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  1. In Defence of Sensuality.
    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front free endpaper. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108685

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  2. 47037
    First printing of one of the most influential papers in the history of oncology, the paper that gained its author eponymous fame, in which he described seven cases with an unusual appearance of the lymph glands and spleen. Sir Samuel Wilks made similar observations more than 30 years later, and recalling Hodgkin's earlier... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 47037

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  3. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First Dublin edition, same year as the first London edition; Kress lists the Dublin printing first and calls the London "another issue" while Tribe calls the Dublin edition a piracy. The Essays were published five years after Smith's death and edited by the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart (1753-1828); his "Account of... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 97132

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  4. 126856
    First edition, first impression. With a compliments slip from the publisher and the author loosely inserted. Carstairs used his Reith Lecture to analyse social changes that have taken place over the century, including changes to sexual morality, the role of women, and the prevalence of violence and mental illness. His condoning... Learn More
    £125

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  5. 125015
    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

    Stock Code: 125015

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  6. 124667
    First edition, first printing, of this historical study inspired by Clifford Beers's American Foundation for Mental Hygiene. Learn More
    £65

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  7. 113541

    Huishoudelyk Woordboek,

    Leiden & Amsterdam: 1743

    First Dutch edition, first published in France in 1709 as the Dictionnaire Oeconomique. Chomel's celebrated work was arguably the most popular household almanac of the 18th century. Ambitious in scope, the encyclopedia covers a broad variety of topics ranging from domestic chores to botany, distilling techiques, fishing,... Learn More
    £4,250

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  8. 115033
    The scarce second edition - first published in 1875 - of this influential work by the physician and author Andrew Wynter (1819-1876), "his only serious and substantial treatment of a medical subject, in which he expressed his firm belief in the importance of treating victims of mental illness without recourse to physical... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 115033

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  9. 115539
    First edition, first impression. From the author's library. This collection of 48 papers on Proteins, RNA and DNA was published as Volume 1 of the World Scientific Series in 20th-Century Biology. In his preface Sanger writes "I have selected what I consider to be my most important papers, most of which describe original... Learn More
    £100

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  10. 114963
    First edition, first printing of this authoritative study by the founding editor of The Railway Magazine. An excellent copy in the Lynton Lamb-designed dust jacket. Learn More
    £50

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  11. 114444
    First edition, first impression. "This is the first book to tell the story of the great technical and artistic achievements of stage lighting engineers during this period" (jacket blurb). Learn More
    £50

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  12. 114814
    Dissertation from the library of Frederick Sanger, who supervised the author's PhD research. Signed and dated by the author at the end of the acknowledgements. Learn More
    £100

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  13. 114810
    Dissertation from the library of two-time Nobel Prize winner Frederick Sanger, who supervised the author's PhD research. Signed by the author at the end of the acknowledgements. This is likely one of the earliest theses that Sanger oversaw, as he had only obtained his own PhD in 1943, about ten years earlier than Ryle would... Learn More
    £150

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  14. 118833
    First edition, first impression, of this book advocating the importance of introducing machinery such as the comptometer, Burroughs Adding Machine, dictaphone, and Gledhill-Brook Time Recorders into the workplace. "If we can overcome our doubtless very natural prejudices, and consent to use machinery for all purposes for... Learn More
    £175

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  15. .
    First edition, first printing. A history of the German chemical conglomerate which was co-opted by the Nazi regime to become the driving industrial force behind the war effort. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 107459

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  16. Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie … New Illustrations of Zoology,
    First edition. This is a very well coloured copy of a book which often suffers from indifferent colouring. Peter Brown (fl. 1758-1799), thought to be Danish, was court painter to the Prince of Wales. It is not certain if he studied as a pupil of Georg Ehret (1708-1770), the famous botanical artist from Germany, but he was... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 111330

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  17. New Babes for Old.
    First edition, first impression of this book on parenting and family health. Kok (1893-1969) was a South African-born writer and doctor who attended medical school in England during the 1920s, and was a forthright advocate for the health of women and neonates. She practised medicine until 1953, when she became a broadcaster... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 105191

