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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. Petit Glossaire,
    BOUTHER DE PERTHES, Jacques. Petit Glossaire,

    Paris : 1835

    First edition of this glossary on bureaucratic matters by French archaeologist and writer Jacques Bouther de Perthes (1788-1868), who was one of the first to establish the presence of prehistoric man in Europe. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 125015

  2. [Kaleidoscope cat.]
    WAIN, Louis. [Kaleidoscope cat.]

    c.1930s

    A rare, superbly coloured "kaleidoscope" cat by the beloved "asylum artist" Louis Wain, presumed to have been created during his later years at Napsbury Asylum when his fluctuating psychological state was profoundly transforming his art. In this case, the image retains the realistic form of a mischievous cat but with the psychotic gleam and unnaturally... Learn More
    £18,500.00

    Stock Code: 125094

  3. Married Love.
    STOPES, Marie Carmichael. Married Love.

    London : [1925]

    Signed limited edition, number 9 of 540 copies signed by the author on the frontispiece; this additionally a presentation copy, inscribed by its infamous author to her son's nurse using her affectionate nickname, "To dear Niss, with the Author's love. Xmas 1925", on the front free endpaper.
    Sister Phyllis Jones, or "Niss", was nurse to the young... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 124621

  4. Principia Mathematica.
    WHITEHEAD, Alfred North, & Bertrand Russell. Principia Mathematica.

    Cambridge : 1925 & 1927

    Second editions of the complete set of the Principia Mathematica, each one of 1,000 copies printed. Supervised by Russell, this expanded edition includes a new introduction which reflects the advances made in the years since the publication of the first edition (1910-12-13). In this work, Whitehead and Russell attempted to construct "the whole... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 124543

  5. The Masters of Fate.
    SHALER, Sophia Penn. The Masters of Fate.

    New York : 1906

    First edition, first printing. The work recounts the achievements of physically infirm individuals, accounting how, through force of will, they overcome their limitations and master their fate. The author aims, through example, to offer to disabled individuals models of willpower and achievement. The book serves as a strong defence of the value of the... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 124446

  6. Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine.
    WIENER, Norbert. Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine.

    New York & Paris : 1948

    First American edition, first printing, published a few months after the edition published in Paris by Hermann et Cie. in printed wrappers. This book by the American mathematician and philosopher Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) saw the first public introduction of the term "cybernetics". Conceived narrowly, cybernetics is the study of the relation between... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 124345

  7. Diesel Engines for Land and Marine Work.
    CHALKLEY, A. P. Diesel Engines for Land and Marine Work.

    London : 1915

    Fourth edition, first impression. This revised and enlarged edition of A. P. Chalkley's work was in fact the second complete revision since its first publication in 1911, made necessary by "the rapid strides that were made in design and construction of the Diesel engine, more particularly for marine work". Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 124044

  8. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology
    DARWIN, Charles. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology

    London : 1860

    Second edition, and the final definitive text. The Journal of Researches was first published as volume III of Fitzroy's Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle in 1839, and also issued as an independent volume at the same time. The second edition, extensively revised and reduced from about 224,000 words to 213,000,... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 123893

  9. Modern Digital Computers.
    MALEY, Gerald A., & Edward J. Skiko. Modern Digital Computers.

    Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey : 1964

    First edition, first impression, of this introductory text to the field of digital computers, "organized to give the computer designer valuable insight into the techniques of programming and a comprehension of computer design to the programmer" (dust jacket). Maley and Skiko, both employees at IBM, examine the IBM 7000 series of computers as their working... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 123578

  10. A complete Victorian magic lantern set.
    (MAGIC LANTERN.) A complete Victorian magic lantern set.

    Nuremberg : [c. 1900]

    A very attractive example of a late 19th century magic lantern in strikingly good condition, produced by the renowned Ernst Plank Company, one of Europe's foremost manufacturers of magic lanterns and tin toys. The set of 12 delightful glass slides (neatly preserved in specially constructed slots in the original storage case) include whimsical scenes... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 123489

  11. [Patch label on front cover:] Matériels & Outils de Sondages pour les mines & les colonies (Materials and Survey Tools for Mines and Colonies).
    DRU, Léon & Saint-Just, & Louis-Georges Mulot. [Patch label on front cover:] Matériels & Outils de Sondages pour les mines & les colonies (Materials and Survey Tools for Mines and Colonies).

