing six copies. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 129740

  34. The Mineral Springs of Japan.
    ISHIZU, Risaku. The Mineral Springs of Japan.

    Tokyo : 1915

    First and only edition, outside America OCLC shows only four locations in Japan and Taiwan, COPAC lists no copies in the UK and Ireland. This comprehensive study of Japan's hot springs was "compiled as an exhibit in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, in order to make known to the world the general conditions of Japanese mineral springs"... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 129488

  35. Notes From Sick Rooms.
    STEPHEN, Mrs Leslie [Julia]. Notes From Sick Rooms.

    London : 1883

    First edition of Julia Stephen's discussion of good nursing practice. The work demonstrates "a fine attention to detail - and to language: it includes an eloquent and witty passage on the torment of crumbs in bed" (ODNB). Stephen (1846-1895) was Virginia Woolf's mother, and an active philanthropist who "travelled round London by bus visiting hospitals... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 129359

  36. A New Plan for Speedily Increasing the Number of Bee-Hives in Scotland;
    BONNER, James. A New Plan for Speedily Increasing the Number of Bee-Hives in Scotland;

    Edinburgh : 1795

    First edition under this title, first published in 1789 as "The Bee-master's Companion and Assistant". James Bonner "who was Bee-Master at Auchencrow, near Berwick-on-Tweed, was the most able and the best known of Scottish bee-men" (British Bee Books, p. 99). Bonner appeals to the Scottish landed gentry to cultivate bee-hives, and addresses the problems... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 129065

  37. Aritmetica Prattica.
    CLAVIUS, Christopher. Aritmetica Prattica.

    Venice : 1678

    Later edition of the Italian translation, first published in Latin in 1583, with the Italian translation following in 1586. Christopher Clavius (1538-1612) was a German Jesuit astronomer and mathematician. "Clavius was an excellent teacher of mathematics, and his textbooks were models of good arrangement. This work is an attempt at a practical arithmetic.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 129127

  38. The Counter-Revolution of Science.
    HAYEK, Friedrich August von. The Counter-Revolution of Science.

    Glencoe, IL : 1952

    First US edition, first printing, of Hayek's criticism of scientism. "Hayek used the term scientism to refer to the slavish imitation of the methods of the physical sciences without regard for the innate differences between physical and non-physical reality" (The New Palgrave). This volume collects 17 papers, most of which first appeared in... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 129170

  39. Facts and Arguments for Darwin.
    MÜLLER, Fritz. Facts and Arguments for Darwin.

    London : 1869

    First English edition, first impression, of Müller's explication of Darwinian evolution through the natural history of crustaceans. This copy is from the library of Darwin bibliographer Richard Freeman with his ownership inscription and annotation on the front free endpaper verso, "R. B. Freeman, 1967, Translation of Für Darwin, 1864, Published on... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 128977

  40. Fratris Rogeri Bacon, ordinis minorum, Opus Majus
    BACON, Roger. Fratris Rogeri Bacon, ordinis minorum, Opus Majus

    London : 1733

    First edition, one of 30 large paper copies; William Bowyer's records show a further 220 copies were printed on smaller paper. Roger Bacon wrote the Opus Majus, his most important work, in the 1260s, but it went unpublished until the present edition. Samuel Jebb used the manuscript held by Trinity College Cambridge, resulting in the seventh part, absent... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 128868

  41. Two pieces of the Whirlwind Computer.
    (COMPUTING.) Two pieces of the Whirlwind Computer.

    [1940s-50s]

    Two limited edition paperweights, each with a unique piece of the Whirlwind I, the first large-scale digital computer able to operate in real-time, embedded within them. The importance of the experimental 'one-of-a-kind' Whirlwind computer to the development of technology cannot be overstated: it was the first to use magnetic core memory; the first... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 128889

  42. The Malay Archipelago:
    WALLACE, Alfred Russel. The Malay Archipelago:

    London : 1869

    Second edition, first published earlier that year, of "one of the finest scientific travel books ever written" (DSB). Wallace's account of his path-breaking eight-year collecting expedition was a huge success on first publication and has drawn praise for its artistic format and literary style in addition to its scientific merits, and has been shown... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 128819

  43. Über Spinalganglien und Rückenmark des Petromyzon.
    FREUD, Sigmund. Über Spinalganglien und Rückenmark des Petromyzon.