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  18. Letters addressed to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on the Theory of Probabilities,
    First edition in English, originally published in French at Brussels in 1846. An inscribed presentation copy from the translator, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "R. Biddulph Esq./ with the Translator's/ Respectful Compliments". A pioneering work on probability and social statistics by the Belgian astronomer and mathematician... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 96972

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  19. Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen.
    A very interesting collection of rare pamphlets on road construction, including one unrecorded:
    a) LAUNHARDT, Wilhelm. Ueber Rentabilitat und Richtungsfeststellung der Strassen. Hanover 1869. 54 pp. including terminal advertisement leaf and folding map showing the road system linking the Elbe and Weser rivers. OCLC lists... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 96480

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  20. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees;
    First Albany edition, the second American edition, following that of Philadelphia (1802); this Albany printing adds an 8-page letter addressed to the publishers by a Peter W. Yates in which he discusses his own practical experiences in cultivating fruit trees. "Cobbett added an introduction and notes, intended for the American... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 95457

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  21. 1
    First edition. Uncommon, particularly so in the jacket. Just four copies on COPAC, OCLC adds five. This copy inscribed on the second blank; "Good wishes from Juliet de Key Whitsed, May 1935". Illuminating and entertaining diaries of "adventure and work" of a VAD in Salonika from June 1917 to June 1919, "lively" (Matthews).... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 93961

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  22. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:
    First edition of a popular and comprehensive educational handbook, further editions followed in 1802 and 1806. It includes a section on double-entry bookkeeping, and chapters on English grammar and elocution, penmanship, arithmetic, stock-holding and merchants' accounts, mensuration and architecture, optics, algebra, annuities,... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 96467

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  23. i1
    First edition. An early work by the French Enlightenment economist François Quesnay (1694-1774), intellectual leader of the physiocrats, the first systematic school of political economy. He is best known for his important Tableau économique (1758). Quesnay originally trained as a physician and, at the time of publication... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 96589

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  24. Five offprints on birds collected during the Whitney South Sea Expedition.
    Offprints of five ornithological papers by Ernst Mayr (1904-2005) that appeared in the American Museum Novitates. Notes on New Guinea Birds IV is inscribed on the front wrapper by Mayr to Hubert Lynes (1874-1942), admiral and noted ornithologist: "To Admiral Lynes with Kindest regards, E. Mayr." In 1929, Mayr, who was already... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 91310

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  25. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
    First edition. "Ainsworth was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1835 he was appointed surgeon and geologist to the Euphrates expedition. This account of the geological work of the expedition is dedicated to Francis Chesney head of the expedition. Ainsworth produced this work very quickly,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 95148

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  26. A Psychological Interpretation of some of Grimms' Fairy Tales.
    Privately published and circulated among friends of Dr. Rodgers, a Jungian analyst. This is a rare collection of some of her fairy tale interpretations, including "The Frog King", "Hansel and Gretel", and "Rumpelstiltskin". Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 90635

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  27. When the Wheels Revolve.
    An attractively designed General Motors brochure which explains for a general readership how automobiles work, with numerous diagrams and illustrations. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 88968

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  28. Science economique des manufactures.
    First edition of Isoard's French translation of On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures - Babbage's most successful lifetime publication, selling 3,000 copies. Prompted by the demands for precision in the construction of his first calculating engine, Babbage had made a conscientious and detailed survey of factories... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 93461

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  29. i1
    First edition of Kircher's outstanding work on acoustics and music, the first European book devoted entirely to acoustics, which treats at length of the echo, laws of acoustics, and of instruments. It presents a remarkable compilation of knowledge, gathered from many contemporary experiments in acoustics and the advances... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 84091

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  30. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
    First edition, first printing. The contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, and present Neumann's final conception of the theory of automata. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial and natural automata, as well as the logical design... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 91541

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  31. The Philosophical Principles of Natural and Revealed Religion.
    First edition of Ramsay's great work, left unpublished at his death in 1743, and given by his wife to Foulis, and seen through the press thanks to the good offices of Hutcheson and, after his death in 1746, John Stevenson. "It reiterated many of the arguments of Ramsay's Cyrus, but made more explicit his attempt to reconcile... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 90441