    Paris : [c.1890]

    A handsomely presented and apparently unique album of 21 striking original albumen prints showing test rigs and drilling machinery, largely for use in artesian exploration, assembled for one of the leading French engineering concerns of the period, Mulot & Dru, described by a contemporary as "acknowledged in France to be masters of the art of boring"... Learn More
    £12,750.00

    Stock Code: 123046

  12. Logic Without Metaphysics.
    NAGEL, Ernest. Logic Without Metaphysics.

    Glencoe, Illinois : 1956

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Carl Hempel on the front free endpaper: "To Peter, with affectionate regards, Ernest". An excellent association copy: Carl Gustav Hempel (1905-1997), known as "Peter" to his friends, was a German writer and philosopher, and a major figure in logical empiricism. Willard Van... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 122872

  13. Aspects de la nature avec des éclaircissements scientifiques.
    (HUMBOLDT, Alexandre de.) CIRCOURT, Adolphe de, comte. Aspects de la nature avec des éclaircissements scientifiques.

    [Paris] : 1856

    Review of Humboldt's Aspects de la nature, presentation copy to Alexis de Tocqueville, inscribed by Circourt on the front wrapper, "Monsieur Alexis de Toqueville de l'Académie Française, hommage de l'auteur." Circourt's book reviews are discussed in his extensive correspondence with Tocqueville (Œuvres complètes, vol. 18, 1951). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 122879

  14. The Anatomy of Melancholy,
    [BURTON, Robert.] The Anatomy of Melancholy,

    Philadelphia : 1836

    First US edition, uncommon in the publisher's cloth. First published in 1621, the title page indicated that this is the "first American edition, from the thirteenth English edition, corrected". The Anatomy "was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour - and its pedantry - are there.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 122454

  15. Half-length photographic portrait of Francis Galton, side profile, seated at a desk, poised to write.
    (GALTON, Francis.) HOLLYER, Frederick. Half-length photographic portrait of Francis Galton, side profile, seated at a desk, poised to write.

    [London : 1899

    A striking photographic portrait of the human geneticist and eugenicist Francis Galton, taken by Frederick Hollyer, the great late 19th-century celebrity photographer.
    Hollyer (1837-1933) was highly regarded for his fine platinum print reproductions of paintings, particularly those by the Pre-Raphaelites, who he met in 1860 and whose work he did... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 122552

  16. Trattato Analitico della Digestione
    BLONDLOT, Nicolas. Trattato Analitico della Digestione

    Naples : 1845

    First edition in Italian of this important work on the digestive system, originally published as Traité analytique de la digestion considérée particulièrement dans l'homme et dans les animaux vertébrés (Paris,1843). Very scarce: not on Copac, which lists only Royal College of Surgeons and Wellcome for the Paris first; for this Italian edition... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 122254

  17. 40 Wonders of the World; 40 Inventions of the World.
    [VOLVELLES.] 40 Wonders of the World; 40 Inventions of the World.

    New York : 1931

    First edition, thus, of this scarce and delightful double volvelle tracing the great inventions and wonders of the world. On the Inventions side the die-cut images each reveal the general use of the invention, where invented, when invented, name of the inventor, dates, and birthplace. The inventions include the telegraph, x-rays, lightning rod, rigid... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 122226

  18. Botany of the Speke and Grant Expedition.
    GRANT, J. Augustus, John Oliver, & others. Botany of the Speke and Grant Expedition.

    London : 1872[-5]

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Grant to African explorer Sir John Kirk on a panel from the original wrappers bound to face the title page: "My dear Kirk, I avail myself of the oppty of Sir Bartle Frere to send you Part I of the Botany of the 'Speke & Grant Expedition' and hope that future travellers will will sic find some advantage... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 122070

  19. Motor Bodywork; the Design and Construction of Private, Commercial and Passenger Types.
    BUTLER, Herbert J. Motor Bodywork; the Design and Construction of Private, Commercial and Passenger Types.