    [Vienna : 1878]

    First separate printing, presentation copy, with Freud's inscription at the head of the front wrapper: "Seinem lieben Freunde, Hernn Chem. Dr. S. Herzig d. Verf." Josef Herzig (1853-1924), professor of chemistry at the University of Vienna, was one of Freud's lifelong friends.
    Freud's third paper published as a medical student continued his research... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 128842

  44. Folie et Déraison.
    FOUCAULT, Michel. Folie et Déraison.

    Paris : 1961

    First edition, first printing, rare advance issue. This is not the well-known book edition with the Goya cover but one of only a few advance copies of Foucault's thesis. According to Didier Eribon, Foucault's biographer, the usual practice of the University of Paris at the time was to issue five copies in this simple wrappered format. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 128844

  45. The Quadrupeds of North America.
    AUDUBON, John James, & John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America.

    New York : 1852-54-54

    Early octavo edition. The naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851) had made his reputation with The Birds of America (published between 1827 and 1839), widely regarded as the finest illustrated book ever produced, with record-breaking auction prices to match. In the early 1840s, while the octavo edition of The Birds was still in the press,... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 128407

  46. [Dropped head title:] The Diary of a Retired Country Parson.
    [WARNER, Richard.] [Dropped head title:] The Diary of a Retired Country Parson.

    Chelwood : 1848

    First and sole edition, privately printed at Chelwood, the north Somerset parish of the antiquary Richard Warner (1763-1857) and produced to a remarkably high early-Victorian standard (see Cotton's Typographical Gazetteer, Second Series, Oxford, 1866). With a fine provenance: ownership inscription (on front free endpaper, in Latin and Greek) of Francis... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 127816

  47. Hydraulic Mining.
    LONGRIDGE, Cecil Clement, Capt. Hydraulic Mining.

    London : 1902

    "Third edition - revised and enlarged", first published 1899. Attractively produced, professional guide to the techniques of hydraulic mining. Longridge was educated at Radley and RMA, Woolwich. Commissioned into the Royal Artillery, he rose to become Chief Instructor at the Royal Military College, Bangkok. In 1890 he was appointed managing director... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 127563

  48. Tractatus Physicus
    ROHAULT, Jacques. Tractatus Physicus

    London : 1682

    First London edition, following the Geneva Latin edition of 1674; originally published as Traité de physique (Paris: Charles Savreux, 1671). This edition is dedicated to the physician Thomas Short (1635-1685); Pepys owned a copy (item 1278 in the catalogue of his library). Through the English version of the theologian and philosopher Samuel Clarke... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 127068

  49. Il Newtonianismo per le dame ovvero dialoghi sopra la luce e i colori.
    (NEWTON, Isaac.) ALGAROTTI, Francesco. Il Newtonianismo per le dame ovvero dialoghi sopra la luce e i colori.

    Naples [but Venice] : 1737

    First edition of the Italian polymath's enormously successful work, here in a well-preserved contemporary vellum binding, arguably the most famous example of a Newtonian text aimed at a female readership and "a landmark in the popularisation of Newtonian philosophy" (Mazzotti, p. 119).
    In this important contribution to the emerging literary genre... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 126501

  50. Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewussten.
    FREUD, Sigmund. Der Witz und seine Beziehung zum Unbewussten.

    Leipzig and Wien : 1905

    First edition, first impression. In Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, Freud distinguishes between jokes, the comic, and humour, arguing that the formation of jokes like dreams can be traced to the unconscious. Divided into three parts, the investigation psychoanalyses the technique of jokes, the motives behind them, and the relationship... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 126431

  51. Spacecraft with Wheels: the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
    (APOLLO SPACE PROGRAM.) Spacecraft with Wheels: the Lunar Roving Vehicle.

