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ARAGO, François. Annuaire pour l'an 1842,
Paris : 1842Second edition, the only procurable one, presentation copy inscribed by Arago on the title page to "James Watt, de la part de son ami F. Arago". The recipient is James Watt (17691848), son of the renowned Scottish inventor of the same name for whom Arago wrote his Historical Eloge, which was read at the Academy of Sciences in 1834.
The... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141018
HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.
New York : 1988First US edition, second issue, of this masterpiece of scientific popularization; an impeccably provenanced copy, with Hawking's thumbprint signature on the title page and a typed letter signed on Hawking's Cambridge stationery from his assistant Andrew Dunn, gifting the book for Christmas 1989 and discussing textual differences between the printings... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 137757
GALTON, Francis. Finger Prints; Decipherment of Blurred Finger Prints; Finger Print Directories.
London : 1892, 1893, 1895First editions of Galton's three publications on fingerprints, this a very scarce presentation set with the first work inscribed by Galton to his brother, "Erasmus Galton, from F.G.", on the half-title, the second work with Erasmus's ownership inscription "E. Galton, Oct 9 1893" to verso of front free endpaper. Erasmus (1815-1909) was named after their... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 134448
THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
London : 1949First and only edition. Well-represented institutionally, and occasionally encountered on the market, but rarely without library paraphernalia, and in such sound condition. Thompson was one of the leading Assyriologists of his era, his skill in the transcription of cuneiform being such that some of "those in Thompson's handscript remain indispensable"... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 140452
ROMANES, George John. Darwin, and after Darwin.
Chicago : 1896, 1895, 1897US 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
(ARCUSSIA, Charles d'.) LOFT, John, trans. D'Arcussia's Falconry.
Louth, Lincolnshire : 2003First and only edition of the first English translation of d'Arcussia's La Fauconnerie, first published in 1599, Loft's translation from the 1643 edition; signed and dated by the translator on the half-title. Uncommon: a search of online institutional holdings produces just five locations: BL, Oxford, Cambridge, McGill and the US Air Force Academy.... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 136151
MÜLLER, Fritz. Facts and Arguments for Darwin.
London : 1869First 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
TURING, Sara. Alan M. Turing.
Cambridge : 1959First edition, first impression, of this biography and memorial volume written by the mother of the great computer science pioneer. Uncommon, especially so in the jacket, and apparently issued in an edition of as little as 500 copies, it is an interesting work which strives to establish Turing's credentials without reference to his then still-classified... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 133628
WASSON, R. Gordon. Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality.
New York : 1968First 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
LUBBOCK, John. Pre-Historic Times,
London : 1865First 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
HALLER, Albrech Von Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis. Aucta et emendata.
Göttingen : 1753Second 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
EDELMAN, Gerald M. Bright Air, Brilliant Fire.
New York : 1992First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Sydney Brenner on the front free endpaper, "For Sydney with affection and admiration Gerry". Edelman (1929-2014) won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1972 for his work on the immune system with Rodney Robert Porter. Brenner (1927-2019), one of the leading biologists... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 140632
LYELL, Charles. Elements of Geology.
London : 1838First 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
DILLON, John Talbot. Travels Through Spain,
London : 1782Second London edition, third overall, of Dillon's earliest work which was first published in 1780 in London, and the following year in Dublin.
John Talbot Dillon (1734-1806) was a traveller and historian. He was also "clearly proud to be a baron of the Holy Roman empirea title conferred on his father, Francis, and passed down on his death in... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 133535
EDELMAN, Gerald M. Neural Darwinism.
New York : 1987First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Sydney Brenner on the front free endpaper, "For Sydney with my kindest regards Gerry". Edelman (1929-2014) won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1972 for his work on the immune system with Rodney Robert Porter. Brenner (1927-2019), one of the leading biologists... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140629
(BUNBURY, Charles James Fox.) BUNBURY, Frances Joanna (ed.) Life, Letters and Journals of Sir Charles J. F. Bunbury, Bart.
London : 1894First and sole edition of this highly uncommon memoir of the distinguished palaeobotanist Sir Charles James Fox Bunbury, eighth baronet (18091886), printed for private circulation among friends and relatives only. It includes a generous gathering of his letters and substantial selections from his journals, of which ODNB remarks, "few other journals... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 123689
NAPIER, James. A Manual of Dyeing Receipts for General Use.
London & Glasgow : 1855First edition. Highly interesting practical work with 56 small fabric samples mounted in the text, which immediately predates the massive expansion of the German synthetic dye industry. This is an excellent copy of this attractive book, which is moderately uncommon institutionally, with just a dozen copies on Library Hub, and rarely encountered on the... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 139284
SCROPE, George Poulett. Volcanos.
London : 1862Second edition, revised and enlarged, of Scrope's pioneering Considerations on Volcanos (1825); presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "from the Author", above the ownership inscription of "T. Rupert Jones, April 2 '62". Professor Thomas Rupert Jones (1819-1911), FRS, FGS, was president of the Geologists' Association... Learn More£685.00
Stock Code: 135654
CALDAS, Francisco José de. Ensayo de una memoria sobre un nuevo método de medir las montañas,
Burdeos : 1819First edition of the posthumously published work in which Caldas describes his principal scientific achievement, the discovery of a method for measuring altitude by the boiling point of pure water. Caldas (1768-1816), a self-taught scientist - and a lawyer and military engineer - from Popayán, New Granada, independently discovered the hypsometric principle... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 139366
(EARTHQUAKES.) ODRIOZOLA, Manuel de. Terremotos.
Lima : 1863First edition and only edition of this history of Lima's seismic activity since the colonial era, and its effect upon the development of Peru's coastal capital, in order to establish patterns and better predict future events.