    London : 1924

    First edition, first impression, of the most comprehensive contemporary book on the subject, with a preface by Sir Herbert Austin. The 30 chapters cover open bodies, racing and sporting bodies, cape hoods, closed bodies, bodies with folding heads, shooting and luggage breaks and protected phaetons, seat fittings, windscreens, private bodywork, materials,... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 122003

  20. Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis. Aucta et emendata.
    HALLER, Albrech Von Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis. Aucta et emendata.

    Göttingen : 1753

    Second edition, greatly enlarged, of Von Haller's 1743 work Brevis Enumeratio Stirpium Horti Goettingensis. Haller organised the botanical garden at Göttingen University during his professorial tenure; this work is a classification of the plants in the garden, utilising Haller's own non-Linnaean taxonomical system. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121700

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

    London : 1866

    Fourth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fourth edition of 1866 was of 1,500 copies. It was again extensively altered, and it is in this one that the date of the first edition, as given on the verso of the half title, is corrected from October 1st to November 24th 1859" (ibid.) The 32 pp. of adverts bound at... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 121494

  22. Album of twelve fine watercolours of feathers painted on silk.
    (TROMPE L'ŒIL.) Album of twelve fine watercolours of feathers painted on silk.

    [c.1920]

    A superb collection of brilliantly rendered, almost photo-realist paintings of feathers; exquisitely finely coloured, and subtly highlighted and shaded, the sheen of the silk supporting the illusion, suggesting the natural translucence and lustre of the subject. Perhaps originally a wedding gift (the pattern of the cloth does suggest stylised bells... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 121347

  23. Le macchine ottiche:
    (PIUS IX.) FERRETI, Giovanni Maria Mastai. Le macchine ottiche:

    Florence : 1809

    Rare first edition of Le macchine ottiche, the first and only scientific publication of the future Pope Pius IX, born Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti (1792-1878), who reigned as pope from 16 June 1846 to his death, bound together with two of his original academic manuscripts on optics and mathematics.
    Mastai was educated privately up to the age of... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 121160

  24. The Young Gentleman's Astronomy, Chronology, and Dialling,
    WELLS, Edward. The Young Gentleman's Astronomy, Chronology, and Dialling,

    London : 1712

    First edition of Wells's three treatises on the mathematical elements of geography, written to enable students to "become Masters of the most useful and easy Elements of the liberal Arts and Sciences" (Preface). Composed by the Church of England clergyman and educationist Edward Wells (1667-1727), the texts provide simple instructions on how to calculate... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 121177

  25. The Life and Habits of Wild Animals.
    WOLF, Joseph. The Life and Habits of Wild Animals.

    London : 1874

    First edition, large paper issue. Wolf's "pictures are often noted for the astonishing realism of feet, fur, and feather texture, and for their backgrounds, which often include small but perfectly painted subsidiary creatures bickering or otherwise associating in a lively fashion. In the opinion of Sir Edwin Landseer he was 'without exception, the best... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 120461

  26. Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs.
    MEŸER, H. L. Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs.

    London : 1842-57

    First octavo edition, with the Willis and Sotheran reissue of volume VII (the Preface to volume I is dated 1852). The original folio edition of 1835-41 is described by Mullens and Swann as "one of our most valuable illustrated works on ornithology". Henry Leonard Meÿer involved his whole family in the production of his books, his wife assisting with... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 120503

  27. Politische Arithmetik oder die Arithmetik des täglichen Lebens.
    CANTOR, Moritz. Politische Arithmetik oder die Arithmetik des täglichen Lebens.

    Leipzig : 1898

    First edition of the German scholar's book on the application of mathematical methods to stock exchange activities. Cantor (1829-1920) has been described by mathematics professors Dauben and Scriba as "without doubt the most outstanding historian of mathematics in 19th-century Germany" (p. 123). He delivered lectures on elementary mathematics, including... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 120526

  28. 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). This copy with... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 120387

  29. 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: 120399

  30. Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality.
    WASSON, R. Gordon. Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality.