    Seattle, WA & Huntsville, AL. : 1971

    First and perhaps only edition of this wonderful promotional brochure touting the first manned extraterrestrial automotive vehicle. Extremely uncommon, no other copy traced. Developed by Boeing and General Motors, the LRV was an electric vehicle with four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, a rudimentary navigation system, airless tyres, and a theoretical... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 126329

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

    London : 1869

    Fifth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fifth edition of 1869 was of 2,000 copies and was again much revised. It is in this one that Darwin used the expression "the survival of the fittest", Herbert Spencer's term, for the first time; it appears first in the heading of Chapter IV" (Freeman). Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 125999

  53. Speeches delivered at a Dinner held in University College, London in Honour of Profesor Karl Pearson 23 April 1934.
    (PEARSON, Karl.) Speeches delivered at a Dinner held in University College, London in Honour of Profesor Karl Pearson 23 April 1934.

    Cambridge : 1934

    Sole edition of a celebratory volume of speeches issued following Pearson's retirement from the University of London in 1933, with contributions by G. Udny Yule, Harald Westergaard, and by Pearson himself, among others. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 125830

  54. Hevea Brasiliensis or Para Rubber.
    WRIGHT, Herbert. Hevea Brasiliensis or Para Rubber.

    Colombo : 1905

    First edition. Uncommon, just 5 locations on Copac, OCLC adds 7 further. This copy inscribed "To I.H. Burkill Esqre. from the Author". Wright was one of the leading authorities on tropical agriculture of his day, described in his Times obituary as "one of the foremost figures in the rubber industry". Educated at the Royal College of Science, Wright... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 125921

  55. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.
    GERARDE, John. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.

    London : 1633

    First edition of Johnson's enlarged version of the herbalist's major work, first published in 1597. Thomas Johnson (c.1595-1644), the London apothecary who was already a botanical writer of some note by 1633, sensibly marked his additions and major alterations to the first edition, making it possible to distinguish the revisions from the original. His... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 125719

  56. The Behaviour of Free-living Chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream Reserve.
    VAN LAWICK-GOODALL, Jane. The Behaviour of Free-living Chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream Reserve.

    London : 1968

    First edition of the author's PhD thesis, completed in 1965, expanded for publication with material based on further research conducted in 1967. Goodall's thesis details her observations of the Kasakela chimpanzee community in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, primarily carried out between 1960 and 1965. Goodall "redefined humanity" in her early... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 125628

  57. The Theory of Relativity.
    MØLLER, Christian. The Theory of Relativity.

    Oxford : 1952

    First edition, first impression. Danish theoretical physicist Christian Møller (1904-1980) intended this book to be a textbook on relativity and to clearly lay out the theories of general and special relativity. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 125579

  58. Vvedenie k polnomu izucheniyu organicheskoy khimii (Introduction to the Complete Study of Organic Chemistry).
    BUTLEROV, Aleksandr Mikhailovich. Vvedenie k polnomu izucheniyu organicheskoy khimii (Introduction to the Complete Study of Organic Chemistry).

    Kazan : 1864

    First edition, extremely uncommon with two copies only on OCLC, Deutsches Museum, Munich, and North Carolina; the first edition of the first textbook of organic chemistry to be based on the theory of chemical structure. It is impossible to credit Alexander Mikhailovich Butlerov (1828-1886) as the sole discoverer of chemical structure: the Scot Archibald... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 125476

  59. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,
    RAY, John. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,

    London : 1670

    First edition. "It is now a fairly uncommon book, though this may be partly explained by one of its main purposes, that is, to be used by botanists in the field, so that many copies would probably have been used up and destroyed" (Keynes). John Ray (1627-1705), "the son of a blacksmith, became one of England's greatest naturalists. He was pre-eminently... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 125417

  60. On the various contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing.
    DARWIN, Charles. On the various contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing.

    London : 1862

    First edition, first issue, variant a. with 32 pages of inserted advertisements dated December 1861. Darwin's first book after the Origin of Species, this was the first of the volumes of supporting evidence and attributed the evolution of the symbiosis between flowers and insects to natural selection. Freeman estimates the number of copies printed to... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 125367

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