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  1. 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
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  2. 122425detail
    The first authorized collected edition of his works. Rare in the original morocco binding. Learn More
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  3. 117962
    First edition, second printing, of the definitive, authorised biography of "one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century". In accordance with Crick's wishes, it was not published until after his death in 2004. With full access to Crick's archives and papers, Olby produced both an impressive work of scholarship... Learn More
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  4. 120461
    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... Learn More
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  5. 121987
    First edition, first printing, of this biography of the Copernican Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), one of the great "martyrs of science", with an English translation of his greatest contribution to scientific and philosophical thought. Both Dorothea Waley Singer (1882-1964) and her husband Charles Singer were historians of medicine;... Learn More
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  6. 121700
    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
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  7. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed verso of the front free endpaper, "P. Brown Esqre, M.D. with the kind regards of the Author", with Brown's ownership inscription to the title page. The son of a Newcastle seedsman, Belt (1832-1878) was educated at a private school conducted by by John Storey, a secretary of Tyneside... Learn More
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  8. 117640
    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... Learn More
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  9. 119662
    First edition, first impression, accompanied by a piece of Jodrell Bank ephemera signed by the author. This, the British astronomer's survey of the history and development of space exploration, is an expansion of his lecture of the same name delivered at the University of Edinburgh on 6 March 1973.
    Jodrell Bank was the... Learn More
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  10. 114554
    First edition of the first significant publication of the Royal Bath and West of England Society, published three years after the society was founded. From the library of natural history collector William Constable (1721-1791), whose Cabinet of Curiosities was donated to Hull City Museums in the 1960s, with his armorial... Learn More
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  11. 112234
    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... Learn More
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  12. 118207
    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,... Learn More
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  13. 117961
    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... Learn More
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  14. 117955
    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
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  15. 120503
    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... Learn More
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  16. 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
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  17. 120482
    Volume 53 of Curtis's Botanical Magazine. William Curtis (1746-1799), the botanist and entomologist, published the first volume of The Botanical Magazine in 1787. The periodical intended to provide practical information on the ornamental and exotic plants rapidly becoming popular in Britain. It followed Curtis's well-received,... Learn More
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  18. 120487
    Volume 54 of Curtis's Botanical Magazine. William Curtis (1746-1799), the botanist and entomologist, published the first volume of The Botanical Magazine in 1787. The periodical intended to provide practical information on the ornamental and exotic plants rapidly becoming popular in Britain. It followed Curtis's well-received,... Learn More
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  19. 120375
    First edition, from the first impression of 1,000 copies. "These meticulous studies form a minor contribution to the evolutionary series by the study of the adaptations of such plants to impoverished conditions... The book was published on 2 July 1875, in a standard binding without inserted advertisements. It is stated that... Learn More
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  20. 120216
    First edition, second issue, with the relevant issue points: one line erratum in volume I and the imprint on two lines. The second issue, consisting of of 1,250 copies, was published in February 1868 and the two issues have "considerable textual differences". Darwin refers to one of these in More Letters, "a story of the... Learn More
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  21. 120133
    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... Learn More
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  22. 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
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  23. 118844
    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... Learn More
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  24. 118811
    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... Learn More
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  25. 118806comp
    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... Learn More
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  26. 115179
    First edition of one the great English books of the eighteenth century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Ency. Brit.) White's Selborne is arranged into three sequences of letters, those addressed to Pennant and to Barrington forming the natural history portion of the volume, the... Learn More
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  27. 114798
    The doctoral dissertation of prominent biochemist Richard Penry Ambler. From the library of his supervisor Frederick Sanger, with a large number of Sanger's pencilled annotations, largely x's to mark specific points, as well as a few small corrections and short notes about the content.
    Ambler obtained his doctoral degree... Learn More
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  28. 114809
    The doctoral dissertation of the eminent physician, polymath, and UN delegate Davidson Nicol. Inscribed from the author to his Cambridge mentor Frederick Sanger on the front free endpaper, "To Fred Sanger, with many thanks for your help and inspiration over this work, from, Davidson Nicol. Return address: University College... Learn More
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  29. 114801
    Brownlee completed this dissertation on sequencing E. coli RNA under Sanger's guidance at the Laboratory of Molecular..."> The doctoral dissertation of distinguished molecular biologist George Gow Brownlee. Inscribed by the author to his supervisor Frederick Sanger on the front free endpaper, "To Fred, from George, May 1967".
    Brownlee completed this dissertation on sequencing E. coli RNA under Sanger's guidance at the Laboratory of Molecular... Learn More
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  30. 114800
    The doctoral dissertation of Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, signed by the author on the preface and with six neat manuscript annotations in her hand, including one of significant length on table 3.II. From the library of Frederick Sanger, with two small pencilled notes in his hand.
    Elizabeth... Learn More
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  31. 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
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  32. 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
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  33. 119025
    Spruce was sent to South America..."> 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... Learn More
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  34. 114973
    Second edition, expanded and with a new preface, following the first of 1861: "it continues to be a matter of considerable surprise and regret that the special study of insanity should still be so ignored by the various licensing medical bodies, that it forms no necessary part of the curriculum of a medical education" (preface).... Learn More
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  35. Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon & Andes
    Spruce had been sent to South..."> 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 had been sent to South... Learn More
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  36. 114951
    First edition of a key work by the American pioneer in nervous and mental disorders William A. Hammond (1828-1900), neurologist and Surgeon-General of the United States Army. Hammond's Treatise on Diseases of the Nervous System (New York: Appleton, 1871) was "the first American treatise on neurology" (Garrison & Morton).... Learn More
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  37. 118350
    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... Learn More
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  38. 117719
    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... Learn More
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  39. 116545
    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
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  40. 116419comp
    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... Learn More
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  41. 116000
    First editions of both works. In the first work, dedicated to the Neapolitan regent Bernardo Tanucci, the Italian physician Michele Sarcone (1731-1797) describes the devastating gastrointestinal fever that struck Naples in 1764, the grim climax to several years of famine. Sarcone was a firm believer in autopsy to help diagnose... Learn More
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    The Astonishing Hypothesis.