    New York : 1968

    First and limited edition, number 224 of 680 copies printed on handmade paper. Wasson's work on ethno-mycological studies brought increased scholarly attention to the importance of psychoactive plants in cultural and spiritual activities. In this work, through "intelligent and sometimes brilliant but always sensitive and unexpected ways... he proposes... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 120133

  31. 60 Velikogo Oktyarya [60 Years of the Great October.]
    (WATERMELONS IN UZBEKISTAN.) 60 Velikogo Oktyarya [60 Years of the Great October.]

    Tashkent : 1977

    First edition, no other copy traced. "In the spirit of socialist emulation inspired by the 60th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, a specialised engineering office and a pilot plant have successfully completed the key stages of a development plan for melon production. The issues of complex mechanisation of melon cultivation were... Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 120082

  32. Trichologia.
    WINTER, A. Trichologia.

    London : 1869

    First and only known edition of this unusual and uncommon book on hair, including its physiology, diseases, and cultural significance. An ad at the rear reports that the author, Mr. Winter, "may be consulted on Diseases of the Hair at his Residence, 205 Oxford Street, London, between the Hours of 10 and 4." For those unable to visit in person, a questionnaire... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 120113

  33. L'arte vetraria distinta in libri sette,
    NERI, Antonio. L'arte vetraria distinta in libri sette,

    Florence : 1661

    Second edition, following the Giunti edition of 1612, of the first published textbook of glassmaking. One special appeal of Neri's book was that it revealed the carefully guarded secrets of Venetian glassmakers, which the author had pieced together from working alongside Venetian craftsmen who had relocated to Pisa and Antwerp. "L'arte belongs to the... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 119789

  34. X-Rays and Electrons.
    COMPTON, Arthur Holly. X-Rays and Electrons.

    New York : 1926

    First US edition, first printing, of the Nobel Prize-winning author's first book, scarce in such bright, fresh condition and with the dust jacket, which is rarely seen in commerce. "In his early days at Princeton, Compton devised an elegant method for demonstrating the Earth's rotation, but he was soon to begin his studies in the field of X-rays. He... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 119916

  35. Fractals.
    MANDELBROT, Benoit B. Fractals.

    San Francisco : 1977

    First edition in English, first printing, of Mandelbrot's groundbreaking volume on fractal geometry, originally published in Paris in 1975. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 119549

  36. Prohibition at its Worst.
    FISHER, Irving. Prohibition at its Worst.

    New York : 1926

    First edition, first printing, of Fisher's defence of prohibition, arguing for its success in addressing the "alcohol problem" and its economic consequences. "Over a period of twenty years, Fisher gravitated from tolerance of moderate alcohol consumption to a position in favour of total abstinence and national prohibition. He wrote more than a hundred... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 119584

  37. Charities of France in 1866.
    [LAWRENCE, William Richards.] Charities of France in 1866.

    Boston : 1867

    First and only edition, printed for private distribution. William Richards Lawrence (1812-1885) was a Boston philanthropist who, after studying medicine at Harvard Medical School, travelled to France and spent several months visiting hospitals and clinics in Paris. This account provides a historical survey of a variety of different hospitals and charities... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 119396

  38. The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea or Land:
    MACKAY, Andrew. The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea or Land:

    London : 1793

    First edition of this important and scarce work. The Scottish teacher of navigation, Andrew Mackay (1758-1809), "corrected the latitude of Aberdeen, estimated the longitude by comparing timings of Jovian satellite phenomena with Greenwich, and rated chronometers. Meantime he earned his living teaching mathematics, geography, navigation with lunars,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 119448

  39. Quadripartitum, translated by Plato Tiburtinus.
    PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. Quadripartitum, translated by Plato Tiburtinus.

    Venice : 1484

    First edition in Latin. Ptolemy's treatise on astrology, the Tetrabiblos, was the most popular astrological work of antiquity and also enjoyed great influence in the Islamic world and the medieval Latin West. The translation was made from Arabic to Latin in 1138 by Plato of Tivoli, the 12th-century Italian mathematician, astronomer and translator who... Learn More
    £47,500.00

    Stock Code: 119247

  40. A Narrative of a Visit to the Mauritius and South Africa.
    BACKHOUSE, James. A Narrative of a Visit to the Mauritius and South Africa.