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  32. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First edition, published five years after Smith's death, edited by Dugald Stewart with his "Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith", originally presented to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in two sessions during 1793. The editor states that the essays were intended as parts of "a connected history of the liberal... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 90155

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  33. Book of Practical Television.
    First edition, first impression. A lovely copy, rare in the dust jacket. This detailed and copiously illustrated volume covers in-depth the early history and technology of the television, with numerous practical examples and instructional diagrams. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 87832

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  34. Alcohol: One Man's Meat.
    First edition, first printing of this study on alcoholism. The authors consider potential psychological, physiological, and social factors, as well as discuss successful means of treating what they define as the "abnormal drinker". Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 90449

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  35. Distribution of Luminosity in Elliptical Nebulae.
    First separate edition. This article builds on Hubble's work at Mt. Wilson in 1923 and 24, in which he discovered that the Milky Way was not, as previously believed, the extent of the universe, but just one galaxy among many. Hubble had shown that many "nebulae" were in fact galaxies filled with stars, but at the time this... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 88480

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  36. Cardinal Algebras.
    First edition, first printing and a lovely copy of this "axiomatic study of cardinal numbers (including zero) under finite and countable addition an important axiomatic contribution to the foundations of set theory" in which "many noteworthy theorems about generalized cardinal algebras are proved" (Birkhoff, review, Bulletin... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 88446

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  37. 90010
    First and only edition, uncommon, OCLC locates copies at BnF, Oxford, Tel Aviv, University of California, Swiss National Library, and Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. An interesting study of the morphology of Arab numerals with reference to calligraphy, illustrated with a series of elegant proportional studies... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 90010

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  38. .
    First edition, first printing of one of the earliest books to take seriously the effects of meteors on the earth's geology and biology, and the first to posit that the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by an asteroid impact. Kelly and Dachille were "visionaries" who "suggested that the dinosaurs were wiped out by the... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 88834

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  39. 1
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half title, "To Larry Owens, Stephen Jay Gould". A lovely copy. The Panda's Thumb was the second collection of essays from Gould's long-running Natural History Magazine column. It won the National Book Award in Science for 1981. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 87640

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  40. A Full Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide.
    First edition, written to combat Hume's Essay on Suicide (1783) and "one of the fullest surveys of philosophical and religious thought up to that time" (Encyclopedia of philosophy); "the most extensive treatise on the 'natural, social, moral, and religious' aspects of suicide the risk of which the psychiatrist must continually... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 88469

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  41. Sylva,

    Sylva,

    London: 1664

    First edition of Evelyn's most celebrated book and famously the first book to be printed by order of the Royal Society, which had been founded four years previously. During the 1640s and 1650s production of glass and iron increased rapidly and the wood used to fire the furnaces and factories was not being replaced by fresh... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87758

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  42. Metallic Phase with Long-Range Orientational Order and No Translational Symmetry.
    First editions, first impressions of the paper announcing the discovery of quasi-crystals by Daniel Shechtman and the follow-up paper that confirmed his results. Chemist Daniel Shechtman (1941- ) of the Israel Institute of Technology was spending a sabbatical at Johns Hopkins University during the early 1980s when he discovered... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 86384

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  43. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first major work, published when he was only eighteen years old. Saul Kripke (1940- ) is one of the most original and influential logicians and philosophers of the present day. In 1977 the New York Times magazine described him as "one of the most penetrating minds of our time.... Learn More
    £1,700

    Stock Code: 86372

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  44. Experimental Quantum Teleportation.
    First edition of the first paper describing successful quantum teleportation, the transmission of information using quantum entanglement, in which the quantum states of a pair of particles are linked so that a change in one alters the other, even at large distances. Quantum teleportation was first proposed theoretically... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 86343

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  45. A Potentially Realizable Quantum Computer.
    First edition of the first paper proposing a technologically feasible quantum computer. Author Seth Lloyd (1960- ) is a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and a pioneer in the realm of complex information systems. Quantum computers, which utilise quantum phenomena rather than circuits to store and manipulate data,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86340

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  46. Notes on the Theory of the Interaction of Field and Matter.
    Rare offprint of the paper which pointed out that the quantum electrodynamics of the time led to false predictions of the frequency of the absorption and emission spectra of atoms. This led directly to the breakdown of theory and the revolutionary work in quantum electrodynamics by Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86339