Manuel de Odriozola (1804-1889) was a Peruvian Colonel of cavalry and leading figure of the Independance of Peru, the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 132570
WÜSTENFELD, Ferdinand. Geschichte der Arabischen Aerzte und Naturforscher.
Göttingen : 1840First 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
OSBORN, Fairfield. Our Plundered Planet.
Boston : 1948First edition, first printing, of one of the founding texts of modern environmentalism, the best-selling work of the conservationist Henry Fairfield Osborn Jr (1887-1969) and one of the first popular environmental books.
Dedicated "to all who care about tomorrow", Our Plundered Planet urges its readers to recognize humankind's silent but systematic... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 138301
LIEBIG, Justus. Die organische Chemie
Braunschweig : 1840First 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
SCHOPENHAUER, Arthur. Ueber das Sehn und die Farben, eine Abhandlung.
Leipzig : 1816First edition of Schopenhauer's second work, a treatise on vision and colour, drawn from, and in sympathy with his exchanges with Goethe on the matter. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 135259
COE, Charles Clement. Nature versus Natural Selection: an essay on Organic Evolution.
London : 1895First 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, describing it as a very interesting... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 111223
CUVIER, Georges, & Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon. La Voliere de la Jeunesse,
Paris : 1817First and only edition of this charming juvenile guide to the world's birds, based on the work of Cuvier and Buffon, attractively illustrated with a suite of lively and well-executed, if unsophisticated, plates. Uncommon, with just four sets located in an online search of institutional holdings: no copies traced in the UK, just one in the US. This copy... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136054
(ZOOLOGY.) La Ménagerie Royale,
Paris : 1814First edition published under this title, second overall. This work was first published in 1812, under Napoleon's reign as emperor, as "La Ménagerie Impériale." Napoleon abdicated in 1814, to be succeeded by King Louis XVIII, and so the menagerie was reclassified as "royale," prompting Saintin to reissue the book from the same sheets with a suitably... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134214
HUXLEY, Thomas Henry. Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature.
London : 1863First edition of Huxley's key work, the first unification of the anatomical and embryological evidence for human evolution, in which Huxley rejects the idea that man should occupy an order separate from the apes; from the library of anthropologist and archaeologist Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers (18271900), with his pencilled notes to the half-title... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 132659
BROWN, Peter. Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie … New Illustrations of Zoology,
London : 1776First 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 most certainly influenced by... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 111330
MEAD, Margaret. Coming of Age in Samoa.
New York : 1928First edition, first printing, of Mead's first and pioneering book which launched her career as an internationally recognised anthropologist. Based on Mead's immersive field work in American Samoa in 1925, Coming of Age in Samoa is one of the most widely read anthropology books ever published. Its unwavering influence during the following decades... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 118644
SANDER, Henry Frederick Conrad. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.
London & St Albans : 1888-94 Imperial edition, copy 51 of 100 copies signed by Sander. Published during the heyday of the late Victorian orchid mania, Sander was the foremost authority on the Orchidaceae, as well as the largest grower, maintaining nurseries in England, Belgium, and the United States. He had agents gathering plants worldwide, often dangerous work, and he reports... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 122509
HÖRBIGER, Hanns. Wirbelstürme, Wetterstürze, Hagelkatastrophen und Marskanal-Verdoppelungen.
Kaiserslautern : 1913Scarce first edition. Library Hub and Library Hub locate no copies in UK institutions and just one in the US (University of Chicago). Ten copies were traced in continental Europe (predominately Germany, but also Denmark, the Netherlands, and France).
The Austrian engineer, inventor, and amateur astrologist Hanns Hörbiger (1860-1931) is best... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139363
AINSWORTH, William Francis. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
London : 1838First 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, long before Chesney's own account... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 95148
MALTHUS, Thomas Robert. Essai sur le principe de population.
Paris : 1809First French edition, translated by Pierre Prévost. First published in English in 1798, it was perhaps the most influential work of its era on population, arguing that the growth of a population would always outrun its ability to feed itself. The first edition was so successful that Malthus soon elaborated on it under his real name, culminating in... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 93446
BLOSSFELDT, Karl. Wundergarten Der Natur. Neue Bilddokumente Schöner Pflanzenformen.
Berlin : 1932First edition, portfolio issue: the preferred format of one of the greatest and most influential photographic books ever published, this being the second photobook in Blossfeldt's pivotal trilogy. The artist was by training a botanist; his use of extreme close-up technique began as part of his study. However he swiftly developed a fully-fledged abstracted... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 136442
GOLDSCHMIDT, Richard. Einführung in die Wissenschaft vom Leben oder Ascaris.
Berlin : 1927First edition, later printing ("4 bis 8 Tausend" on title page). Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Julian Huxley from the Author Nov 1927", in pencil in Huxley's hand (and another note, perhaps in his hand, on p. 330). A remarkable association copy, linking two key figures of evolutionary theory and developmental biology: Julian Huxley (1887-1975)... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 104615
RAY, John. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,
London : 1670First 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
GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
Liège : 1760Second 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 Belgium "at the start of his... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 113696
RAY, John. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,
London : 1674First edition, "the earliest attempt to gather, interpret and discuss the remnants of older and local language as a contribution not only to the better understanding of the provincial communities, but to those antiquarian studies which were leading men to a knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic tongues" (Raven). This copy of the issue with a comma... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 90721
MARKHAM, Clements R. Peruvian Bark.
London : 1880First edition, uncommon. "In his second post, from 1854, at what was to become the India Office, Markham was commissioned to carry from Peru to India seeds of the cinchona tree, the source of quinine and then found only in Peru; to establish the tree in India and Ceylon; and to make quinine readily available there. The remoteness of the country, the... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 102127
DARWIN, Charles. Journal of Researches
London : 1839First 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