    London : 1844

    First edition of the author's second book, uniform with his Narrative of a Visit to the Australian Colonies, published the previous year. Backhouse (1794-1869) came from a prominent Quaker family of botanists and horticulturists with roots in Darlington, where his grandfather, also James, made the family fortune by establishing a bank. He sailed for... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 119271

  41. Die organische Chemie
    LIEBIG, Justus. Die organische Chemie

    Braunschweig : 1840

    First edition of one of the key scientific texts of the 19th century, the first to introduce the concept of metabolism into physiology. It was incredibly popular "In 1840 Liebig asserted with his customary passionate conviction that only the mineral elements of the soil were essential to plant health and growth. Humus he derided. We now know that in... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 119051

  42. A Century of Orchidaceous Plants selected from Curtis's Botanical Magazine.
    HOOKER, Sir William Jackson, & John Charles Lyons. A Century of Orchidaceous Plants selected from Curtis's Botanical Magazine.

    London : 1849

    First edition, from the Knowsley library of the Earl of Derby, with his armorial bookplate, and the shelf mark of the Back Library at Knowsley noted on the front free endpaper verso; also annotated at the head of the half-title "from Boone April 15th 1849" (just shaved by the binder) - almost certainly a reference to the London booksellers/publishers... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 118950

  43. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes,
    SPRUCE, Richard; Alfred Russel Wallace (ed.) Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes,

    London : 1908

    First edition. One of Wallace's later works was this edition of the botanical papers and diaries of his friend and co-Amazonian explorer Richard Spruce, who had died in 1894. "This work best reflects Spruce's gift for analysis, description, and narrative, along with his dry humour" (ODNB).
    Spruce was sent to South America in 1849 by Hooker, Bentham,... Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 119025

  44. The Orchid Album,
    WARNER, Robert, Benjamin Samuel Williams, & Thomas Moore. The Orchid Album,

    London : 1882-97

    First edition of this magnificent work, one of the great orchid books of the nineteenth century; bibliographies call for 528 plates but overlook the fact that the only folding plate (which appears in volume I) is double-numbered as 9-10 - this is a complete set and includes the four-page obituary for Benjamin Samuel Williams in volume IX.

    The... Learn More
    £16,000.00

    Stock Code: 119040

  45. IBM's Early Computers;
    BASHE, Charles, Lyle R. Johnson, John H. Palmer, & Emerson W. Pugh. IBM's Early Computers;

    Cambridge, MA : 1986

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed from the authors to "I. Bernard Cohen - Many thanks". As the editor of the MIT Press Series in the History of Computing, Cohen provided the foreword for this book, which chronicles and analyses the technical development of IBM from its time as a small manufacturer in the 1920s to its status... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 118806

  46. 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
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 118811

  47. Solution of Linear Systems of High Order.
    (VON NEUMANN, John.) BARGMANN, Valentine, Deane Montgomery, & John von Neumann. Solution of Linear Systems of High Order.

    [Washington, D.C.] : 1946

    First edition of this report on computer-oriented numerical analysis, a key document in charting the early development of von Neumann's understanding of the work of Carl Friedrich Gauss. The statistician Harold Hotelling had discredited Gauss's approach to numerical analysis and "advocated using an iterative method to eliminate numerical instability... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 118844

  48. Punched Card Methods in Scientific Communication.
    ECKERT, W. J. Punched Card Methods in Scientific Communication.