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  47. Radiation Theories of Tomonaga, Schwinger, and Feynman.
    First editions, first impressions of the papers that demonstrated the equivalence between Richard Feynman's diagram-based approach to quantum electrodynamics and Julius Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga's operator method approach. Both theories were presented for the first time at the Pocono Conference in April 1948, with... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 86336

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  48. Constitution of Atomic Nuclei and Radioactivity.
    First edition, first impression. Review copy with the publisher's slip loosely inserted. George Gamow (1904-1968) made his first major contribution to physics in 1928 with his theory of alpha particle decay, explaining how the atomic nucleus emits an alpha particle (two protons and two neutrons) and transforms into an atom... Learn More
    £500

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  49. Atomic Transmutation. The Greatest Discovery Ever Made.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Soddy on the half-title, "Frederick Soddy, May 20th 1953" and also by his co-author, "Love from the author, Muriel Howorth". Frederick Soddy, the discoverer of isotopes, began his career in the laboratory of Ernest Rutherford. "Together they published a series of papers on radioactivity... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83467

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  50. Untersuchungen ueber die Ausbreitung der Elektrischen Kraft.
    First collected edition of Hertz's important series of papers on electromagnetic waves, originally published between 1887 and 1890. The papers include "experimental proof by Hertz of the Faraday-Maxwell hypothesis that electromagnetic waves can be projected through space" (PMM 377) and "Hertz's report of his proof that electromagnetic... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83211

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  51. Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen and The Early History of the Roentgen Rays.
    First English language edition, first impression, the British issue of "The standard biography of Roentgen with a detailed history of the discovery of the Roentgen rays and the early period of roentgenology. Bibliography of 1044 items published during the first year after Roentgen's discovery" (Garrison-Morton 2702). Uncommon,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 83512

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  52. 82407
    First edition thus, Bellew had previously published two portions of his work; that relating to the Punjab, where he had been sanitary commissioner, in Lahore,1881, and a study of Bengal, Calcutta, 1884. An important contribution to the literature of the disease. Bellew had an extremely distinguished career; "served in the... Learn More
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  53. 77947
    Second edition. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 77947

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  54. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Training.
    As issued, originally classified "Restricted" now superseded. Binder contains 5 of the 8 pamphlets listed in the contents, those not present being 1 and 6 - the latter probably concerned with NBC Defence of Airfields and Landing Sites - which are "reserved", and 4 relating to Radiac Instruments which is "to be written".... Learn More
    £150

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  55. 80676
    An attractively bound and illustrated fourth edition of an important book, edited and enlarged by Edwin Norris, first published in 1848. Physician and ethnologist James Cowles Prichard was (along with William Lawrence and Charles William Wells) one of the three British scientific precursors to Darwin and evolutionary theory.... Learn More
    £650

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  56. The Natural History of Barbados.
    First edition, large paper copy with contemporary hand-coloured plates. Large paper copies were supplied to about a fifth of the thousand or so subscribers Hughes managed to attract to his lavish project. Each of the plates is dedicated to one of the more illustrious of the subscribers. "The book is one to place beside Catesby's... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 80069

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  57. 79783
    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,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 79783

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    First edition in French of Russell's Essay on the Foundations of Geometry, his second book and "first full-length philosophical work" (Richards, Essay on the Foundations of Geometry and the Cambridge mathematical tradition). The book was championed in France by the eminent mathematician Henri Poincaré, which led to Russell... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 75333

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  59. Castelli, e Ponti …
    First edition of this fundamental work for the history of the restoration and maintenance of St Peter's Fabbrica and for an understanding of early building practice. The master mason and engineer Nicola Zabaglia (1664-1750) invented many ingenious mechanical devices to aid restoration. Here he illustrates his techniques,... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 77359

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  60. Symmetries of Baryons and Mesons.
    First edition, first printing of Gell-Mann's most cited paper, which introduced his "Eightfold Way", work that would lead to his Nobel Prize in 1969. In the decades following the Second World War physicists discovered an astonishing array of particles but struggled to explain their relationships and how they fit into the... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 83282

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