    London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Toronto: 1994

    First UK edition, first impression. British biochemist Francis Crick, together with James Watson, discovered the structure of DNA in 1953. In this volume, he grapples with some of the greatest scientific and philosophical questions about the connection between the human mind and body. Learn More
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  43. Smithsonian Scientific Series.
    Signed limited edition, one of 875 sets signed by C. G. Abbot and especially prepared for the patrons of the Smithsonian. Learn More
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    First edition, with all four half titles present, and the 15 engraved plates by Laurillard. This is the seminal work of natural history by the recognised father of comparative anatomy, applying the Linnaean system of classification to the whole animal kingdom, and establishing the four classes, vertebrata, mollusca, articulata... Learn More
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    First and limited edition, number 386 of 1,250 copies signed by Scott. A particularly attractive copy of the sumptuously produced limited edition. Learn More
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  46. i1
    First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) "was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital... and was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital". The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as "much-overlooked... Learn More
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  47. .
    First edition, first printing, Viking Hall commemoration presentation copy from the library of NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr, signed by the author and head of the Viking Project, as well as by 12 other persons involved in the Viking project including J. Preston Layton, Lt. Comdr. W. Pat Murphy, W. Paul Smith and... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 114401

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  48. The Origins of Prebiological Systems
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the editor to NASA administrator Dr Homer E. Newell Jr on the front free endpaper, "22 February 1965, To Dr. Homer Newell with compliments, Sidney W. Fox". A fine association for this collection of studies on the origin of life, conducted partly under the auspices... Learn More
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    The Decision to Go to the Moon.

    Cambridge, MASS, and London, England: 1970

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed to NASA administrator Dr. Homer E Newell Jr. on the front free endpaper, "8/24/70, To Homer Newell, with Warm Regards, John Logsdon". This book is very scarce inscribed, and superb with such an association. Dr Homer E. Newell Jr. (1915-1983) was a mathematics professor... Learn More
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  50. Guide to Rockets, Missiles, and Satellites.
    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... Learn More
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  51. Ontogeny and Phylogeny.

    Ontogeny and Phylogeny.

    Cambridge, MA & London: 1977

    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), a professor of zoology and paleontology at Harvard, was a leading light among biologists at the end of the previous century. His development of the theory of punctuated equilibria, the argument that evolution occurs in rapid bursts of... Learn More
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  52. Studies in Deductive Logic.
    First edition, with the publisher's ads to rear dated February 1881. Learn More
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  53. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.
    First edition. Forsyth (1737-1804), for whom the forsythia was named, was superintendent of the royal gardens at St. James and Kensington. The Observations on the Diseases, Defects, and Injuries of Fruit and Forest Trees had been separately published in 1791. The "particular method of cure" was a "plaister", or paste, whose... Learn More
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  54. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
    Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113696

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  55. Rules for the Attendants and Assistants of the Vermont Asylum.
    Founded in 1834 as the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, later renamed the Brattleboro Retreat, and still in operation today as Retreat Healthcare, the asylum was one of the first such institutions established in the United States. The initial funds for its foundation came from a bequest left by Anna Hunt Marsh, the wife of... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 111218

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  56. 112168
    First edition, an unusually fresh complete copy in handsome contemporary tree calf, of this survey of the Atlantic Islands by French naturalist Jean Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent (1778-1846). The "Isles Fortunees", the Blessed Isles, of the Atlantic, now understood to be the Canary Islands, were thought in classical antiquity... Learn More
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  57. Raum und Zeit.

    Raum und Zeit.

    Leipzig and Berlin: 1909

    First separate edition, first printing, of Minkowski's revolutionary paper which "introduced the notion that made possible the expansion of the relativity theory of Einstein from its specific (1905) to its general form (1916). The technical description of Minkowki's hypothesis is the four-dimensional space-time continuum."... Learn More
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  58. Non-Verbal Communication.
    First edition, first impression. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip laid in. This report on non-verbal communication in humans and animals sets out the findings of a Royal Society study group. It is accompanied by essays "written from the point of view of a linguist, zoologists, psychologists, anthropologists... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112867

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  59. Notes of a Naturalist in South America.
    First edition, presentation copy to the author's college, Christ's College, Cambridge, with the presentation bookplate to the front pastedown. The Dublin-born John Ball (1818-1889) was a politician, naturalist, and Alpine traveller. After leaving Cambridge he travelled in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe, contributing... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 111224

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  60. Nature versus Natural Selection: an essay on Organic Evolution.
    First edition. Charles Clement Coe (1830-1921) was educated at Manchester College, Oxford, and was appointed minister of the Unitarian Great Meeting chapel in Bond Street, Leicester. In this work, he defends evolution but rejects natural selection. The Scottish biologist J. Arthur Thomson gave the book a positive review,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 111223

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