    Columbia University, New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing of the professor of astronomy's groundbreaking work on scientific computation. "Eckert had become aware of the possibilities of punched-card calculation through visits to the IBM-Columbia University Statistical Bureau, established in 1939; he was also probably inspired by reports from the American astronomer E. W. Brown,... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 118607

  49. The Belgian Field Hospital.
    (WORLD WAR I.) The Belgian Field Hospital.

    London : 1915

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with a just single copy at the Royal College of Surgeons located by Copac and OCLC. "The work of the Belgian Field Hospital since its establishment at Antwerp early in September and its removal, under the greatest difficulties during the bombardment to Furnes close behind the fighting line is described in the... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 118350

  50. The Museum of Science & Art.
    LARDNER, Dionysius (ed.) The Museum of Science & Art.

    London : 1854-6

    First edition, the complete set, of the Irish writer and popular lecturer's treatises on a wide range of scientific topics, including astronomy, geology, optical images, the steam engine, and clocks. "At the height of his career, Lardner lectured extensively on scientific and technical subjects, wrote prolifically, and became a scientific celebrity.... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 118187

  51. A Survey of Mathematical Logic.
    HAO, Wang. A Survey of Mathematical Logic.

    Peking : 1962

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Lucia and Monty, with warm regards from Hao". This is the logician, philosopher, and mathematician's second book, which comprises a collection of introductory papers on a variety of topics, including the axiomatic method, computation, Turing's theory... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 118207

  52. 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 the following year. Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle the thorny question of human evolution,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 117907

  53. Elements of Geology.
    LYELL, Charles. Elements of Geology.

    London : 1838

    First edition of the companion volume to Lyell's pioneering work, Principles of Geology (1830-1833). "Originally intended as a supplement to the Principles, this formed an independent practical guide to the science of geology" (Summerhayes, p. 12). Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 117955

  54. Pre-Historic Times,
    LUBBOCK, John. Pre-Historic Times,

    London : 1865

    First edition of what has been called "the most influential work dealing with archaeology in the nineteenth century" (Murray, p. 243) in which Lubbock "introduced the terms Neolithic and Paleolithic into the archaeological lexicon". Lubbock was Darwin's neighbour in Kent, and helped prepare the manuscript of Origin of Species for the press. He is "routinely... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 117961

  55. Geschichte der Arabischen Aerzte und Naturforscher.
    WÜSTENFELD, Ferdinand. Geschichte der Arabischen Aerzte und Naturforscher.

    Göttingen : 1840

    First edition of the work which was long considered the first Western history of Arabic science and medicine, and though in fact preceded by an obscure work in French by Pierre Joseph Amoreux, published in 1805, it remains the foundational work on the subject (see Arcadian Library p. 216). The last 16 pages are lithographed extracts from three Arabic... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 117640

  56. On the Cultivation, and Curing of Parà Rubber (Havea Brasiliensis).
    WICKHAM, Henry Alexander. On the Cultivation, and Curing of Parà Rubber (Havea Brasiliensis).

    London : 1908

    First edition, uncommon just 6 copies on Copac. Wickham (1846-1928), first visited South America in 1866, setting himself up as a dealer in bird plumage. He subsequently pieced together a living as a rubber dealer, sugar and tobacco planter. In 1872 he was taken on by Sir John Hooker as a plant collector, and was introduced to Clement Markham who... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117719

  57. Six Discourses delivered before The Royal Society.
    DAVY, Sir Humphry. Six Discourses delivered before The Royal Society.

    London : 1827

    First edition of this series of lectures from the British chemist, famous for his invention of a miner's safety lamp, including his 1820 inaugural lecture on the progress of science. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 116704

  58. The Plant-Magic Man.
    DURRELL, Lawrence. The Plant-Magic Man.

    Santa Barbara : 1973

    First edition in book form, signed limited issue. Number 197 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the author on the colophon, and handbound by Earle Grey for the publisher. This is the fifth book in the Yes! Capra Chapbook Series, edited by Robert Durand and Noel Young. Durrell's essay first appeared in the Paris Edition of the New York Herald Tribune... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 116530

  59. The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.
    RAWLINGS, A. L. The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression, of the author's "pocket book" (Preface) chiefly intended for makers and users of gyrocompasses. A second edition was published in the US in 1944. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 116545

  60. Camera, Take the Stand!
    HERZOG, Asa S., & A. J. Ezickson. Camera, Take the Stand!

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To A. G. Corley - Who can transmit congeniality & friendship at all times - A. J. Ezickson". "Modern crime fighters have discovered science to be their firmest ally... This book tells the story of that little magic black box and the part it plays in fighting the criminal" (Preface).... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 116419

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